Last updated: April 19, 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 and provide the information below. Embassy Manama will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- 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 airport remains open but flights are reduced and subject to cancelation with little or no advance notice.
- Beginning February 3, Saudi Arabia suspended the entry of travelers who have been in the United States and 19 other countries, not including Bahrain, within 14 days prior to seeking entry into Saudi Arabia. More details are available here.
- Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to Saudi Arabia with little or no advance notice, therefore travelers are discouraged from traveling to Bahrain for the sole purpose of entering Saudi Arabia.
- It is mandatory for all individuals to wear a face mask in all public venues.
- Limited indoor and outdoor dining is available. Food and beverage outlets are also available for takeout and delivery services.
- In-person attendance at public and private schools and kindergartens is now permitted.
- All grocery stores and commercial outlets remain open.
- Prayers resumed in mosques, to include Friday prayers Isha and Tarawih. Attendance is limited to those with proof of Covid-19 vaccination (14 days after the second dose) or recovery from Covid-19 on the “BeAware Bahrain” app.
- 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.
- 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 from BD 45 to BD 75 ($119-199) 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:
- Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (Government)
- 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.
- 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.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- The Government of Bahrain has resumed visas upon arrival for eligible nationalities, including U.S. citizens. For more information visit 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
- But all arriving air passengers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense. Travelers are required to test on arrival, on the fifth day in country, and on the tenth day if applicable. The cost for three tests is 36 BD ($95). Travelers must download the “BeAware Bahrain” app in advance of travel. Passengers under six years old are exempted from testing on arrival.
- A negative COVID-19 PCR taken in the last 72 hours is required for land entry via the King Fahd Causeway.
- Passengers who test negative for COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine for 10 days, but must self isolate until the results of their first test.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- All arriving air passengers will be tested for COVID-19.
- All incoming passengers at the Bahrain International Airport or at seaports arriving from countries with COVID-19 cases will be given a health questionnaire and screened. All travelers must comply with the requirements of the Government of Bahrain.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- All incoming air passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and are required to download the BeAware app in advance of travel.
- Travelers arriving via the King Fahd Causeway are required to show proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
- Travelers remaining in Bahrain must test on the fifth day and again on the tenth day in country.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 ManamaCRBA@state.gov.
- Visa Operations: The Embassy has resumed scheduling of nonimmigrant and most immigrant 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.
- 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.
- Ministry of Health Bahrain: Instagram account (@mohbahrain)
- Ministry of Education Bahrain: Instagram account (@meobahrain)
- Ministry of Interior Bahrain: Instagram account (@moi_bahrain)
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- State.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page