If you have been issued a U.S. passport (Regular, Official or Diplomatic) after the age of 16, most likely you are eligible to renew or apply for a tourist/regular (blue) passport without an appointment using our Consular Dropbox. To maximize social distancing, we strongly encourage all adults who are eligible to use the Consular Dropbox to do so. Official (maroon) passports can be used to apply for or renew a tourist (blue) passport using the Dropbox, however, the Embassy does not renew Official passports.
Simply drop your completed DS-82 application form (signed and dated), your most recently-issued passport (signed), a passport photo (photo requirements ), and proper payment into the Consular Drop Box in front of the Embassy. You will receive an email when the passport is ready for pick up, in approximately 4-6 weeks.
If you cannot leave your current passport with us until your new passport arrives, please schedule an appointment via our website.
Those seeking notarial services or other passport services may schedule an appointment using this link: schedule an appointment.
The U.S. Embassy in Manama does not issue Official, no-fee (maroon) passports for NSA Bahrain personnel. Bearers of Official passports are eligible to use their Official passport as proof of U.S. citizenship in order to apply for a tourist/regular (blue) passport. Applicants who are seeking to obtain or renew an official passport should contact the PSD office on base.
If you are a U.S. citizen with an emergency situation or need an urgent “emergency appointment”, please email ManamaConsular@state.gov with the subject line “EMERGENCY SERVICE REQUEST” and provide a detailed description of your request, including scanned copies of the travel plans and documentation of the emergency. We will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
Embassy Access: All visitors must identify themselves to a security guard at the main gate in order to gain access to the Embassy. Please bring valid picture ID with you.
Electronic devices such as mobile phones, Blackberries, iPods, iPads, notebook computers, PDAs, headsets, remote-entry automobile key “fobs” or anything with a power plug or battery are not allowed within the Embassy grounds. The Embassy provides storage facilities only for mobile phones and small bags.
Large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages are not allowed within the Embassy grounds.
Visitors who do not follow these instructions will experience considerable delays at the security check point, which could result in the interview being cancelled.
Please note the following persons may accompany a visa applicant during Consular-related visits:
Due to waiting room size, the large volume of applicants and the time required to screen consular clients, other accompanying persons cannot be admitted to the waiting room. Drivers, friends, extra relatives must wait outside or return to meet the applicant after the interview has been completed.
Hours of operation excluding U.S. and Bahraini holidays:
Visas and American Citizen Services are available only by appointment.
Please see our holiday schedule.
If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:
If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.
The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom is wheelchair-accessible.