Bahrain launches new electronic visa system
Manama, July 16, 2014
A new electronic system launched yesterday (July 15) will enable Bahrain's embassies abroad to issue visas directly.
The system, launched by Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) in co-operation with the Central Informatics Organisation, will make use of the latest technologies to improve flexibility, speed and accuracy in provision of services, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
It will also provide a wide-ranged database instead of the traditional method of storing documents and data in paper forms.
"This will replace the old system for issuing visas which lasted for 29 years from 1985 till 2014," NPRA electronic frontier division head Thabet Al Sherouki said.
He said this year will witness the launch of system that will reduce paper documents to the minimum.
He indicated that new systems will link NPRA and governmental authorities to form an integrated network for issuance and extension of visas, renewal of passports and submission of family requests via the electronic passport system.
It will also enable embassies of Bahrain to issue direct visas without going back to the directorate in Bahrain via the Foreign Ministry.
Al Sherouki added that renewal of visas electronically is one of the newest services available, as a citizen will be allowed to renew his passport through the new system by submitting a request.
He can also define the branch which he will receive his service from - this after a prior registry through the electronic key system defined for the service.
"The new system will enable follow-up of all services internally to track the course of the service and to know the reason in case of delay. This will encourage employees to work hard, as long as they are responsible," Al Sherouki said. - TradeArabia News Service