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Bahamas Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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The Bahamas do not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.

Note: No animals will be permitted to enter the Bahamas from either Cuba or Haiti.

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Pet Microchip

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Your pet does not need to be identified with a pet microchip to enter the Bahamas, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.

If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.

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2.

Vaccinations

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If over 3 months of age, your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 10 months for the one year vaccine and not more than 34 months for the 3 year vaccine prior to entering the Bahamas. Your dog or cat must be at least 6 months of age to enter the Bahamas.

Your dog must have current vaccinations against Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Adenovirus, and Coronavirus.

Your cat must have current vaccinations against Feline Leukemia, Feline, Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline Panaleukopenia and Feline Pneumonitis.

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3.

Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

A rabies titer test is not required to enter the Bahamas from any country.

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4.

Health Certificate

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A licensed government veterinarian must complete the health certificate for the Bahamas and, along with the form IMP 1, both 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.

5.

Import Permit

pet passport forms

An Import Permit from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry will be required. 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.

6.

Internal and External Parasites

tapeworm treatment

Your veterinarian must certify that your pet is free of internal and external parasites at the time of examination.

7.

Entering the Bahamas by Air

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All live animals must enter the Bahamas by air at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau or Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport. There will be a customs duty at the point of entry.

Your pet will need to visit a licensed veterinarian in the Bahamas for an examination within 48 hours of arrival.

All 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.

8.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Bahamas

The Bahamas do not publish a list of banned breeds.

9.

Exporting Pets Living in the Bahamas

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All pets leaving the Bahamas must have an export permit which is issued through the Bahamas Agricultural Department.

10.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles 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

11.

CITES

CITES endangered turtle

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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