Iranian embassy in Bahrain stiffens visa application conditions for Asian domestic helpers

July 19, 2010
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The Iranian embassy in Bahrain has urged Asian domestic helpers accompanying Bahraini families on trips to Iran to apply for visas at least one month in advance.

“The rules have changed and Asian domestic helpers need to apply well ahead of the scheduled trip,” an Iranian embassy official in Manama said. “They now need clearance from competent sources in Iran,” the official said, quoted by local daily Al Wasat.

The facilities are extended to Asian domestic helpers who assist wheel-chair-bound or elderly people, but they need to submit their papers early on, he said.

Officials attributed the need for early applications to problems that Iran had to face in the past with Asian domestic helpers working for Gulf families.

Thousands of Bahrainis travel annually to Iran for regular tourism, religious tourism or medical treatment.

However, a high number of Bahrainis keen on religious tourism have started flying to Iraq, home to some of the most prominent Shiite sites.

According to Al Wasat daily, the Iranian embassy has slashed visa fee applications by one third, taking it to BD 12 ($31) from BD18 ($46).

The embassy did not give a reason for the reduction, although it was largely seen as a move to attract more Bahrainis to visit Iran.

         

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  • University of Bahrain
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