Does anyone know the difference between a transit visa and a normal tourist visa? On the US state departments travel site for Bahrain it states, "Transit visa available upon arrival at the airport is valid from three days to two weeks and require onward/return ticket." I am just curious if a transit visa has different restrictions from a normal tourist visa.
I appreciate any help you can provide.
Are you talking about visas in general or Bahrain in specific?
In general transit visa allow you to either cross the country or stay in in it until you have onward travel. They are very short and you have to leave as soon as you are able.
Tourist visa allow you to visit the country for a specific time. They are less restricted and generally allow you more time.
My guess is that there is no such thing as a tourist visa for Bahrain and that their transit visa doubles as an inofficial tourist visa. Transit visa is the name they gave the document/stamp in your passport and they see no need to rename it even if "tourist visa" would fit better now. There are several countries like this; not every government issues both tourist and transit visa.
That is helpful, thank you!