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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 the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the 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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Pet Passport Bahamas

Dog Passport Bahamas

Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

The Bahamas do not quarantine healthy dogs and cats who meet the following requirements:

From the United States and Canada:

The permit is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. There will be a customs duty at the point of entry.

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter the Bahamas.

Dog Passport Bahamas

Pets less than 6 months cannot not enter the Bahamas unless they are entering from rabies free countries. 

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to the Bahamas. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: 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 the Bahamas. 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 (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

Pet Microchip: Although the Bahamas do not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling. 

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whenthestarscry
Are ball pythons allowed in the Bahamas? I'm a breeder and have quite a few that would have tonging with me. Just checking incase I move there.
Posted on 2014-01-22 17:48:03.0
PetTravel
We do not have information on bringing snakes into the Bahamas. You may want to contact their Department of Agriculture in Nasau.
Posted on 2014-01-24 02:47:44.0

What are the requirements for pets leaving The Bahamas? Do they need any certification from the Ministry of Agriculture? Please advise...
Posted on 2014-01-29 18:10:37.0
PetTravel
Carolina - sorry we did not catch your post. We can find no published export requirements for taking pets from the Bahamas.
Posted on 2014-03-07 16:52:36.0
john.nemec.3
Are there dog breed restrictions in the Bahamas?? Thanks, Joe
Posted on 2014-03-17 10:15:14.0
john.nemec.3
Hi, Anyone know if there are breed restrictions on dogs in the Bahamas? I can't find anything on restrictions. Thanks
Posted on 2014-03-17 15:48:43.0
PetTravel
Hi Joe - The Bahamas do not publish breed restrictions, however, it would be wise to call the Department of Agriculture to verify: (242) 325-7413 especially if you are bringing a Pit Bull breed.
Posted on 2014-03-18 04:50:58.0
john.nemec.3
Thanks for the reply. It's a Doberman Pincher. I will call them.
Posted on 2014-03-18 04:58:04.0
vanessa.r.scheer
Brought my dog last year to Nassau on vacation, we had a great time! Back on this site because we're thinking of going again in a few weeks
Posted on 2014-06-14 06:30:08.0
lynle.go.1
Hello Vanessa, was it easy to bring your dog with you to the Bahamas? Can you describe your experience and the process and what I should know beforehand? I would really appreciate some advice, thank you!
Posted on 2014-06-16 00:54:35.0
PetTravel
Thanks, Vanessa, we appreciate your comments. Let us know if we can assist in any way. :o)
Posted on 2014-06-16 02:39:11.0
juulharch
It says that I need a Pet Passport to travel to Nassau, how do I obtain one?
Posted on 2014-07-05 12:18:53.0
PetTravel
Judith - you can find details on requirements to take your pet to Nassau here with links to instructions and forms required if you need them: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/bahamas.cfm
Posted on 2014-07-11 02:57:10.0
danielrobert.stroud.9
I have a pit bull service dog I am a war vet and have sever ptsd can I bring him
Posted on 2014-07-14 19:38:57.0
PetTravel
Daniel Robert Stroud Daniel - officials in the islands are a bit sensitive about Pit Bulls. A lot would depend on disposition. Being a service dog would certainly help.
Posted on 2014-07-17 04:11:43.0
lia.nixon.1
Is an international health certificate needed for entry into the Bahamas? We are traveling from USA
Posted on 2014-07-23 15:14:18.0
roderick.lexi
You need to get an import permit first. Fill out this application and fax it to them. Not sure how you will get it being out of the country but they will tell you that - http://www.atlantis.com/content/pdf/marina/Bahamas_Application_to_Import_Domestic_Animals_in_TIOTB.pdf . Then when you get the permit you need to have a vet certificate and also certain vaccinations outlined on the permit.
Posted on 2014-07-23 15:30:05.0
Timmy.Blaiweiss
I moved to the Bahamas and brought my dog with me with all the required documents a year ago. Now I want to take him back with me. What are the documents I need for him to go through US Customs?
Posted on 2014-08-09 02:25:53.0
PetTravel
Hi Tim - to return to the US from the Bahamas, you will only need proof of current rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entry and a health certificate for the airlines, if they require it. We think it is a good idea to travel with one.
Posted on 2014-08-12 04:09:33.0
dawn.ireland.75
Hi, I have a 10 year old Rat terrier i would like to bring to the bahamas, arriving on a sailboat staying for 6 months or so. Problem is, she has had Mast Cell Cancer earlier this year and they recommend you do NOT give these patients any more vaccinations, ever. she does have a 3 year rabies vaccination that is still current thru 2016. Are there any exceptions to these regulations? thank you!
Posted on 2014-09-05 18:08:08.0
PetTravel
Dawn - you should be fine as long as your pet has been vaccinated against rabies within not less than 1 month and not more than 10 months prior to importation for the one year vaccine, and not less than 1 month and not more than 34 months prior to importation for the three year vaccine.
Posted on 2014-09-12 02:51:03.0
michaelgreenberg.1
If I fax them the Permit Application, how do I pay the $10.00 fee? It seems I have to mail the application along with the fee, no?
Posted on 2014-09-17 21:23:04.0
PetTravel
Hi Michael - we would recommend using FedEx. Include a pre-paid, self-addressed FedEx return envelope. The fee is $15.
Posted on 2014-09-18 02:31:06.0