Last updated: July 15, 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 the U.S. destination your 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.
- Passengers arriving from, or present in the following countries in the last 14 days including in transit, are not permitted entry to Bahrain: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Philippines, Vietnam, Mozambique, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Mongolia, Namibia, Mexico, Tunisia, Iran, South Africa, Indonesia, Iraq, Uganda, and the Dominican Republic with the exception of resident visa holders.
- 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.
- Presently Bahrain is at the Yellow Alert Level. It will move to the Green Alert Level between July 16-18, and adopt the Orange Alert Level July 19-22, during the Eid al-Adha holidays. The level will be reassessed on/after July 23.
- 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.
- 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 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 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.
- Adolescents aged 12-17 may now register for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine with guardian consent.
- Registration is now open for a booster dose for individuals who received the Sinopharm vaccine. 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 and on the tenth day 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? Yes
- All passengers must present a negative test certificate with a QR code for a PCR test administered within 48 hours of their departure from a Red List country or 72 hours from all other countries
- Residents of Bahrain or GCC residents with proof of vaccination or recovery via the “BeAware Bahrain” app or other official GCC apps are required to test on arrival and on the 10th day, but are exempt from quarantine restrictions
- Passengers 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. Those passengers are still required to PCR test at their own expense on arrival and on and tenth day in Bahrain, but are exempt from quarantine. They also 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.
- All other arriving air passengers will also be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense. Travelers, including those not vaccinated in Bahrain, are required to test on arrival and on the tenth day if applicable. 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.
- 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
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- 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.
- 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 ManamaConsular@state.gov.
- Visa Operations: The Embassy has resumed processing of all routine visa services, though applicants should expect significant wait times. Applicants whose appointments were previously cancelled should log into their account to reschedule. 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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