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:
If you are a non-U.S. citizen who is a nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country. Some categories of noncitizen, nonimmigrants are excepted from this requirement. If you meet the criteria for one of these categories, you will need to fulfill additional requirements to travel by air to the United States. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website.
At this time, all air passengers ages 2 or older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must show a negative result of a COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. For more information about these testing requirements, visit the Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19.
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.
Out of District Applicants:
Appointments for non-residents of Bahrain are available in all nonimmigrant visa categories. However, non-resident applicants can expect longer wait times in all visa categories.
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
All visa interviews at the U.S. Embassy in Manama, Bahrain are handled on an appointment basis only. 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 +973 1619 8885 (7:00 am to 7:00 pm) from Bahrain or +1 (703) 520 2241 between 7:00 am to 3:00 pm EST if you are in the United States. You may also email your questions to support-Bahrain@ustraveldocs.com.
Visiting the Embassy
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.
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:
- Interpreter: Embassy staff can assist in translation from Arabic to English. If an applicant speaks a native language other than those previously listed and does not speak English well enough to participate in an interview, they may bring ONE interpreter to the interview.
- Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may bring ONE person to help if they are elderly or disabled.
- Parents may accompany minor children when applying for a visa or a U.S. passport.
- Attorney: Attorneys will NOT be permitted to accompany clients into the waiting room or at their interviews without an appointment.
- Travel agents are NOT allowed to accompany applicants to the Embassy.
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.
Passport pickup hours are 1:00pm-1:30pm on Sunday and Thursday.
Please see our holiday schedule.