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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / express release / air waybill (AWB) / surrender message
  • Packing list properly marked and corresponding to the OBL
  • Authorization letter from owner of the goods to port authorities
  • Duty exemption certificate from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
  • Commercial invoice indicating currency (commodity shipment)
  • Amount of packages (commodity shipment)
  • Insurance certificate (if applicable) (commodity shipment)
  • Legalized certificate of origin (commodity shipment)

Specific Information

  • Do not include flammable items inside the moving boxes.
  • Items contained in the shipment must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial purposes.
  • All shipments are subject to inspection
  • New items have a 5% duty
    • Owner of the goods’ presence / authorization letter from owner of the goods is required
    • Diplomats are free from duties and physical inspection, but not scanning

    Motor Vehicles

    Documents Required

    • Proof of insurance
    • OBL
    • Commercial invoice on new vehicles
    • Certificate of ownership
    • Export certificate from country of origin
    • Car condition report
    • No objection certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (diplomats)
    • Residence permit
    • Owner of the goods’ contact details (telephone number, fax number, address and email) (non-citizens)

    Specific Information

    • Only vehicles less than 5 years are allowed to be imported, unless a classic / vintage, which requires prior permission before the shipment arrives in Bahrain.
    • Valid insurance is required for the registration of the car.
    • The owner of the goods must arrange to obtain the Central Population Registration (CPR) card through the employer’s Human Resources department; once the CPR is obtained, the owner of the goods may obtain a temporary license plate.
    • Customs duties are approximately 5%.
    • Vehicles should not be shipped with a full gasoline tank.
    • The owner of the goods should obtain vehicle insurance directly from an insurance company.
    • Left hand drive vehicles only & GCC specification.


Documents Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Import permit
  • Copy of air waybill (AWB) 

Specific Information

  • Pets may only be transported as cargo; however, assistive animals may be able to travel in the aircraft cabin:
    • Contact agent for specific information.
  • The import permit must be obtained prior to travel from the Veterinary Quarantine Department in Bahrain.
  • The veterinary health certificate must state that the animal is free from disease and is fully vaccinated.
  • Import license to be obtained prior to booking pets.
  • Quarantine for a month (owner of the goods must provide feeding arrangements).

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Firearms (an import permit and permission from the Ministry of the Interior and Civil Aviation Affairs of Bahrain is required).
  • Videotapes (subject to inspection and hold by Ministry officials and released approximately 2-3 weeks after inspection) (non-citizens)
  • CDs, VCDs, books (only large quantities)
  • Personal computers (subject to inspection and hold by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications prior to shipment arrival) (non-citizens)
  • Pianos / musical instruments
  • Foodstuffs
  • Wines, spirits, and alcohol are subject to duty at Customs discretion (diplomats).
    • Medicines are subject to prescription by a doctor (in English or Arabic) (diplomats)
    • Commodity shipments are subject to 5% Customs duty
    • Alcoholic beverages

    Prohibited Items

    • Narcotics and drugs
    • Ivory
    • Pornographic materials
    • Swords
    • Knives, daggers (ornamental, etc.)
    • Wireless equipment
    • Satellite, receivers, cordless telephones, walkie-talkies
    • Guns, arrows, darts
    • Military clothes
    • Gambling games

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