Bahrain Citizenship

Bahrain Citizenship

BAHRAIN CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are governed by the provisions of the Bahraini Nationality Law of September 16, 1963.  For information on persons born before September 16, 1963, contact the Bahraini Embassy.

  • BY BIRTH:
  • Child born in territory of Bahrain after September 16, 1963, whose father is a citizen of Bahrain (born and domiciled), provided the child does not have another nationality.
  • Child born in territory of Bahrain after September 16, 1963, of unknown parents.
  • BY DESCENT: Child born after September 16, 1963, whose father or grandfather was a Bahraini citizen by birth.
  • BY NATURALIZATION: Bahraini citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions:
  • Person has lived continuously in Bahrain since September 16, 1963, for at least 25 years. (15 years for person of Arab descent)
  • Person must be of good character, have a good command of Arabic, and have an estate registered in his or her name in Bahrain.
  • Person must have acquired permission from the ruler of Bahrain.

BAHRAIN DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED.

BAHRAIN LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP: The ruler of Bahrain must approve loss of citizenship, either voluntary or involuntary. Citizenship lost through involuntary means extends to the person’s minor children.

  • VOLUNTARY: Bahraini law permits voluntary renunciation of citizenship. Contact Bahraini Embassy for details and proper paperwork.
  • INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Bahraini citizenship: Person has voluntarily acquired foreign citizenship.

For more detailed information and advice on citizenship, please Contact EFSAG.