COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated: [09/23/2020]

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 has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine 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.
  • Starting at 7 p.m. on April 9, per the Government of Bahrain’s official efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, it is mandatory for all individuals to wear a face mask in all public venues.
  • All food and beverage outlets are available for takeout and delivery services, while most dine-in services remain prohibited. Some restaurants are permitted to allow pre-booked private dining for groups of 10-20 people.  On September 3, restaurants and cafes were permitted to resume outdoor service with mandatory health precautions.
  • All grocery stores and commercial outlets remain open.
  • Gatherings of more than five individuals on roads, yards, public beaches, parks, and other public places are prohibited. Private beaches are open with mandatory health precautions.
  • As of August 28, limited religious services resumed in Bahrain.
  • The King Fahd causeway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia remains closed to most non-commercial traffic.  The Causeway is now permitting Saudi citizens arriving at BAH to travel to Saudi (one-way). Commercial traffic from Saudi Arabia into Bahrain remains closed for all travelers. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 
    • On September 4, the Government of Bahrain resumed visas upon arrival for eligible nationalities, including U.S. citizens. For more information visit MOI – Visa and Passport Services website.
    • All arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense. These tests cost 30 Bahraini Dinars ($80), and passengers may be required to take two tests, which would double the cost to the passenger.
    • Beginning August 20, passengers who test negative for COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine for 10 days.  Passengers remaining in Bahrain for 10 days or longer will be required to test again on the tenth day in country.
    • 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 negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No 
    • But all arriving passengers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense. These tests cost 30 Bahraini Dinars ($80), and passengers may be required to take two tests, which would double the cost to the passenger.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes 
    • All arriving 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No 
    • But most dine-in restaurants, public parks, movie theaters, public water parks, and other entertainment centers are closed until further notice.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Only if tested positive for COVID-19  
    • All incoming passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival.
    • Travelers remaining in Bahrain for 10 days or longer will be required to test again on the tenth day in country.
    • Positive COVID-19 patients must quarantine until they recover in one of the government’s assigned quarantines. Bahrain has several quarantine facilities in different locations, and patients get assigned to each facility on a case-by-case basis (based on available vacancies in the facilities).

COVID-19 Testing:

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. Visit the website of the Ministry of Health for additional information.
  • Gatherings and of more than five individuals on roads, yards, public beaches, parks and other public places are prohibited. Violators will face a penalty stated in article 25 of the decree-law 5 of 1990 of civil defense of up to three years jail term or/and fined up to 5000 Bahraini Dinars ($13,263) (MOH).
  • Individuals are fined five Bahraini Dinars ($13.30) on the spot for not wearing masks in public venues and outlets.

Consular Operations:

 

  • American Citizen Services: Routine American citizen services remain limited. We are now able to accommodate a limited number of appointments related to: minor passport renewals, reporting a birth abroad, and adult passport renewals that require an in-person appointment.  Notary and other routine services remain suspended. To request an appointment, please email ManamaConsular@state.gov.
  • Visa Operations: Most routine visa services are currently suspended.  The Embassy continues to process all cases eligible for an interview waiver.  We are now processing a limited number of student visas. If you are a returning student studying virtually or in-person, or if you are a new student beginning a program with an in-person component, please email ManamaConsular@state.gov to request an appointment.  If you have travel related to a life or death emergency, please email ManamaConsular@state.gov.

 

Local Resources:

Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Call 444 if you experience any of the symptoms related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The hotline is available 24/7, in Arabic and English.

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