Customs Rules

Strict laws apply regarding the import of specific items into the Kingdom of Bahrain. You must familiarize yourself with these.

Security checks upon arrival

Follow the Arrivals and Exit signs to Passport Control. After passing through Passport Control, you will arrive at the baggage carousels. Once you have collected your luggage, you have to complete the Customs formalities by either going through the Green channel, if you have nothing to declare or the Red channel, if you have something to declare.

Duty free allowances

Any travelers of 18 years of age and above are permitted to import the following duty free items with them into the Kingdom of Bahrain:

  • Alcoholic liquor not exceeding 01 liter and 06 cans of beer.
  • Cigarettes not exceeding (400) cigarettes in quantity or (50) Cigars or (250) grams of tobacco in open packets.
  • 08 oz of Perfume
  • Personal gifts and effects whose value does not exceed BD 250 and which are not subject to Customs duty.

It is important to know which substances or items are illegal or restricted before entering the Kingdom.

Drugs and medication
  • The Kingdom has a zero-tolerance drugs policy. Possession of any amounts of illegal drugs will result in incarceration of the traveler.
  • A doctor's prescription should be carried along with any medication that is brought into the country. Some drugs and medications that may be purchased over-the-counter in other countries are classified as controlled substances in the Kingdom and are illegal to possess. A person may be arrested and prosecuted if in possession of prescribed or over-the-counter medicines containing, for example, codeine or similar narcotic-like ingredients.
  • Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate for advice if you need to take medications or other drugs into the country.
  • Controlled substances such as cannabis, opium etc. are banned and the penalties for handling these drugs are severe.
Firearms and weapons

The importation of firearms and dangerous weapons is restricted.

Print, audio, video or other media
  • Religious propaganda and potentially offensive printed materials, CDs, videos or films should not be brought into the country.
  • Strict copyright laws are being enforced in the Kingdom, pirated video and audio tapes or illegal computer software will be confiscated.

The Kingdom has a robust system in place to combat money laundering and suspicious financial activities. It is every passenger's duty to declare and submit the appropriate forms to customs officials upon entering and departing the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In line with international criteria and global best practices, when entering or exiting the Kingdom, you are required to declare cash, or any other financial instrument exceeding BD 10,000. There is no restriction on the amount of cash that you may carry. The declaration is for monitoring and statistical purposes.

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