Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
Under the U.S.-Bahrain FTA, bilateral trade in industrial and consumer products, with the exception of some agricultural items, may be conducted duty free. Goods manufactured outside the FTA region may be imported according to Bahrain’s tariff schedule listed below. Bahrain is party to the GCC Unified Customs Union agreement. The agreement eliminated tariffs for GCC member states on 426 items (primarily food and medical products), and lowered import duties to five percent on all other commodities except alcohol and tobacco which are assessed duties at 125 and 100 percent, respectively. The Customs authorities of the GCC countries finalized the Unified GCC Customs Tariff of 2017, which entered into force on January 1, 2017. In February 2017, the GCC states, including Bahrain, ratified the Unified Selective Tax Agreement for the GCC States. It imposes a tax on goods harmful to human health and the environment, as well as luxury goods. Tax rates are determined by the Committee for Financial and Economic Cooperation of the GCC States.
Free import by passengers of 18 years and over:
Duty Exempt Includes most goods traded under the FTA, as well as 426 listed commodities (mostly food and medical products) for intra-GCC trade.
To incentivize FDI, the Bahrain government does not levy duties on imports of raw materials or of semi-manufactured goods, provided that the final products assembled using these inputs will be exported out of Bahrain. The Bahrain government also allows items imported for development projects (excluding spare parts), and transshipments to be imported duty free.
Foreign products entering or already in the GCC are treated as follows:
Arms and Ammunition regulations:
Import Permit required for arms and ammunition. The transportation of arms, ammunition and all classes of explosives requires prior Permission from the Ministry of the Interior and Civil Aviation Affairs of Bahrain.
Entering and transiting Bahrain:
Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals (ESAN/SVAN) can be carried in the cabin. Other pets must be transported as cargo.
Local currency (Bahrain Dinar-BHD) and foreign currencies: no restrictions .
Passengers arriving/departing Bahrain can be requested by the Customs or Security Authorities to disclose the value of any local or foreign currencies, gold or other negotiable instruments that are in their possession.
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Luggage and gifts must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial purposes.
Frequent travelers and air crew regularly operating on flights into Bahrain are not permitted to import goods on a regular basis.
are permitted to import: