Pet Passport Bahamas
Regulations for taking a pet, service or emotional support dog or cat to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
The Bahamas do not quarantine healthy dogs and cats who meet the following requirements:
- Import Permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry (Nassau). The import permit is valid for one year from the date of issue but only for a single entry into the Bahamas. Pet owners should apply for the permit well in advance of travel.
- Your pet must be 6 months of age or older to enter the Bahamas.
- Rabies vaccination not less than 1 month and not more than 10 months prior to entry for the one year vaccine and not more than 34 months for the 3 year vaccine. Canine Distemper vaccination is also required for dogs.
- Your pet must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate for the Bahamas presented along with the form IMP 1 completed within 48 hours of entry at the time of arrival in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. At that time you will obtain a pet license for the pet at a nominal cost.
- Your pet will need to visit a licensed veterinarian in the Bahamas for an examination within 48 hours of arrival.
The permit is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. There will be a customs duty at the point of entry.
To leave the Bahamas, an export permit is required which is issued through the Bahamas Agricultural Department.
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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. Read more about CITES.
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.
The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to the Bahamas. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.
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