Telephone: 0808 1000 988
Overseas Telephone: +44 1242 536796

Wherever in Bahrain you are planning to move to, whether it’s Manama, Muharraq or Zalleq, GB Liners are here to help.


Moving and living overseas can be a daunting proposition but with our experienced International Team here to assist, we are on hand to provide all the help and assistance you need for moving to Bahrain. GB Liners have been moving customers overseas for over 60 years and in that time have accrued a wealth of knowledge and contacts that can aid and advise you on every aspect of your relocation to Bahrain. Guidance for living in Bahrain can be obtained from the link below however if you have any queries about life in Bahrain, please do not hesitate to contact our International Team who will share their vast knowledge or put you in touch with one of our many international partners who can!

customs formalities for moving bahrain

Documents Required (submitted/signed by customer)

  • Copy of residential/working Visa.
  • Copy of passport with a valid Residence permit endorsed for all shipments.
  • Authorisation letter.
  • House Lease Agreement Copy.
  • Original Vehicle Ownership Title.

Documents Required (to be completed/arranged by GB Liners)

  • Inventory of the goods in English
    (do not use the terms “Miscellaneous” or “Contents unknown”).
  • Ocean Bill of Lading/Air Waybill (AWB).


All used HHGs are allowed free of duty but subject to owner having a valid Residence Permit. A clear copy of the Bahrain Residence Permit with Ministry stamp & QR Code
printed version is mandatory for customs clearance. Items contained in the shipment must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial purposes.

All shipments are subject to 100% inspection at the port/airport. New items will attract a duty of 5% & 10% VAT.  Whether old or new, customs duty would apply on personal computers, piano or musical instruments (5%), videos (approx. US$ 0,55 per video as screening fee) and foodstuff (5%). Duty free onto CDs, DVDs, LDs, VCDs unless
large quantities are imported.

For further details on inherited goods, diplomatic status, motor vehicles, pets and other exceptional items, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at

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