Health Alert: COVID Travel Policy in Bahrain

Location: Bahrain

Event: Closure of Non-Essential Services and Updates to Arrival Procedures in Bahrain

Closure of Non-Essential Services:

Beginning at 11:59 p.m. May 27 through 11:59 p.m. on June 10, the following non-essential services are closed: shopping malls and commercial shops, salons, barber shops and beauty parlors, indoor and outdoor dining, gyms, sports halls, swimming pools, beaches and recreational centers, and cinemas.  During this period, there is a ban on events and conferences, attendance at sporting events, and social gatherings at home.  The following services remain open: grocery stores, bakeries, gas stations, auto repair shops, and pharmacies.  For the latest information, please visit our COVID-19 page:

Updates to Arrival Procedures in Bahrain:

U.S. citizens are still eligible for visas upon arrival. There have been reports circulating recently which indicated otherwise.  We encourage all U.S. citizens to double check information they receive with official sources.

On May 24, Bahrain suspended entry into the country for travelers arriving from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Travelers who already have a residency visa for Bahrain or another GCC country are exempt from this policy. 

All non-vaccinated passengers arriving into Bahrain must now quarantine for 10 days on arrival at their own residence or at a government designated hotel and are required to show proof of a negative PCR test with a QR code taken 48 hours before departure and must test on arrival and on the tenth day in country at their own expense.

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 the tenth day in Bahrain, but are exempt from quarantine.

U.S. citizens who received a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and arrived before the Bahraini authorities began providing the certification card on arrival at the airport may visit the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center in Sanabis, Hall 4, or the health clinic on the Bahraini side of the King Fahd Causeway to request a “green shield card” after showing their CDC card.  The Embassy is unable to validate or attest to vaccination cards.

Actions to Take: 

  • Please consult the CDC COVID-19 travel website and the State Department’s COVID-19 Traveler Information website before you travel.
  • Visit the U.S. Embassy in Manama COVID-19 Information website for updates on local COVID-related policy in Bahrain.
  • If you are planning travel to Saudi Arabia, please visit the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia COVID-19 Information website for information on travel to Saudi Arabia.
  • We encourage all American citizens overseas to enroll in the STEP program to receive automatic updates from the Embassy. If you know an American citizen who is currently abroad and not enrolled, we encourage you to inform them of the STEP program.  


  • U.S. Embassy in Manama: +973 1724-2700
    Bldg 979, Road 3119, Block 331, Zinj, Manama, Bahrain
  • In case of an emergency, the State Department’s consular emergency center can be reached by calling 888-407-4747 toll-free from U.S. or by calling 202-501-4444 from an international telephone. 
  • For general traveler information on Bahrain please see this website
  • Follow the U.S. Embassy in Manama on Facebook and Twitter.