COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:  October 9, 2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at ManamaConsular@state.gov.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Bahrain Ministry of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Ministry of Health provides daily updates to its COVID-19 website.
  • The Government of Bahrain (GOB) has implemented enhanced screening measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
  • Passengers arriving, including in transit, from Red List countries in the last 14 days, are not permitted entry to Bahrain with the exception of visa holders and citizens of Bahrain. For an updated list of Red List countries, please visit: https://www.bahrainairport.bh/covid-19-travel-information.
  • The Government of Bahrain (GOB) instituted the COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light System based on COVID-19 positivity rates, to guide and regulate activities across the Kingdom. For more information, including a detailed list of services available at each level, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website. You may select English in the top left corner of the page.
  • The current COVID Alert level is green.
  • It is required to wear a mask indoors at all times. Mask wearing is mandatory outdoors during Yellow, Orange, and Red levels.
  • The airport remains open but flights are reduced and subject to cancelation with little or no advance notice.
  • Starting September 20, all Covid-19 related health services previously provided at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center will be moved to:
    • Bahrain International Hospital for health care services
    • Sitra Mall for vaccination services (daily vaccination services will be continued at health centers across Bahrain)
  • Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to Saudi Arabia with little or no advance notice, therefore travelers are strongly discouraged from traveling to Bahrain for the sole purpose of entering Saudi Arabia. For specific guidance on travel to Saudi Arabia, please visit Embassy Riyadh’s Covid-19 page: https://sa.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Bahrain? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Call 444 if you experience any of the symptoms related to COVID-19. The hotline is available 24/7, in Arabic and English. The Ministry of Health advises patients with mild and moderate symptoms who are under self-isolation and require healthcare to head directly to Bahrain International Hospital without calling 444.
  • COVID-19 tests through the 444 hotline are free for citizens and residents of Bahrain.
  • COVID-19 test results through the 444 hotline can take up to 48 hours to be released, and you can check the results online at the Ministry of Health’s website: https://www.moh.gov.bh/CovidResults
  • The following government organizations or private hospitals provide COVID-19 testing. The cost of the test can vary and results are typically available electronically (email or text) or a physical copy can be picked up. Some sites provide walk-in services with no appointment required, and the price typically varies based on how quickly the results will be available:
  • American Mission Hospital
  • Awali Hospital – Bapco
  • AlKindi Specialized Hospital
  • Royal Bahrain Hospital
  • Ibn Al-Nafees Hospital
  • Middle East Hospital Bahrain
  • Bahrain Specialist Hospital
  • Tariq Hospital
  • Noor Specialist Hospital Bahrain
  • The University Medical Center of King Abdullah Medical City (UMC)
  • Al Salam Specialist Hospital
  • Al Rayan Hospital Bahrain
  • Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are commercially available at pharmacies nation-wide for a maximum price of 4 BD ($10.60).

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Bahrain approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Bahrain for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Vaccines are only available to residents of Bahrain with a valid CPR.
  • Citizens and residents of Bahrain can now register for the Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, or Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines on the Ministry of Health’s website.
  • Adolescents aged 12-17 may now register for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with guardian consent.
  • Registration is now open for a booster doses of multiple vaccines. More information can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • Incoming travelers who were vaccinated in the United States, UK, EU, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, or Singapore with approved vaccination certificates will be provided with a certification card for use within Bahrain upon arrival. Those passengers are still required to PCR test at their own expense on arrival, day 5, and day 10 post arrival in Bahrain but are exempt from quarantine.
  • For individuals who have received a COVID-19 vaccine in another country but who arrived in Bahrain before foreign vaccine records were registered upon arrival at the airport (or otherwise have not had their vaccinated status registered in the BeAware Bahrain app), we recommend that you take the following steps: After downloading the Bahraini Ministry of Health BeAware Bahrain app, open the app and then select the eServices button at the lower portion of the screen. Then select “Reporting Issues About Vaccination Status” and then “You took your vaccine in another country…”. The app will direct you to submit further information about the vaccine you were given in another country and will be reviewed by the Ministry of Health. Once approved, the BeAware Bahrain app will show you as having been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, please note that at this time, we understand that the Government of Bahrain does not plan to offer proof of vaccination through the BeAware app to travelers without a CPR card.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Visas upon arrival are available for certain nationalities, including U.S. citizens. For more information visit the MOI – Visa and Passport Services website: https://www.interior.gov.bh/en/services/nationality-passports-and-residence/eservices
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
  • As of August 31, pre-arrival PCR tests are no longer required for those entering Bahrain from non-Red List countries whose vaccination certificates are recognized. All other travel procedures for arrivals from non-Red List countries remain in place.
  • Vaccination certificates issued by countries whose citizens are eligible for a visa on arrival will be accepted upon entry.
  • All other passengers must provide at the point of departure a negative test certificate, featuring a QR code before departure no longer than 48 hours for those departing from a Red List country and 72 hours for those departing all other countries.
  • Passengers arriving from Red List countries, including passengers who will enter Bahrain temporarily are prohibited from entry unless they are a citizen or hold valid residence visas in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Travelers must download the “BeAware Bahrain” app in advance of travel. Passengers under six years old are exempted from testing on arrival.
  • All passengers will also be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense on arrival, on the fifth day, and on the tenth day in Bahrain if applicable.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR taken in the last 72 hours is required for land entry via the King Fahd Causeway.
  • Non-vaccinated passengers must quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or at a government designated hotel.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes (in limited circumstances)
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated (two weeks out from second dose) are required to quarantine for ten days on arrival at their residence or at a government designated hotel.
  • Non-vaccinated students will have to complete a mandatory period of distance learning upon entering Bahrain. This measure will apply to those attending schools, kindergartens, rehabilitation centers, nurseries, training centers, and institutes. The following applies:
    • All passengers arriving from non-Red List countries, who are under the age of 12, are to quarantine for 5 days, but are only allowed to attend in person schooling 10 days post arrival in Bahrain.
    • All passenger arriving from Red List countries, including those who are under the age of 6, must quarantine for 10 days.
    • All precautionary measures previously announced for passengers entering the Kingdom of Bahrain must continue to be followed.
  • Depending on the symptoms and risk factors, positive COVID-19 patients can either isolate at home or isolate at a private facility approved by the government of Bahrain. High risk, severely symptomatic individuals will be isolated in one of the government’s assigned isolation facilities. Bahrain has several isolation facilities in different locations, and patients get assigned to each facility on a case-by-case basis based on available vacancies.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • It is mandatory for all individuals to wear a face mask in all public venues and while using public transportation and practice social distancing.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • People who break public health rules face either a minimum of three months in jail, a fine ranging from 1,000 Bahraini Dinars ($2,645) to 10,000 dinars ($26,500), or a combination of both.
  • Individuals are fined 20 Bahraini Dinars ($53) on the spot for not wearing masks in public venues and outlets.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services: Routine American citizen services have resumed and appointments can be booked online. Adults renewing their regular (blue) passports are encouraged to use the Embassy’s Dropbox which does not require an appointment. Requests for American Citizen Services for non-Bahraini residents will be handled on a case-by-case basis. To request a CRBA appointment, please email ManamaConsular@state.gov.
  • Visa Operations: The Embassy has resumed processing of all routine visa services for residents of Bahrain only, though applicants should expect significant wait times. If you have urgent travel, please request an expedited appointment online. Immigrant visa services remain open for all visa categories. Applicants should expect significant wait times as services remain limited due to Covid-19. The Embassy continues to process all nonimmigrant visa cases eligible for an interview waiver. Applicants can book a nonimmigrant visa appointment online for a future date.
  • Due to the limited ability to provide interviews for nonimmigrant visa categories, only citizens and residents of Bahrain are able to schedule an appointment at this time. Emergency appointment requests can be submitted online.
  • The Embassy’s ability to accept immigrant visa case transfer requests is extremely limited. To request a transfer, please email ManamaConsular@state.gov with the subject line “IV Case Transfer Request – Case Number”. Please include the beneficiary’s full name, date of birth, and visa class. You will only receive a response if your transfer request is accepted.

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