Italy opens new visa application centre in Bahrain with VFS Global

The Italian Embassy in Bahrain has opened a new visa application centre in Manama in partnership with VFS Global on Tuesday. (09 October, 2018). In a joint statement, VFS Global and the Embassy said the new centre will provide greater seamlessness to visa application processing and residents in Bahrain need not submit their Schengen visa applications at the Embassy.

“We are very pleased to start a new chapter of cooperation with VFS Global, providing a state-of-the-art service in collecting applications for short-stay Visas for travel to Italy and Malta as their main destinations in the Schengen area. We are confident that the new Visa Application Centre will further increase the number of Bahraini citizens and residents in choosing Italy as their destination for tourism and business,” said H E Domenico Bellato, Ambassador of Italy to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In February this year, Italy renewed visa processing contracts with VFS Global for four years for Cameroon, Ghana and Saudi Arabia. Additionally, VFS Global also awarded a three-year contract to manage Italy visa services in Libya and last year, also won the mandate to process Italian visas in Kuwait.

“The Italian mandate to VFS Global follows a 14-year-old relationship with the client government and it is our commitment to provide efficient, secure and convenient visa application services to the residents of Bahrain travelling to Italy and/or Malta as their main destinations in the Schengen area,” said Vinay Malhotra, Regional Group COO – Middle East, South Asia & China, VFS Global.

The centre in Bahrain is located at 18th Floor, Diplomatic Commercial Office Towers, Building 1565 in Diplomatic Area 317, Manama. Queries and appointment requests can be directed to the helpline at +973-16199646 or at The VFS Global Italy website can be accessed at