PCSing to NSA Bahrain
You will be assigned temporary lodging for up to 45 days, once you arrive and receive Temporary Lodging Allowance, which you must apply for every 10 days until housed. Detailed brief and/or complete explanation will be given when you attend the housing brief upon arrival.
All personnel will be housed on the local economy, except for E-4 and below who will reside in the barracks on board NSA Bahrain. The Housing Office staff will assist you in finding a place to live and with execution of a lease. Rent is paid in Bahraini Dinars and not in U.S. dollars.
Upon arrival, you must go immediately to the Navy Gateway Inns & Suites (NGIS) office to obtain Certificate of None-Availability (CNA) to be able to reside at commercial hotels. You or your sponsor can obtain your CNA in advance. If you have advised your sponsor in advance that you are bringing a pet, you will stay at one of three hotels that allow pets. There is no extra cost for pets. Temporary lodging will be in a local hotel for most personnel for up to 45 days with valid CNA from NGIS. NGIS CAN NOT back-date CNA, so you must report to NGIS to obtain it and get paid for TLA. Ensure your sponsor knows your arrival date and whether or not you will be bringing a pet. Your sponsor will make your TLA reservation and/or arrangements through NGIS office. You must validate and pay for TLA every 10 days while in a temporary lodging status, until you are adequately housed.
Since NSA Bahrain Temporary Quarters are relegated toward junior service members, newly arrived individuals will be required to arrange alternate lodging, which will be covered by what is known as Temporary Lodging Allowance (TLA). A fixed amount of money is designated solely for lodging expenses and is not to be confused with per diem.
While newly arrived personnel have various allowances and entitlements sorted, Housing personnel recommend that individuals required to stay in alternate housing have at least $1,500 to cover their expenses for the first 10 days after arrival. This amount of money should cover all expenses and is reimbursable through the submission of receipts and bills to the Housing Office and ultimately to the Personnel Support Detachment.