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Bahrain eVisa System
Institution: General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence
Theme: Electronic and Mobile Government, Institution and HR Management
Implementation Date: Oct 07, 2005
Summary: The Bahrain eVisa System is an online application service for the payment and processing of visas for travel to Bahrain. The application connects to General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence systems and databases in order to automate visa procedures and monitor each visa application for policy and security constraints.

The eVisa System provides the Government of Bahrain with valuable information on individuals who want to visit the country. The information is useful for the tourist industry, which can use it to target and market to a certain level of tourist. The tourist industry can target key international markets from which the majority of visitors come and provide these visitors with additional information on the country.

Many groups of people benefit from this service: individuals who intend to visit the country; residents of Bahrain who are looking for multiple re-entry visas; and companies in Bahrain that want to interview an applicant from abroad. The system can also save biodata electronically; thereby reducing the data-capture process at the airport check-in counter.
Impact: Visitors have the latest information that concerns their travel and can plan accordingly, saving time and money. The Bahrain eVisa System has made the process of acquiring a visa much faster and easier. The user-friendly web site enables visitors to process their requests for a visa without human intervention. As a result, the process is transparent, efficient and cost-effective. In addition, the potential for corruption with respect to the visa process has been reduced.
Source: ITU
Project Home URL: http://www.evisa.gov.bh
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