The Embassy has resumed online scheduling of most nonimmigrant visa categories. Applicants should expect significant wait times as services remain limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Embassy continues to process all cases eligible for an interview waiver.
Due to the limited ability to provide interviews for nonimmigrant visa categories, only citizens and residents of Bahrain are able to schedule an appointment at this time.
For Travelers to the United States:
Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 10143.
- South Africa;
- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
- The Republic of Ireland;
- The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)
- The Islamic Republic of Iran; and
- The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above list of countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days.
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.
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.