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General Information

All documents must be submitted by hand or sent to the following address:
Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain
3502 International Drive, NW
Washington, DC 20008

The embassy accepts money orders or company checks only, made payable to:
The Embassy of the kingdom of Bahrain

A prepaid, self addressed return envelope or airway bill is required.

Do not put the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain as the return address. Write your name and address for the sender and recipient of the return envelope or airway bill. Putting the Kingdom of Bahrain embassy name or address anywhere on the envelope or airway bill will result in considerable delays.

The Embassy requires a minimum of 3 business days to process any document.

Please contact the consular section if you have any questions:

(202) 342-1111 ext 823-824

Legalization of Documents

Power of Attorney and Certificates:
All legal documents must have the following:

1. Documents must first be notarized from a notary public

  • Any local Notary public

2. Documents must have a seal from the secretary of state

  • The Secretary of state of the state you or your company resides in.

3. Documents must be authenticated from U.S Department of state in Washington DC.

U.S Department of State
Authentication Office
Columbia Plaza SA-1
518 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: 202-647-5002 or visit their website

Please have the documents returned to you, not to the embassy. This helps avoid the loss of documents during transit, and confirms that the Department of state processed your document.

Send or bring the documents along with an extra copy to the embassy for final legalization:
Money order or company check with the appropriate fee (list below, fees are per document).
If you send the documents, include a pre-paid self addressed return envelope, write your name and address for the sender and recipient of the return envelope or airway bill.
Certificates of Origin:

  • Must be printed on original form and include the following:
  • The name(s) of the manufacturers of the items being shipped
  • List of contents
  • The port of discharge or final destination as " Bahrain " even if the consignee is "Bahrain"
  • A notarized statement by a local notary public certifying that the goods are of pure natural origin and are products of the United States of America

Commercial Invoices:
Must be on the letterhead of the actual seller, and must give an accurate and specific description of the goods; all expenses must be itemized.

  • All invoices must be signed and include the name of the vessel and date of sailing
  • Invoices must be certified as to current export market prices and must include the following statement:
"I,(name, title, company name), hereby swear that the prices stated in this invoice are the current export market prices and that the origin of the goods described herein is the United States of America, and I assume full responsibility for any inaccuracies or errors therein."
  • All invoices must state the total value in US Dollars only.
  • Meat and poultry invoices should include a Halal Meat Certificate from an authorized office
  • Invoices including saplings, seed, fruits and vegetables, and invoices for all medicines and drugs must be accompanied by one of the following:
Health certificate issued by the Food and Drug Administration proving the plant materials are free from pests and other agricultural disease. A health certificate is also required for all medicines and drugs, stating that the medicine or drug is legal and valid for use in the US Phyotsanitary certificate issued by the Department of Agriculture for shipments of flour, rice, seed wheat, agriculture seeds and plants.

Sanitary Invoices:
Export Certificate

  • Certificates issued by the manufacturer are not acceptable
  • Invoices including alcohol and wine are not acceptable
  • All certificates, certificates of origin, and commercial invoices must be legalized by the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC); certificates issued by Canada must be legalized by the local Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Please note
All legal documents must be notarized by a notary public and authenticated by:

National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Washington, DC
1023 15th Street NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 289-5920
Fax: (202) 289-5938

New York, NY
420 Lexington Ave. Suite 2739
New York, NY 10170
Tel: (212) 986-8024
Fax: (212) 986-0216

Houston, TX

1330 Post Oak Boulevard Suite 1600
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: (713) 963-4620
Fax: (713) 963-4609

The U. S. Department of State Authentication Office
518 23 rd Street N. W. SA-1
Colombia Plaza Washington, DC 20520
Tel: 1-800-333- 4636 (202) 647 5002
Fax: (202) 663-3636


  • Documents issued in Canada must be authenticated by the Canadian State Department
  • Certificates of Origin and Commercial Invoices issued in Canada must be legalized by the local Chamber of Commerce.
  • Enclose one photocopy with the original(s) for the Embassy's use
  • Send all documents and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Embassy through the US Postal Service (Express or Priority Mail). If you choose to use another service for the return of your documents, such as FedEx or DHL,
  • Please make sure that your name and address appears in BOTH the Sender and Recipient fields of the prepaid airway bill.

            Fee Schedule

Money Order or company check payable to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain (no cash, credit card or personal check will be accepted)

Document Type


Agreement of incorporation


Sell / Purchase Agreement / Trademark / Assignment


Power of Attorney



To Whom It May Concern


Marriage Certificate


Divorce Certificate


Death Certificate


Certificate of Origin


Health Certificate


Shipping Documents


Other Types of Documents


For commercial invoices, please use the following guidelines:


Invoice value


From $1 to $2,646


From $2,651 to $13,228


From $13,229 to $26,455


From $26,456 to $52,910


From $52,911 to $132,275


From $132,277 to $264,550


From $264,553 and up


*New fee change is effective starting October 1, 2008.

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  • *Ministry of Foreign Affairs' is responsible for coordinating and implementing all matters related to the nation's foreign policy, Bahrain's relations with other countries and international organizations, and to protecting the interests of Bahraini citizens abroad.
  • 3502 International Drive NW
    Washington, DC 20008
    Phone: 202 342 1111,
    Fax: 202 362 2192