COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   January 18, 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.

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 screeningmeasures 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 depending on COVID-19 restrictions in your country of destination.
  • Saudi Arabia has resumed entry through land, air, and sea ports, including limited passenger traffic on the King Fahd Causeway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to Saudi Arabia with little or no advance notice.
  • It is mandatory for all individuals to wear a face mask in all public venues.
  • Indoor dining resumed with mandatory health precautions including limited seating. All food and beverage outlets are available for takeout and delivery services.
  • Schools in Bahrain have re-opened for full in-person instruction (where class size and social distancing allow), entirely virtual, or a hybrid of the two.  Some nurseries and day cares have re-opened following earlier closures.  Public schools re-opened October 24.
  • All grocery stores and commercial outlets remain open.
  • Limited religious services have resumed in Bahrain.

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 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
    • AwaliHospital – Bapco
    • AlKindiSpecialised 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
  • 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.
  • Citizens and residents of Bahrain can now register for the Pfizer-BioNTechor Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines on the Ministry of Health’s website.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

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
    • All arriving air passengers will be tested for COVID-19 at their own expense. These tests cost 20 Bahraini Dinars ($53), and passengers may be required to take two tests, which would double the cost to the passenger. Passengers under six years old are exempted from testing on arrival.
    • 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.
  • 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. These tests cost 20 Bahraini Dinars ($53), and passengers may be required to take two tests, which would double the cost to the passenger. Passengers under six years old are exempted from testing on arrival.
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR taken in the last 72 hours isrequired for land entry via the King Fahd Causeway.
  • 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.

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? No
    • All incoming air passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and are required to download the BeAware
    • 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 for 10 days or longer will be required to test 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.

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 passports are encouraged to use the Embassy’s Dropbox which does not require an appointment.  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.

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