Taking alcohol to bahrain

Old Mar 4, 18, 8:17 pm
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Taking alcohol to bahrain

hello all, after a quick bit of advice. I am due to visit my partner in Bahrain in a few weeks and he has asked me to bring some Brandy out for him as he is finding it very expensive to buy. My question is, how much can I take in my checked luggage? The only information I can find relates to duty free allowance of 1 litre. I have found some info which states that you can carry up to 5 litres in checked luggage but to check with restrictions in country you are flying too, this is where I become stuck! I obviously donít want to load my case with 5 litres to then have it confiscated when I get there or face worse .
All help and advice greatly appreciated
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Old Mar 5, 18, 12:20 am
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I'm not sure where you found the 5L info, most countries allows 1L of hard liquor.

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Information as of  05MAR18 / 0718 UTC
Bahrain (BH)

Import:
- Free import by passengers of 18 years and over:
1. 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco, in
opened packets, if packaging contains a pictoral health
warning;
2. 8oz. of perfume;
3. 1 liter bottle of alcoholic liquor and 6 cans of beer;
4. gifts up to a maximum of BHD 250.- (approx. USD 600.-) on
items not subject to customs duty.
- Prohibited:
- all types of narcotic drugs;
- Indian paan and derivatives;
- used and reconditioned tires;
- cultured pearls;
- advertisement material for cigarettes;
- radio/remote controlled model aircraft;
- children's toy guns capable of firing projectiles;
- goods of Israeli origin and goods with Israeli trademarks
or logos;
- printed publications, photographs, pictures, books,
magazines sculptures and mannequins which contradict Islamic
teachings, decency, or which may be considered immoral;
- seditious or treasonable material;
- asbestos or items containing asbestos;
- raw ivory, ivory articles and rhinoceros horn;
- live swine.
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transportation of arms, ammunition and all classes of
explosives requires prior Permission from the Ministry of
the Interior and Civil Aviation Affairs of Bahrain.

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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.

Crew Members:
- are permitted to import:
1. 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars;
2. 8oz. of perfume;
3. 1 liter bottle of alcoholic liquor and 6 cans of beer;
4. gifts up to a maximum of BHD 250.- (approx. USD 600.-) on
items not subject to customs duty.

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- 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. Animals require:
- a Health Certificate, and
- an Import Permit obtained from the Ministry of
Municipality Affairs and Agriculture / Veterinary
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Baggage Clearance:
- Baggage is cleared at Bahrain (BAH).
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination
outside Bahrain, if it is labeled to that destination.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 7:18 pm
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I can't help wondering why they have a problem with used tires. As far as I could find out, Bahrain has no local tire manufacturing industry that they might want to protect. Does anyone have any insight into this? Could it have anything to do with their automobile races?
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Old Mar 6, 18, 4:21 pm
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Hi Dirto, yes thatís the information I seem to be coming across everywhere, but having looked through the BA website it stated on there that I can carry up to 5L in my checked luggage. This is what is confusing me. Maybe Iím better off to just contact the airline direct and see what they say.
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What the airline allows you to carry in your checked luggage is going to be different than what a specific country is going to allow you to bring in duty free. If you take 5L in your checked luggage, as BA allows, customs at Bahrain can ask you to pay duty for 4L, because only 1L is allowed duty free.
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Old Mar 6, 18, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by sooge_sj View Post
What the airline allows you to carry in your checked luggage is going to be different than what a specific country is going to allow you to bring in duty free. If you take 5L in your checked luggage, as BA allows, customs at Bahrain can ask you to pay duty for 4L, because only 1L is allowed duty free.
you have cleared that up lovely, thank you very much.
My next question then is how much is the duty likely to be? Is it going to be stupidly expensive?
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Old Mar 7, 18, 3:32 am
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My next question then is how much is the duty likely to be? Is it going to be stupidly expensive?
Yes, very stupidly expensive - which is why your partner finds it very expensive to buy over there.

Duty rate on alcohol, as of 2016, is 225% (it was a mere 125%!). In comparison, for most other goods it's 5% ...

So if you take him a £15 bottle of Brandy, you'll be paying an additional £33.75 in duty. Probably best to make the single bottle you're allowed last ...

https://www.moodiedavittreport.com/k...nd-cigarettes/
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Why doesn’t he just buy it at African and Eastern? Their prices seem very reasonable.
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Old Mar 11, 18, 12:06 pm
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Why doesnít he just buy it at African and Eastern? Their prices seem very reasonable.
what is African and Eastern?
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Old Mar 17, 18, 4:06 am
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Google “ african and eastern bahrain”
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I can't help wondering why they have a problem with used tires. As far as I could find out, Bahrain has no local tire manufacturing industry that they might want to protect. Does anyone have any insight into this? Could it have anything to do with their automobile races?
Shiites start tire fires in the road to attract the police. They sometimes tthrow Molotov cocktails during the fight
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Originally Posted by Mariedrinko View Post

Shiites start tire fires in the road to attract the police. They sometimes tthrow Molotov cocktails during the fight
They're pro-democracy protesters, not just a random mob of angry Shi'ites.
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Originally Posted by Efrem View Post
I can't help wondering why they have a problem with used tires. As far as I could find out, Bahrain has no local tire manufacturing industry that they might want to protect. Does anyone have any insight into this? Could it have anything to do with their automobile races?
That leaped out at me too.... I mean the "live swine" restriction was no surprise.... but.. Radio controlled planes???
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Old Aug 12, 19, 12:17 pm
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They're paranoid about anything that could be a drone or an espionage device.
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