Bahrain International Airport

Airport Information for Bahrain

Transit Information Issuance of VisaWarning: Minimum Connecting Time
TWOV (Transit Without Visa) 
Passengers who have a transit time of less than eight hours and with a valid visa can apply for a transit without visa. 
Except for Indian nationals, passengers can get a transit visa for a maximum stay of 24 hours only. 


Passengers can obtain a 24-hour transit visa on arrival. Such passengers should not have a valid visa issued by Saudi Arabia, which permits entry by land. (Provided the continuing journey is by land using Causeway to Saudi Arabia Fee of BHD 2. 
  • Passengers holding a Saudi Arabian visa endorsed as ‘By Air’ must enter Saudi Arabia by air. 
  • Usage of land transportation is not permitted. This includes ticketed travel between Bahrain and Dammam. Passengers can take the bus or car through the causeway. 
  • Transit and transfer passengers travelling through Bahrain must scan through inbound security control on level 2.8.
  • Passengers without onward boarding cards should proceed to transfer desks for check-in. Passengers holding boarding cards must proceed to the departure lounge at level 6.0
1 hour


Customs Allowance

ImportArms and ammunitionAdditional Information
The following items can be imported by a passenger over 18 years of age. 
  • Cigarettes: up to 400 
  • Cigars: 50 
  • Tobacco: 250 grams
  • Perfume: 8 oz 
  • Alcohol: 1-litre bottle
  • Beer: 6 cans
  • Gifts: up to maximum BHD 250 (approximately USD 600), on items not subject to customs duty.
  • An import permit is a must for arms and ammunition. The transportation of arms, ammunition and all classes of explosives requires prior permission from the Ministry of the Interior and Civil Aviation Affairs of Bahrain.
  • Luggage and gifts must be for personal use and cannot be used for commercial purposes.
  • Frequent travellers and air crew regularly operating on flights into Bahrain are not permitted to import goods on a regular basis.
  • Import of the following items are prohibited in Bahrain:
    • All types of narcotic drugs 
    • Indian paan and derivatives.
    • Used and reconditioned tyres.
    • Cultured pearls.
    • Advertisement material for cigarettes.
    • Radio/remote controlled model aircraft.
    • Children's toy guns capable of firing projectiles.
    • Goods of Israeli origin or 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
Detailed information on these and the list of prohibited items can be found at, where Information can also be found on restricted items that require a permit of No Objection Certificate (NOC).


  • Check-in counters open three hours before departure and close an hour before. 
  • Passengers travelling in first, business and status class can check-in from the exclusive premium check-in facilities. The check-in counters are at the far eastern end of departure.
  • Passengers flying economy can check-in at the main check-in hall. 


 Airport Lounge 

The airport has three distinct lounges for passengers with these facilities: 
Gulf Air Business and First-Class loungeMarhaba LoungeDilmun Lounge
  • Dining room
  • Childcare 
  • Family section
  • Business centre
  • Quiet room
  • Shower facility
  • Prayer room
  • Business centre
  • Food court
  • Smoking area
  • Buffet with a selection of food and beverages
  • Open bar
  • Family room with toys and games for children
  • Baby changing stations
  • TV news channels
  • Special services for disabled passengers
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wardrobes
  • Washrooms
  • Showers 
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Sleeper seats
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Two business / IT centres
  • Fax machine
  • Flight Information Monitor