Comprehensive Road Trip Guide from Qatar to Bahrain via Saudi Arabia

Comprehensive Road Trip Guide from Qatar to Bahrain via Saudi Arabia

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By skenconx

Embarking on a road trip from Qatar to Bahrain means traversing through Saudi Arabia, utilizing the King Fahd Causeway. This guide covers all necessary details for a seamless journey, including visa processes, insurance requirements, and border crossing protocols.

Visa Requirements

  • Saudi Arabia Visa: Required for non-Qatari citizens; apply online or at Tasheer visa centre, Ezdan Mall, Gharaffa.
  • Bahrain Visa: GCC residents can obtain on arrival or apply online. Excludes ‘labourer’ profession category.

Insurance Needs

  • Medical Insurance: Mandatory for Saudi Arabia; optional for Bahrain.
  • Vehicle Insurance: Essential for both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, with coverage specific to each country’s portion of the journey.

Journey and Procedure

  1. Exiting Qatar: Start at the Abu Samra border, completing exit formalities before entering Saudi Arabia.
  2. Crossing Saudi Arabia: After border formalities, head towards the King Fahd Causeway, connecting to Bahrain.
  3. Entering Bahrain: Complete immigration procedures at Passport Island before final vehicle checks and entry.

Travel Tips and Important Locations

  • King Fahd Causeway Toll: Small vehicles start at around QR 24.27; only card payments accepted.
  • Fuel Stations: Available near the Abu Samra border, along the route in Saudi Arabia, and near Bahrain’s entry/exit points.

Key Contacts and Locations

  • Abu Samra Border Customs: +974 4471 4639, +974 4471 4724, +974 4471 4333
  • Bahrain Immigration Services: +973 1713 9292
  • Saudi Arabia Tourism Authority: For visa inquiries, call 00800 101091
  • King Fahd Causeway Authority: +966 13 853 8237 (Saudi), +973 1779 6300 (Bahrain)

Conclusion

Traveling from Qatar to Bahrain via Saudi Arabia is an adventurous journey that requires careful planning, especially regarding visas and vehicle insurance. By understanding the procedures and preparing accordingly, travelers can ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience across the King Fahd Causeway.

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