We develop and maintain political, economic and defence relations between Bahrain and the UK and represent British interests in Bahrain.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Bahrain and urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +973 17574100. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Bahrain, call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.

Apply online for an emergency travel document if you:

  • are over 16 years old and
  • are a British citizen and
  • have previously owned a British passport

Contact us to apply for an emergency travel document if you are:

  • over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
  • not a British citizen or
  • applying for a child under 16 years old

Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to make an appointment to apply for an emergency travel document at British Embassy Manama.

Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Bahrain

Get a visa

The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Marriage

For information on getting married in Bahrain, see getting married abroad.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death that occurred Bahrain. You can’t register a birth or death at the consulate general.

Bereavement support

If the death occurred in Bahrain and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Read our guidance on coping with death abroad.

Please note, the Ministry of Health have changed the process of issuing Death Certificates during weekends and public holidays for none Bahrainis. Certificates will be issued only for the following cases:

  • Moving the body outside of Bahrain. In this case a airline ticket or a certificate from the Transportation Department in the Ministry of Health is required if it is through King Fahad Causeway.

  • Request from any official or security authorities.

  • The body has been kept and on hold for more than two days.

If the body is going to be buried in Bahrain, and the medical notification is accredited with the cause of death and the burial permission from the morgue or the forensic doctor. However, the Death Certificate will be issued during working days.

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Bahrain. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.

Notarial and documentary services

We offer some notarial services, including administer an affirmation or affidavit, witness a signature and make a certified copy of some UK documents. See the full list of notarial and documentary services we provide.

Legalisation services

Read our notarial and documentary services page for more information on legalisation.

Request the UK government to get a UK document legalised (certified as genuine).

Local service providers

Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Bahrain. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in Bahrain

What the embassy cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Bahrain

Our people

Simon Martin CMG

Simon Martin CMG

British Ambassador to Bahrain

Contact us

British Embassy Manama, main contact

British Embassy
21 Government Avenue
Manama 306

P O Box 114 Manama
Bahrain

Sunday to Thursday, 04:30am to 1130am GMT
Sunday to Thursday, 07:30 to 02:30pm Local Time

Consular counter hours: Sunday and Thursday: 08:00 to 10:00am. You will need to make an appointment in advance for all routine notarial and documentary services.

Access and opening times