Spontaneous demonstrations continue to take place in Bahrain from time to time in response to local developments and regional events. U.S. citizens should be aware of the following:
On June 20, the Bahraini government announced it had revoked the citizenship of a prominent Shi’a cleric. This action has resulted in an increase in thus far peaceful demonstration activity focused mainly in the village of Diraz. There has been a significant increase in police presence in Diraz and along the Budaiya corridor. In other Shia villages, nightly clashes between protesters and police have continued at a slightly elevated tempo. The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has increased their presence in various areas to insure public safety and security.
For the past few days, protesters have maintained a constant presence in Diraz; demonstrations are expected and at least some low-level violence may occur. While there have been no direct threats or attacks on U.S. citizens to date, it is strongly recommended that you maintain constant awareness of your surroundings. Protests, which could turn violent, pose a risk to anyone who may inadvertently find themselves in the vicinity of such activity. If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, depart the area immediately and proceed to a safe location.
For further information:
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manama, located at Bldg 979, Road 3119, Block 331, Zinj, at (973) 1724-2700. The afterhours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (973) 1724-2957, and the fax number is (973) 1725-6242.
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).