Bahrain Pet Passport & Regulations
Bahrain does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Dogs must be vaccinated against rabies, canine distemper, parvo, hepatitis and Leptospira no less than 30 days and not more than one year prior to entry. See information below for puppies and kittens.
Cats must receive the rabies vaccine and the tri-cat vaccines at least 30 days but not more than one year prior to entry. See information below for puppies and kittens.
Rabies Titer Test
If you are entering Bahrain from a country considered by the OIE to be rabies-free, your pet will not need a rabies titer test. The determination for the rabies classification will be made at the time of import permit application, but generally, these are considered rabies free countries.
If your cat or dog is entering Bahrain from a rabies-controlled country or a high-rabies country, your veterinarian will need to administer a rabies titer test no sooner than 21 days after primary vaccination in order to avoid quarantine.
Even with a rabies titer test, your pet will be taken to a quarantine center where it will undergo inspection after clearing customs.
Please note that there are countries where no more than a 2 hour quarantine will be applied. (including the United States) The affected countries can change, so our recommendation is to have the rabies titer test done regardless so there is no question as to whether quarantine is imposed on your pet.
Your pet's rabies titer test will be valid as long as rabies vaccinations have been kept current since the test was administered.
After the vaccinations are completed, a licensed veterinarian must then complete the health certificate for Bahrain within 10 days of travel. If traveling from the United States or Canada, your veterinarian must be USDA or CFIA-accredited respectively and the form must be endorsed by the USDA or CFIA. If you are traveling from another country, the governmental agency responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms. A copy of the rabies certificate and rabies titer test should also be included for endorsement.
An import permit is required when entering Bahrain with a personal pet and it is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A treatment for internal and external parasite is required just prior to entering Bahrain.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens must have two doses of all above vaccines. The first dose must be given not sooner than 2 months old** and the 2nd dose given 2-3 weeks later. The puppy or kitten can then be given a titer test (if required) 21 days after the second vaccination.
**Please note that, even though Bahrain's regulations permit a rabies vaccination at 2 months, the recommended age for rabies vaccination is 3 months.
Puppies less than 3 months are not permitted entry into Bahrain.
Entering Bahrain by Air
Pets must enter Bahrain at the Bahrain International Airport in Muharraq as air cargo. You will need an IATA-compliant pet crate for this type of transport.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Bahrain does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Bahrain. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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