COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: January 15, 2021

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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.

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.
  • The Government of Bahrain (GOB) instituted the COVID-19 Alert Level Traffic Light System based on COVID-19 related ICU admissions, 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 yellow.
  • 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.
  • Beginning January 9, all air passengers must provide at the point of departure a negative PCR test certificate, featuring a QR code, administered within 72 hours of departure. Passengers must test on arrival in Bahrain at their own expense but no longer are required to test thereafter.
  • For the most up-to-date information on airport entry procedures, please visit: https://www.bahrainairport.bh/covid-19-travel-information.
  • Since September 20, all Covid-19 related health services previously provided at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center were 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 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Adolescents aged 12-17 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • All passengers must provide at the point of departure a negative PCR test certificate, featuring a QR code, administered within 72 hours of departure.
  • All vaccination certificates issued from GCC countries or, issued by countries with whom Bahrain has signed a mutual vaccination recognition agreement, or issued by countries whose citizens are eligible for a visa on arrival will be accepted upon entry. Vaccine certificates containing a QR code for vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, or the Kingdom of Bahrain, will also be accepted.
  • 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
  • Travelers must download the “BeAware Bahrain” app in advance of travel. Passengers under six years old are exempted from pre-arrival and post-arrival testing.
  • All passengers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense on arrival.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR taken in the last 72 hours is required for land entry via the King Fahd Causeway.
  • 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 some circumstances)
  • Travelers entering Bahrain from all ports of arrival holding a yellow or red shield on the BeAware Bahrain app and all unvaccinated travelers will need to quarantine on arrival for a period of seven days.
  • 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, 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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