From: Saudi Arabia
To: Anywhere
From: Saudi Arabia
To: Bahrain
From: Anywhere
To: Bahrain

Important: Be sure to check both general and product-based categories for relevant information. Product-based categories include parts and accessories unless otherwise specified. See disclaimer below and use independent care before relying on this information.

Bahrain: Import (product-based)

Animals and animal products (general)

Imports of livestock and pets require a sanitary inspection certificate.

All imported meat and poultry products require a health certificate from the country of origin and a halal slaughter certificate issued by an approved Islamic center in the country of origin. Halal slaughter refers to animal slaughter performed according to Islamic law.
The health certificate requires consular legalization.

Eggs (individually) must be stamped that indicates their country of origin.

The labeling requirements for imported foods are detailed under the heading "Food products: Processed/prepared food".

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Animal products: Meat

General requirements for shipping meat and meat products (applicable to most countries):

(Last updated on 2014-12-03)

Plants and plant products (general)

A phytosanitary certificate is required for imports of plants and certain plant products.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Plants and plant products, including seeds, for use as food

The labeling requirements for imported foods are detailed under the heading "Processed food".

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Tobacco products

There are regulations concerning maximum nicotine and tar levels per cigarette.

Cigarette packages must meet specific labeling requirements concerning their trademark, the number of cigarettes included, the name of the producer or importer, the packaging date (year), and batch number.

Cigarette packages also must be labeled with the following warning: "Health Warning: Smoking is the main cause for lung cancer and diseases and for heart and arteries diseases." Exporters should check with their importers to ensure that the Arabic wording in the health warning provided by clients meets Bahraini requirements. The warning panels may appear on the side of the package rather than the front.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Food products: Processed/prepared food

Bahrain enforces shelf-life standards for food products. Exporters should consult with their customers in Bahrain to ensure compliance.

Food products containing cyclamates are prohibited.

A certificate from the manufacturer certifying that imported goods do not contain cyclamates is required.

A free sale certificate is required for some foodstuffs.

Prior to being imported, specialty food products such as diet, baby, and health foods must be registered with the Pharmacy and Drug Control, Directorate of Pharmacies and Drug Control, Ministry of Health.

Also required is registry with the Bahrain Standards & Metrology Directorate (BSMD), Pharmacy and Drug Control, Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Labels: (Labels must be in Arabic or Arabic and English.)

Labels for food products must contain the following information:

Other Label requirements - also in Arabic or Arabic and English:

Exporters should work closely with their customers in Bahrain to ensure compliance with labeling requirements.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)


Alcoholic beverages require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Pharmaceuticals (general)

Before any import shipments are made, the Ministry of Health requires registration of all pharmaceuticals as well as of all importers of pharmaceuticals (Bahraini organizations).
Import shipments of pharmaceuticals also require a free sale certificate.
The production date and expiration date are required on each pharmaceutical's label.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Fertilizers (general)

Fertilizers require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides

Pesticides require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Matches, incendiaries

Fireworks require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)


Fireworks require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Precious metals, diamonds and gemstones

Natural pearls require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Machinery and appliances: Electrical (line-powered)

Some electronic equipment may require special authorization from the Bahrain government.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Machinery and appliances: Telecommunications equipment, radios, TVs, and RF devices

Satellite dishes and accessories require an import license.

Generally applicable import requirements for telecommunications equipment:

For these products it is very important for an exporter to check requirements with a prospective importer before concluding the product sale and certainly before shipping product.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Vehicles (general)

General requirements (applies to most countries): There are a variety of requirements that typically or may apply to the import of automobiles and other highway vehicles and parts thereof, including:

For country-specific information see the International Trade Administration Office of Transportation and Machinery's publication: Compilation of Foreign Motor Vehicle Import Requirements.

(Last updated on 2014-12-04)

Arms and ammunition (general)

Arms and ammunitions require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Arms and ammunition for military or police use

Arms and ammunitions require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Military equipment and supplies other than weapons, ammunition

Handcuffs require an import license.

(Last updated on 2013-01-01)

Artwork, antiques, cultural artifacts and collectors items

As a member of UNESCO this country is a signatory of the World Heritage Convention, which defines the kind of natural or cultural sites that are to be considered for inscription on the World Heritage List. By signing this Convention, each country pledges to conserve not only the World Heritage sites situated on its territory, but also to protect its national heritage.

Under the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act stolen objects may be seized if there is documentation of it in a museum or institution of a state party and issues of world cultural and natural heritage are affected.

The UNIDROIT (International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) Convention on Stolen or Illicitly Exported Cultural Objects of 1995 calls for the return of illegally exported cultural objects.

For reference contact: UNESCO Headquarters, 1, rue Miollis, F-75732 Paris Cedex 15, France; phone: +33 145 681000; fax: +33 145 671690

(Last updated on 2014-12-03)

Important: Exercise independent care before relying on information contained herein. Although we strive to ensure all information is correct and current, GISTnet assumes no liability for detrimental reliance on this information. Trade requirements may change with little or no prior notification, de-facto requirements in certain countries vary from official regulations, and particular shipments and/or importers may have special destination customs arrangements. We encourage you to check with the importer or its customs agent in the destination country for specific importation requirements for specific products and circumstances. We ask your help with feedback ( concerning information which may be outdated or incomplete.