F1 fans flock to Bahrain
Manama, March 10, 2010
Around 100,000 visitors are expected to descend on Bahrain this weekend as the Formula One Championship roars into action in Sakhir.
It compares with 90,000 visitors last year and 88,000 in 2008, according to figures released by the General Directorate of Nationality, Passport and Residence (GDNPR).
The data includes arrivals by plane and via the King Fahad Causeway from Saudi Arabia.
GDNPR finance and human resources director Nayef Al Sherooqi said 46 nationalities can receive visit visas on arrival to attend the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, at the Bahrain International Circuit.
However, he warned strict action would be taken against anyone who overstayed.
“F1 visitors are not allowed to take any employment, their visa can’t be extended and they must leave within two weeks,” he said.
“The GDNPR has set up several fast-track lanes at the airport solely dedicated to passports and immigration procedures related to F1.”-TradeArabia News Service