Long-Term Housing

Minimum Rental Periods

The minimum rental agreement period is typically 1 year.

Required Documents for Signing a Lease

Typical documents required to sign a rental contract include:

• CPR (Residency visa)
• Valid passport.
• Letter of employment

Standard Security Deposit

The security deposit is equivalent to 1 months’ rent. .

Local Norm for Returning the Security Deposit

The security deposit will be returned upon termination of the lease and completion of a walk through inspection. Any damages incurred will be deducted from the returned security deposit.

Rental Commission

Should you utilize the services of a real estate agent to help you in your search, agencies usually collect rental commission equal to 6%-12% of the annual rent.

Payment of Rental Commission

Rental commission is typically paid by the landlord.

Accepted Method of Payment

Wire transfer or cheque are the preferred methods of payment.


School Registration

School Fees

Typical school fees include:

• Application fee, payable upfront (non-refundable)
• Registration fee
• Tuition fee
• Security deposit (refundable)

Accepted Method of Payment

Bank transfer is the most common and preferred payment method.

Additional Notes

It is recommended to start looking at schooling options prior to arrival, as places are limited in the International Schools


Obtaining a Driver’s License


The process to get a driver’s license depends on the origin country of the current license. Most European countries, and USA can exchange the driver’s license. Other nationalities need to provide a driver’s license and pass a test.

Additional Notes

It is advisable to obtain an International driver’s license prior to arrival in Bahrain. This can be used to drive until converting a home country license to a Bahrain driver’s license.


Opening a Bank Account

Required Documents

In order to open a bank account, you may be asked for:

• Valid residency permission (CPR)
• Passport with valid residency stamp
• Work contract
• In some cases, sponsor’s letter will be required.

Time Required

It may take 1-3 working days for your account opening to be complete.

Additional Notes

Some examples of International banks include: HSBC, City Bank, Standard Charter. National Banks: Ahli United Bank, National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), Ithmaar Bank.