Bahrain and the U.S. have reached an agreement to extend the validity of tourist visas granted to citizens of both countries from five to ten years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Embassy have announced.

The agreement will be implemented at a future date, the statement said.

“This agreement is a reflection of the long and rich history of mutual cooperation, partnership, and friendship between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America. Together, our governments and citizens have endeavored side-by-side in academic, industrial, healthcare, business, and social pursuits for over a century. This agreement will serve to broaden and enhance those continued pursuits.”