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‘File 13/8 PASSPORT REGULATIONS GOVERNING PERSIANS AND BAHRAINIS' [‎116r] (233/520)

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The record is made up of 1 file (257 folios). It was created in 17 Sep 1928-15 Nov 1929. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.

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ti> them some method #f laeetin^ tixc nar^sliipe •f rcraiaii
i»u^6cts not in posisseaoi^a «r passperte, who wlahaci tt
travel on )m»Xnmu or pleasure haa to bo & oy 18 o 4»
of Uiooo ijaUivldtUiia tod been loa^ doMolXod in B«air^iii.
4. iUsy per son leaving ikaixuin eto^or, muot be
in poooeoalon of a pemit fron local autnority and none
in allowed to land in Bahrain without a reoogaioed travel
document. In the clrcumntanceB tht 'Bahrain Government #
with tiio Political EeoMont 1 ® apxiroval, eocene ed the
practice of granting Persians tlm neceooary permisoion
to return noma and at tne umw time, in deoirable oaoeo«
issued a docuaeat authorising the bearer and members of
Ms family* mentioned by vumt, to return to Bahrain, the
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pemit to enter Ifeiirain is also in special cases*
granted to Persians residing out of the islands.
In this way hardship to pearl divers wording
for Arab merchants ana to other persons engaged in
genuine trading operation© in avoided, while at the sa^
time the Bahrain Government refuse to recognise Persian
Ilm-o-Khabars.
the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. does not countersign tnose
documents, nor is any reference made to him before they
are issued*
5, the Bahrain Government, who propose to coi>
-tinue these special permits to Persians# who nre
persona gratia to themselves, now desire to issue to
their own subjects a regular document printed in arabic
and English in the form * a * of which X enclose a copy.
They are willing that these documents should be counter**
•signed by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. as before the war.
In para 6 of India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. letter Ko. J? 17
of 10th March 1927 it was stated that the issue of passes
by the ahaiith of Bahrain himself was a course which His
Maoeaty'a 0,yornia,nt depr,oat«<s In desire t,
a rerival ef the ^uautian of Ui« statu, .f
Bahr&la

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The file contains notes and correspondence between the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain; the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Bushire; the Adviser to the Bahrain Government; the Director of Customs and Port Officer, Bahrain; the Commandant, State Police, Bahrain and the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, Sharjah, about passport regulations in operation between Bahrain and Persia.

The correspondence discusses the following: no longer accepting the transit passes called Ilm-o-Khabars, customarily issued by the Persian authorities to both Persian subjects travelling to Bahrain, and to Persian residents of Bahrain travelling to Persia for business or pleasure; replacing the Persian Ilm-o-Khabars held by Bahrainis and Persians living in Bahrain, with special permits issued by the Bahrain Government for travel to Persia and the Persian ports; reports of Persians, Iraqis and others travelling to Bahrain for medical treatment without valid travel documents; reports of Persians coming to Bahrain from India without a visa from the Indian Passport Officer, Bombay; the issue of travel passes by the rulers of Dubai and Kuwait to Persians, for travel to Bahrain; the legal position with regard to the ownership of landed property in Persia by foreigners (folios 31, 47 and 57).

There is correspondence with the Foreign Office, London and the Government of India about the following: British approval for the issue of passports and travel passes by the Ruler of Bahrain (Sheikh Hamad) during a politically sensitive period, following Persia’s renewed claim to Bahrain; ending the practice at the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Bahrain of issuing British certificates of identity to Persians travelling to Persia from Bahrain.

There is correspondence with Sheikh Abdullah bin Qassim al-Thani [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], the ruler of Qatar, about reports of Persian visitors travelling from Persia to Qatar and obtaining Qatar travel permits to enter Bahrain, even though they are not residents of Qatar.

There is correspondence with the Government of India and the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Jeddah about making sure that intending travellers to Bahrain from Jeddah are aware that they must be in possession of valid travel documents.

The file also includes: two Bahrain Government public proclamations in 1928 regarding new Bahrain passport regulations (folios 28-30) and new Bahrain Customs procedures (folio 41) for sailing boats and sailors, including diving boats and divers entering Bahrain; a list compiled by the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, Sharjah in 1929, providing the names of all the recognised ruling sheikhs of the Trucial Oman kingdoms: Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman [Ajmān], Himriyah [Al Ḩamrīyah], Um-al-Qaiwain [Umm al Qaywayn], Abu Dhabi, Ras-al-Khaimah [Ra’s al Khaymah] (folio 73).

The file contains numerous documents in Arabic: mainly letter correspondence, public notices and travel documents, including three passports issued to subjects of the Sultanate of Nejd and Dependencies (folios 112-114).

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1 file (257 folios)
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The file papers are arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: numbered 1-2, 3-3A, 4-121, 122-122A and 123-257 in pencil in the top right hand corner and encircled. The numbering starts at the front of the file, on the file cover (f.1) and ends on the last file enclosure (f.257) at the back of the file. In a similar, secondary foliation of the file, the number is written in pencil in the top right hand corner, but not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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