Huff Post Travel: How to Avoid Getting Scammed When You Purchase an eVisa

Comments under the recent article about my trip to Bahrain and Abu Dhabi alerted me that I had severely overpaid for my Bahrain eVisa. The $170 fee seemed expensive when I applied but I thought it was similarly priced to my recent Paraguay, Brazilian and Argentinian visas which charged $160 each. The expense seemed annoying but an unavoidable cost of traveling.

The commenters made it clear that I was hoodwinked. It seemed odd since I purchased it online from what I thought was the new Bahrain government eVisa site. It turns out that instead I procured it from a site that looked official but had no connection to the Bahrain government. As a result, I overpaid a whopping $93.