Non-emergency American Citizen Services are now offered by appointment only. However, U.S. citizens renewing an adult passport do not need an appointment if they use the Consular Dropbox.
The Consular Section provides the following for United States citizens in Bahrain: updated security and travel information for those traveling to and living in Bahrain, information on how to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, information on voting overseas, information about filing taxes abroad. The Consular Section also offers the following services to American citizens: it accepts passport applications for first-time applicants and those who want to renew passports, registers the birth of children with the Consular Report of Birth Abroad certificate, provides notarial services for U. S. citizens as well as foreign nationals who will use certain documents in the U. S., provides a list of attorneys, offers medical information for American citizens in Bahrain, and aids those who are applying for social security benefits while overseas. In 2013 the U.S. Embassy designated specific areas as “red zones” (restricted travel areas) and “yellow zones” (daylight travel only). The current restricted travel areas are here, reposted following an update to the embassy website. For additional Bahrain security related information, go here.
The Consular Section also provides emergency assistance to United States citizens in distress: when an American is financially destitute, arrested, separated from minor children, or sick. The Consular Section provides assistance to families of U. S. citizens who pass away in Bahrain.
American citizens are subject to local laws in the Kingdom of Bahrain. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Prior to travelling to Bahrain, please consult Bahrain’s Customs Authority website to learn about prohibited materials. In addition to the materials listed, the Embassy has received reports of foreigners arrested for bringing natural items commonly associated with drug use including CBD oil and poppy seeds.