The Embassy is now scheduling online appointments for passport services. Appointments are limited to maximize social distancing. Due to limited staffing and to maximize social distancing, emergency appointment requests will only be accommodated for matters of life or death or confirmed travel within the next 72 hours.
Adult Passport Renewals:
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 drop box in front of the Embassy. You will receive an email when the passport is ready for pick up, approximately 10-14 business days later. Proper payment can be in the form of either a cashier’s check/prepaid check, printed by the bank in USD only from your local bank or Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) on NSA Bahrain, or a money order in USD only from the United States Postal Services (USPS) on NSA Bahrain. Payment must be payable to U.S. Embassy—Manama, Bahrain.
If you cannot leave your current passport with us until your new passport arrives, please schedule an appointment via our website.
Official No-Fee Passports:
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.
Schedule an Appointment:
To schedule a passport appointment for minor children and adults who are not able to apply using the Dropbox, please use this link. If you are renewing your passports as a household, please only make one appointment and list all family members attending.
Consular Report of Birth Abroad:
To request a CRBA appointment please email ManamaConsular@state.gov with the subject line “CRBA APPOINTMENT REQUEST”.
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. We will respond to you at the earliest opportunity.
Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest COVID-19 and U.S. Citizen Services updates.
First-time Adults Age 16 and Over
- Please fill out Form DS-11.
- Schedule an appointment online.
- Bring one 2” x 2” photo on a white background, the DS-11, an original or certified copy of a birth certificate (copies will not be accepted) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and a second form of valid photo ID with a signature to your appointment.
Adult Passport Renewals Age 16 and Over
If you are renewing an adult passport you do not need an appointment.
Fill out Form DS-82. Please note that you qualify to use Form DS-82 only if the following conditions apply to your most recently issued passport:
- Undamaged (other than normal “wear and tear”)
- Issued when you were age 16 or older
- Issued within the last 15 years
- Issued in your current name (or you can document your name change with an original or certified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order)
You may circumvent an in-person appointment at the embassy by delivering the following application materials via the Consular Dropbox located by the visitor’s parking lot. Please place the materials in one of the clear plastic envelopes adjacent to the Dropbox and then place the envelope inside the box.
- Completed DS-82 form, signed and dated.
- A passport photo (photo requirements).
- Your most recently issued passport book, whether regular (blue), official (brown), or diplomatic (black).
- Payment. 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. Payment must be exactly $110 (passport book only), $30 (passport card only), or $140 (passport book and card), payable to U.S. Embassy—Manama, Bahrain.
If you cannot leave your current passport with us until your new passport arrives, please schedule an appointment so you can keep your passport in your possession until the new one arrives.
If you choose to schedule an appointment online and appear in person for your passport application, please bring your most recent passport with you, regardless of whether it is current/expired, and regular/official/diplomatic
If you are a military member with a valid FPO address and you appear in person for your passport appointment, you may qualify for FPO delivery service. Please inquire at the time of your appointment.
Minors Under Age 16
- Please fill out Form DS-11.
- Schedule an appointment online.
- Both parents and child should be physically present at the appointment. Parents must take an oath and sign for the minor child. Do not sign the DS-11 until after the Consular Officer has taken your oath.
- If one parent cannot be present for the appointment, a DS-3053: Statement of Consent for Issuance of a Passport to a Minor must be completed and signed in front of a notary. The original, notarized DS-3053 must be submitted at the time of the appointment.
- Parents must present their passports, naturalization certificates, or current government or military IDs.
- Bring one 2” x 2” photo on a white background, the DS-11, an original or certified copy of a birth certificate (copies will not be accepted) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad to your appointment.
- Minors who are applying for a renewal can bring their previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport as evidence of U.S. Citizenship.
THIRD PARTY ATTENDANCE AT PASSPORT AND CRBA APPOINTMENT INTERVIEWS
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
o Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
o Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
o The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
o It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
o Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
o Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
o To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
o The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
o No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
o Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
o During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
o Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
o Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.
- A U.S. Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry and is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The passport card cannot be used for international travel by air.
- Fill out Form DS-11 or DS-82 here.
- Schedule an appointment online.
- Bring one 2” x 2” photo on a white background, the DS-11 or DS-82, and a valid photo ID with you to your appointment.
Lost or Stolen Passport
- We advise that a police report be filed with the Bahraini authorities immediately if you feel that your passport has been lost or stolen. Obtain a police declaration and bring this with you when you apply for a new passport.
- Fill out Form DS-64: Statement Regarding a Lost or Stolen Passport and Form DS-11: Application for a U.S. Passport.
- Schedule an appointment online.
- Bring one 2” x 2” photo on a white background, the police declaration, the DS-64 and DS-11 and a valid photo ID with you to your appointment.
This service is no longer available.
Fees and Photos
- For appointments at the Embassy, fees can be paid in U.S. dollars (USD), Bahraini dinar or by credit card. A comprehensive schedule of fees can be found here.
- If you are applying for an adult passport renewal using our Consular Dropbox, we accept money orders in USD only from the United States Postal Service (USPS) on NSA Bahrain, or a cashier’s check in USD only from your local bank. Payment must be exactly $110 (passport book only), $30 (passport card only), or $140 (passport book and card), payable to U.S. Embassy—Manama, Bahrain.
- All photographs must taken within the last 6 months and be 2″ by 2″ (two inches by two inches), excluding any borders
- Make sure the photo presents the full head from top of hair to bottom of chin; height of head should measure 1 inch to 1-3/8 inches (25mm to 35mm)
- Photograph background must be white or off-white
- Applicant image must be centered and facing forward
- Position subject and lighting so that there are no distracting shadows on the face or background
- Be taken in normal street attire, without a hat, head covering, or dark glasses unless a signed doctor’s statement is submitted verifying the item is used daily for medical purposes.
- Passports (both first-time and renewal) generally take 10-14 days to process but could take as long as 14 days.