Information for Personnel Traveling on Rotator to Bahrain


Service members, DoD civilians and their families with PCS orders to Bahrain will travel on government flights originating at the Navy’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) Air Terminal in Norfolk, Va. The address is:

8449 Air Cargo Road
Naval Station Norfolk
Norfolk, VA 23511-4494

If you are departing from the Norfolk AMC Terminal, click here for directions from the Southside or click here for directions from the Peninsula. To download those directions as a Microsoft Word document, click here. You can also call (757)444-4148, (757)444-4118 or 1-877-417-1695 (Toll-Free) for up-to-the-minute flight information.

For more information about AMC Norfolk, call (toll-free) 1-877-417-1695, or visit the Web site at:

Arrive at the AMC terminal at least two hours prior to your scheduled flight time.

The terminal is open daily from 4 a.m. – midnight.

Bahrain is seven hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Savings Time in summer, and eight hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in winter.

The transatlantic flight will typically be aboard a Boeing 767-300ER, and will include meals, snacks and beverage service throughout all legs of the flights. Movies are shown throughout the transit, and complimentary pillows and blankets are available.


There is one flight every week departing from Norfolk. Flights depart on alternating weeks to Rota, Sigonella, Bahrain and Djibouti; and Lajes, Naples, Souda Bay, Bahrain and Diego Garcia.


Unless otherwise directed by your command or service, appropriate civilian attire shall be worn on all flights. AMC travelers shall not wear open-toe shoes (such as flip-flops or sandals), revealing or tattered clothing.

Passengers traveling to Bahrain should dress in layers for the flight, as there are potentially great differences in temperatures during stops along the transit.


All passengers, visitors and baggage are screened before entering the passenger terminal.

Do not place valuables, medicine, or important documents in checked baggage. Passengers should ensure their names and current addresses are on and inside bags. Baggage ID tags are available at the passenger check-in counters.

Each passenger is authorized two pieces of baggage not to exceed 70 pounds each or 62 linear inches. The sum of linear measurements (length/width/height) must not exceed 62 linear inches. Bags larger than 62 linear inches and/or heavier than 70 pounds will be counted as two pieces. Checked baggage exceeding the allowed weight criteria will be counted as an extra piece for each increment of 70 pounds.

Excess baggage is only authorized for passengers traveling on official orders with this endorsement. Charges will be assessed on a per piece basis, based on the passenger fare. The minimum rate per piece for excess baggage is $10 and the maximum rate is $85.

Each passenger is authorized one carry-on bag. Carry-on baggage cannot exceed 45 linear inches. Carry-on baggage must fit securely under the seat or in the overhead compartment, if available.


All passengers will need to produce the following documents at check-in: travel orders, ID card, and passport/visa (not required for active duty military).

Additionally, all passengers must have at least two forms of identification and one must be a photo ID.


Pet shipments are restricted to dogs and cats only. Travelers with pets must reserve pet shipments with their transportation office, provide current health and vaccination certification and have Air Transport Association approved pet carriers.

Show time for passengers with pets is no later than two hours, 20 minutes prior to scheduled departure, and all pets must remain in their container while in the terminal area.

Very small pets will be allowed to accompany their sponsoring passengers in the aircraft cabin, all other pets will travel in a temperature and pressure controlled cargo area year-round.

Pets weighing over 150 lbs., including the weight of the cage, will not be allowed to travel via AMC.

There are no “blackout” periods for flying with pets due to extreme summer or winter temperatures.


All stops at Lajes, Naples, Souda Bay, Rota and Sigonella have vending machines, lounge areas, restrooms, wireless Internet access and designated smoking areas for passengers’ use. The Sigonella and Rota air terminals have small outdoor children’s play areas, and there is a USO in Naples’ terminal (open Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). There is a small Navy Exchange and café adjacent to the air terminal in Bahrain.

For further questions, please contact Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs Office at 011-973-1785-4027.
For Naval Support Activity Bahrain at 11-973-1785-4000.
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