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Customs Regulations in Bahrain

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Passport (original)
  • Work Permit
  • Residence Permit (valid for two years, endorsed on the Passport)
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Bank Guarantee
  • Customs Bond
  • Proof of Employment
  • Inventory (a clear copy, detailed and in English) -- PBO "packed by owner" not acceptable
  • Certificate from Arab Chamber of Commerce at origin

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  • CUSTOMER'S PRESENCE AT CUSTOMS CLEARANCE IS REQUIRED
  • All shipments are 100% inspected
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free but subject to the owner obtaining a Residence Permit for a two year minimum. If a two year permit is unobtainable, shipment can be cleared upon payment of a customs deposit.

DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS

  • New items (purchase invoices required, are dutiable)
  • Tobacco, alcoholic and perfume products are highly dutiable
  • Personal computers and all musical instruments including pianos are dutiable
  • Videocassettes are subject to a screening fee
  • Cordless telephones are subject to inspection by the Ministry of Labour
  • Foodstuff is subject to a Health Inspection and dutiable

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Narcotic drugs
  • Pornographic pictures, films, videos and literature
  • Pearls
  • Explosives
  • Weapons, firearms, and ammunition (including decorative or toy items of this nature)
  • Products of Israeli origin or anything related to Israel is banned and liable for confiscation
  • Political and religious literature offensive to Islam and the Bahrain government is banned and liable for confiscation/prosecution
  • Wireless transmitters, communications equipment and satellite dish antennas
  • ALL PRINTED MATTER, FILMS, BOOKS, PICTURES, RECORDS, TAPES, SLIDES, MOVIES, VIDEOS, COMPACT DISCS, COMPUTER SOFTWARE, ETC. SUBJECT TO CENSORSHIP AND CONFISCATION (MUST BE PACKED SEPARATELY FOR EASY ACCESS)
  • VIOLATORS SUBJECT TO SEVERE PENALTIES, including possible JAIL TERM
  • If a carton is suspected to contain prohibited items, the entire carton is kept in Customs for further scrutiny. Prohibited items will be confiscated, destroyed or shipped out at Customer's expense.
  • MEDICINES require a check by the Ministry of Health

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Duty is applicable
  • Documents required:
    • Invoice
    • Original passport
    • Current Insurance Policy (for Bahrain)
    • Residence Permit (valid for two years)
    • Certificate of Registration
    • Title of ownership

PETS

  • Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian at the place of origin abroad (This Certificate must be in English)
  • Import License required

URL: http://www.bahraincustoms.gov.bh
   

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