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In line with precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the local authorities of Bahrain has mandated that all non-essential business remain closed from the 26th March, 1900 hours till the 9th April, 1900 hours. Therefore the Italian Desk of VFS Global in Manama will remain closed from the 29th March to the 9th of April 2020.

The Italian Embassy in Manama is at your disposal for any further information (


Covid-19- Notice to visa applicants

All visa applications can be accepted anytime and be presented up to 6 months before the departure date.

From 18.03.2020 ad for 30 days it will not be possible to enter inside the Schengen area from Third countries.

The restrictions will not apply to citizens of EU counties and associated Schengen countries and their family and to Third countries citizens having a resident permit or a long tern National visa.

The guidelines of the European Commission foresee the following exceptions, in order to enter the EU territory:

It should also not apply to other travelers with an essential function or need, including:

- Healthcare professionals, health researchers, and elderly care professionals;

- Frontier workers;

- Transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods and other transport staff to the extent necessary;

- Diplomats, staff of international organizations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers in the exercise of their functions;

- Passengers in transit;6

- Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons;

- Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.

Therefore the issue of Schengen and National visas to Italy will be restricted, in the following 30 days, to the abovementioned categories.

Kindly take note that the Italian Ministry of  Health has foreseen that everyone entering Italy, even if asymptomatic will be requested to stay in self-isolation for 14 days from there entry..

Visa and Service fees cannot be refunded.

The Italian Embassy in Manama is at your disposal for any further information (

Please take note that the response of the Italian Government to tackle epidemiological emergency from COVID-19 has been timely, as also acknowledged by the WHO and the EU and it has been mainly based on maximum transparency and clarity towards the national community and international partners. We are also working with our neighbours to develop harmonised protocols and shared lines of action on controls on people entering their respective countries. We are witnessing a worrying proliferation of inaccurate and alarming news, in some cases fake news, about the health situation in our country that does not reflect the reality of a contagion phenomenon that remains significantly limited to certain small and delimited areas within a few regions.

The work of our country is and will remain characterised by maximum transparency towards the international community. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is maximising its efforts to fight the dissemination of misleading and inaccurate messages and information. Such information may influence the decisions of our partners' health authorities concerning the travel and work programs of their citizens in areas of our country, only marginally and indirectly affected by the infection, and with a minimal and isolated number of diseases.

For any updated information visit also:

We hereby inform the foreign citizens applying for Schengen visas that according to the new EU Regulation on Visas (1155/2019), the consular fee for the submission of the application will rise from the 2nd of February 2020 from 60 € to 80 € and from 35 € to 40 € (children from 6 y.o. to 12 y.o.).

As per art. 9(a) to the new EU Regulation on Visas (1155/2019) applications can already be presented 6 month before the departure date.

For all other relevant information about the new EU Regulation on visas, please click on the following link:




The Italian Embassy in Manama cooperates for short-stay Visas("Uniform Schengen Visa" - Type C) with the external service provider VFS GLOBAL, in charge of the Italy Visa Application Centre. Applicants wishing to obtain a Schengen visa for travel to Italy and Malta as main destination can therefore submit their applications to the said Visa Application Center (Sunday to Thursday from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm).
For more information and to book an appointment please visit or call (+973) 16199646 or send an e-mail to   

Application will then be forwarded to the Embassy of Italy in Manama for visa processing. Any assessment and decision on visas is taken by the Embassy only. The visa does not guarantee entry into the Schengen area. The requirements for entering are checked again at your point of entry by immigration officials.

You may also wish to submit your Schengen visa application directly to the Embassy. For more information and to book an appointment please send an e-mail to .

The Visa Section of the Embassy of Italy will continue to handle directly national visa and long term visa (such as study, family reunion), official delegations and diplomatic visas. To book an appointment please send us an e-mail to

For any additional information on the rules and procedures governing the visa application procedures and requirements, please visit the website  


The Visa Information System started operating on 2 October 2012

Visa information System (VIS)


Information on personal data processing

Web Portal for on-line Visa Applications