Bahrain

Beginning January 31, 2012, Bahrain requires the use of an international bank account number (IBAN) on all payments/transfers to and from Bahrain regardless of currency.

The official website of the Central Bank of Bahrain states:

"Retail banks will start issuing IBANs to customers from 1st September, 2011. Banks and customers are required to use IBAN in making the following payments from 31st January, 2012:
  1. Domestic electronic payments to and from customer accounts of banks in the Kingdom of Bahrain;
  2. Cross-border outgoing electronic payments from customer accounts of banks in the Kingdom of Bahrain to customer accounts of banks/financial institutions in countries that have adopted IBAN (and made its usage mandatory); and
  3. Cross-border incoming electronic payments to customer accounts of banks in the Kingdom of Bahrain from customer accounts of banks/financial institutions in countries that have adopted IBAN as well as countries that have not adopted IBAN."

Failure to provide an IBAN may result in that payment being rejected, delayed or incurring additional charges.

For more information on payment formatting, please visit the section titled "Bahrain" in J.P. Morgan's Treasury Services' Global Payment Guide 2013-2014.

For complete information and frequently asked questions concerning the use of an IBAN in Bahrain, please visit the IBAN page on the website of the Central Bank of Bahrain and Bahrain's IBAN Standard Document

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