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Dog & Cat Services

It is much more complicated for your pet to travel to Barbados than it is for you.

Barbados does not quarantine dogs or cats that meet these requirements; for most countries, your pet must:

  1. be equipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is 15 digit and non-encrypted;
  2. have a rabies vaccination (must be after microchipping; dog/cat must be at least 12 weeks old);
  3. have at least 35 days pass after a first rabies vaccine or a missed booster;
  4. have a heartworm test (dogs and cats more than 6 months old; valid for 30 days);
  5. be treated for ticks and tapeworms within the 7 days prior to arrival;
  6. have an Official Export Health Certificate endorsed by the exporting country's veterinary health authority.

The Veterinary Services Department of the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture is the agency which gives permission to bring a cat or dog into Barbados under the Animals (Diseases and Importation) Act, Cap 253. Their rules for issuing a permit are set out below.

Introduction

The rules governing the importation of dogs and cats into Barbados allow pets to enter the island from all countries. For the purpose of implementing the regulations, countries have been divided into two categories; namely:

  1. Countries and territories that are rabies free or those that present a low risk with respect to rabies (see the points to note for a list of these countries)
  2. All other countries and territories. Animals travelling by sea (e.g. on yachts, cruise ships and cargo vessels) also fall into this category.

The import health requirements will differ depending on the category of country; however irrespective of the country of origin and its rabies status, all dogs and cats entering Barbados must be permanently identified with a microchip (ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785) and must be vaccinated against rabies after microchip implantation.

Import Permit

An Import Permit must first be obtained from the Veterinary Services Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Barbados. Permits are valid for six (6) months from the date of issue. Application forms are available from the Veterinary Services office or can be downloaded from the Ministry of Agriculture’s website at www.agriculture.gov.bb.

Export Health Certificate

All dogs and cats entering Barbados must be accompanied by an Official Export Health Certificate! endorsed (signed and stamped) by the Official Veterinary Services of the country of origin. The certificate must be in English, however where appropriate it may also include the language understood by the certifying veterinarian.

The exporting country’s Official Export Health Certificate may be used provided the required health information is either on it, or officially endorsed and attached to it.

TheOfficial Export Health Certificate must contain the following information:

  1. Country information: Country of origin, name of competent authority, unique certificate reference number
  2. Identification of the animal(s): Microchip number, species, breed, sex and age
  3. Origin of the animal(s): Name and address of exporter
  4. Destination of the animal(s): Name and address of importer
  5. Health information: vaccinations, laboratory tests and treatments, certification statements
  6. Signature, stamp, name and title of official veterinarian,

Health Requirements

Requirements for Category 1 countries

To qualify for entry:

  1. The pets must be microchipped;
  2. the pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted;
  3. thirty-five (35) days must pass after the rabies vaccination before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados;
  4. within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
  5. for countries where the following diseases are endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found to be negative;
  6. within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

Requirements for Category 2 countries:

To qualify for entry:

  1. The pets must be microchipped;
  2. the pets must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted:
  3. thirty (30) days after rabies vaccination, the pets must have a blood test (FAVN rabies antibody titre test) carried out by an approved laboratory, with a result of at least 0.5 IU/ml
  4. ninety (90) days must pass after the successful blood sample was taken before the pets are eligible to enter Barbados
  5. within seven (7) days of travel, dogs must be treated against ticks and tapeworms;
  6. for countries where the following diseases arc endemic, the pets must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found negative:
  7. within seven (7) days of travel, the pets must undergo a veterinary examination and be issued with an Official Veterinary Export Health Certificate.

Points to note:

  1. Eligibility (pets must have been resident in one or more of these countries for at least 3 months prior to entry):
    a. Category 1: Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius & Saba), British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Curacao, Dominica, European Union Member Countries, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Greenland, Guam, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein. Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Russian Federation, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Pierre & Miquelon, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzcrland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Wallis & Futuna

    b. Category 2: All other countries.
    NOTE: For the purposes of this rule, pets resident in a category 1 country for less than 3 months and pets travelling by sea (e.g. yachts, cruise ships, cargo vessels) must comply with the same provisions as pets from Category 2 countries.

  2. Whichever country the pet comes in from, if travelling by commercial airline it must arrive in Barbados as manifested cargo. All pets must clear customs upon arrival.

  3. You will need to employ the services of a customs broker to facilitate veterinary inspection and customs clearance. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put in touch with an experienced and professional customs broker.

  4. Upon arrival, the pet will be taken by the aircraft handlers directly to the Animal Reception Centre where it will be examined by a Veterinary Officer and once approval has been given for the pet to enter the country, a Customs Officer will apply the relevant duties and the pets can be collected by their owner.

  5. Your customs broker must give Veterinary Services at least three (3) working days’ notice of the expected date and time of arrival of the animal. Failure to do so will result in significant delays in getting your pet once it arrives. Your customs broker will need to know the:
    1. Name, address (in Barbados) and contact information of the owner/agent;
    2. Date and time of arrival:
    3. Airline and Flight number or vessel name

  6. In addition to Customs duties, Barbados legislation allows for the collection of various fees on the importation of dogs and cats. Animals landed in Barbados outside of Government working hours, 8.15 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and on weekends and Bank Holidays are subject to overtime inspection fees. The legal instruments include the Agricultural, Diagnostic and Other Services (Fees) Order, 2008 and the Animals (Diseases and Importation Control) (Amendment) Regulations, 2014
    Under these regulations, fees levied by the Veterinary Services are:
    1. Import permit application fee (per animal): Bd$25,
    2. Landing certificate fee (per animal): Bd$60,
    3. Overtime fees payable to the inspector: Bd$150 ~ Bd$300 depending on the day and time of arrival/inspection.

  7. Your customs broker will facilitate payment of the fees above and will charge you approximately Bd$450 (per animal) in addition to these for their services.

  8. Failure to satisfy all of the health conditions laid out in the health requirements will result in your pet being refused entry into Barbados. 

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