Nonimmigrant Visas

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:

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.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.

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.

Visa Appointment Wait Time

Residents and Citizens of Bahrain:

On our Visa Appointment Wait Times page, please select “Manama” under U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

Out of District Nonresidents: 

Appointments for nonresidents of Bahrain are available in all nonimmigrant visa categories.  However, nonresident applicants can expect longer wait times in all visa categories.  Current estimated wait times for out of district, nonresident applicants:

Visitor Visa (B1/B2): 45 days
Student/Exchange Visitor Visas (F, M, J): 7 days
All Other Nonimmigrant Visas (H, L, O, P, Q): 7 days

Out of district residents who do not speak English or Arabic are required to bring their own translator.  All issued visas are returned through Aramex and not picked up directly at the Embassy.  While average processing times are five business days from interview to pick up at Aramex, nonresident applicants should be prepared for processing delays and may need to adjust their travel accordingly.

Last updated February 1, 2023

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.

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.

Embassy Location

U.S. Embassy’s address is:

Street Address:  Building No. 979
Road 3119, Block 331
Zinj District
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.

Detailed map on the Embassy’s location.

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.

Please see our holiday schedule.

Visit our B-1 Visas for Domestic Employees page for detailed information.