The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manama is responsible for providing visa services to those seeking to enter the United States for a temporary period and for those wishing to take up indefinite or permanent residence in the United States. Please visit our Global Support Services (GSS) website for complete information on applying for a nonimmigrant U.S. visa, including a directory of nonimmigrant visa categories.
All nonimmigrant visa application fee (also known as the MRV fee) payments made on or after October 1, 2022, are valid for 365 days from the date a receipt is issued for payment of the MRV fee. Applicants must schedule an interview appointment or submit an interview waiver application during this 365-day period. Please note applicants must only schedule their interview or submit their waiver application within the 365-day period. There is no requirement the interview must occur during the 365-day period. All receipts for payment of MRV fees issued before October 1, 2022, were extended until September 30, 2023, and remain valid until this date.
Please note that because of ongoing COVID mitigation measures in Bahrain, applicants for visas and other consular services at the U.S. Embassy in Manama may experience longer wait times.
If you have emergency travel, please submit an expedite request through your account.
For Travelers to the United States:
The Administration will end the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travelers at the end of the day on May 11, 2023, the same day that the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. This means starting May 12, 2023, noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers will no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States. CDC’s Amended Order Implementing Presidential Proclamation on Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic will no longer be in effect when the Presidential Proclamation Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic is revoked.
Please see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/05/01/the-biden-administration-will-end-covid-19-vaccination-requirements-for-federal-employees-contractors-international-travelers-head-start-educators-and-cms-certified-facilities/
The Embassy’s ability to accept immigrant visa case transfer requests is extremely limited. To request a transfer, please email ManamaConsular@state.gov with the subject line “IV Case Transfer Request – Case Number”. Please include the beneficiary’s full name, date of birth, and visa class.
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Bahrain at the U.S. Embassy in Manama.
To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program. Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on usvisas.state.gov to begin applying for an immigrant visa.
Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.
All visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain are handled on an appointment basis only.
U.S. Embassy’s address is:
Street Address: Building No. 979
Road 3119, Block 331
Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain
Applicants should enter the Consular Section at the Embassy’s North gate on Road 3119. Parking is available on Road 3118 in the lot next to the North gate. The only form of public transportation to and from the Embassy is by taxi.
Individuals seeking general information about U.S. visas or needing to schedule a visa appointment should visit Apply for a U.S. Visa or you may call:
You may also email your questions to support-Bahrain@ustraveldocs.com.
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.