Bahrain has issued a stimulus package of $11.4 billion (29.6% of the country's GDP) to counter the COVID-19 economic impact. This includes a draft law to pay private sector salaries, and to pay utility bills for individuals and businesses for three months.

Face masks are mandatory in all public venues in Bahrain, and the King Fahd causeway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia remains closed to non-commercial traffic. Whilst ensuring health and social distancing guidelines are followed, all salons and hair barbers reopened on 27 May.

As of 22 June, Bahrain reported a total of 21,764 cases of COVID-19 with 16,419 recovered and 64 deaths. Its Ministry of Health has set up a 24-hour national hotline service (which can be reached by dialing 444) to report suspected or confirmed cases, or for any questions about COVID-19 in English or Arabic.

For more information on doing business in Bahrain, visit myNZTE - our free online portal for curated, in-depth information and guidance. 

Supply chain, logistics & freight

In attempt to ease import restrictions, Bahrain currently accepts electronic copies of the Certificate of Origin in lieu of original papers.

All sea and airports are receiving shipments around the clock. Food shipments are considered high-priority shipments and goods must be cleared rapidly by Customs within approximately two hours.

There is no curfew imposed in Bahrain, and thus no impact on working time for freight and customs clearance.

The following cargo companies are still operating in Bahrain: DHL, Kanita, Turkish, Euro France, Polar, Texil, and Emirates Airlines.

Tradeshow and event information

The 14th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition (Geo 2020) was scheduled to take place in Bahrain over 16–19 March 2020, and has been postponed until 15–17 September 2020.

Additional resources

Below you can find information and contact details for other New Zealand government and international agencies regarding their response to COVID-19.

New Zealand Government agencies
COVID-19 helpline for businesses
New Zealand Customs
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
New Zealand Export Credit (NZEC)
MFAT Export Helpline
MFAT Safetravel
Callaghan Innovation
Ministry of Health
WorkSafe New Zealand

Global agencies

World Health Organization (WHO)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Contact NZTE

We're available to talk to you about any issues your export business is facing due to COVID-19.

For existing NZTE customers, please contact your New Zealand-based Customer Manager.

If you're unsure who to contact or haven't worked with us before, you can call NZTE on 0800 555 888 or email below and one of our Customer Advisors will help you.