Frequently Asked Questions on VAT

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What kinds of imported goods are exempt from VAT?

Goods that are imported into the Kingdom of Bahrain are exempt from VAT if they are:

  1. Goods that are exempt from taxes or zero-rated in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  2. Special needs equipment.
  3. Diplomatic and/or military equipment.
  4. Personal luggage and household appliances brought by citizens residing abroad who are going to reside in the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time.
  5. Imports of returned goods.
  6. Personal items and/or gifts in travellers’ luggage.
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