U.S. Citizen Services

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.

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.

Appointment System for All Services

In order to ensure efficient service, 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.

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 3-4 weeks.

  • If you are applying for an adult passport renewal using our Consular Dropbox, you may submit payment online via Pay.Gov for $130 (passport book only). Currently, our overseas online fee payment form via Pay.gov is available only for passport book renewals.  You must submit a copy of your Pay.Gov receipt with your application as proof of payment.
  • If you are applying for a passport book and card, we accept Money Order in USD only from the United States Postal Service (USPS) on NSA Bahrain, or Cashier’s Check in USD only from your local bank, payable to “U.S. Embassy–Manama, Bahrain”. Payment must be exactly $130 (passport book only), $30 (passport card only), or $160 (passport book and card). Do not include any fee for expedited services – expedite fees are only applicable for domestic renewals. Do not submit cash. 

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.

Alerts and Messages

See all Messages and Alerts for U.S. Visitors to Bahrain.