Last updated: June 12, 2022
*** As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.
Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- 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.
- The COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light Systems is suspended until further notice. All indoor facilities have returned to 100 percent capacity. Individuals no longer need to present a Green Shield vaccine pass.
- Mask wearing is now optional in both indoor and outdoor areas. According to the National Medical Taskforce, mask wearing is encouraged when in the company of high-risk individuals and those with chronic health conditions.
- Pre-departure COVID-19 testing before travel to Bahrain and COVID-19 testing on arrival to Bahrain is no longer required. The airport remains fully open.
- For the most up-to-date information on airport entry procedures, please visit: https://www.bahrainairport.bh/covid-19-travel-information.
- 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/
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Bahrain? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 24 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 BD 4 ($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.
- Which vaccines are available in Bahrain? 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.
- Children and adolescents aged 5-17 may now register for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with guardian consent.
- Registration is now open for a booster dose of multiple vaccines. More information can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. 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.
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
- Further information on entry procedures at the airport can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website: https://healthalert.gov.bh/en/category/entry-procedures-through-airport
- Passengers arriving to the Kingdom of Bahrain do not need to conduct a PCR test upon arrival.
- Cancellation of the precautionary quarantine for all arriving passengers.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Transportation Options
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
Fines for Non-Compliance
- People who break public health rules face either a minimum of three months in jail, a fine ranging from BD 1,000 ($2,645) to BD 10,000 ($26,500), or a combination of both.
- American Citizen Services: Routine American citizen services 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, though applicants, particularly non-residents, 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. 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.
- 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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