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Pet Passport Jamaica
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Jamaica

Jamaica is a rabies free country. No dog or cat shall be imported into Jamaica unless it was born and breed in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and has not been vaccinated. All dogs and cats entering Jamaica will be quarantined for 2 weeks upon arrival.

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

Dog Passport Jamaica

Kingston is the only approved port of entry for animals.

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Jamaica, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.

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 Jamaica. 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 Jamaica. 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 Jamaica does 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 Jamaica. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at 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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Posted on 2013-09-09 23:31:14.0
Diana - you can only take an unvaccinated dog that was born and bred from Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and must enter from those countries. These dogs will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
Posted on 2013-09-10 02:34:37.0
So you mean if my dog is vaccinated and with a certified document from a veterinarian it can not enter the country?
Posted on 2013-09-10 03:21:00.0
From the USA
Posted on 2013-09-10 03:21:31.0
wow this is dumb, what is it ? rest of colionialism ? nice ! A dog from France or Italy can t enter? But dog from vicious england enter? nice ppl ! Poor animals,
Posted on 2013-10-21 19:29:37.0
At one time the UK was deemed rabies free. Not anymore since they relaxed the rules. That is why it makes little sense.
Posted on 2013-10-28 02:53:27.0
Is there a travel airline that ships unescorted pets from the usa to jamaica
Posted on 2014-01-01 17:25:55.0
I have a five year old dalmation I adopted from a dog refuge in tenerife canary Islands spain, had him microchipped and vacinated and now would like to take him to Jamaica .....and I cant ??? is that correct ???
Posted on 2014-02-04 10:51:14.0
Sadly, that is correct. Jamaica will only allow unvaccinated pets from England, Ireland and Northern Ireland to enter. I am sorry...
Posted on 2014-02-05 04:17:50.0
I am going to work in Jamaica from Grad Cayman my three dogs are all passported and micochiped as the mother came from Uk with me to grand cayman and tne others are her two pupples who are also passported will they still have to go in quarantine
Posted on 2014-02-10 19:06:50.0
You are emigrating then!! When do you go, will you be working there. Hope all is good xxx
Posted on 2014-02-10 19:15:48.0
And we were just about to book to go to Grand Cayman too! Never mind. Might catch up after you have finished Island Hopping!
Posted on 2014-02-10 19:22:11.0
WHAT. ... darn, was hoping for a nice visit to "catch up" !!!! Will you still be with the same company?
Posted on 2014-02-11 03:20:42.0
Just as we were planning on coming over!! Tell me more? Xx
Posted on 2014-02-11 18:31:16.0
Pets cannot enter Jamaica from the Cayman Islands. According to regulations of Jamaica, "no dog or cat shall be imported into Jamaica except such an animal was born and breed in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Dogs and Cats vaccinated against rabies are not allowed entry into Jamaica." Further, it states that "no dog or cat imported into the Island shall be landed if it has been in contact with any dog or cat other than a dog or cat coming directly from Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland." The health certificate must come from DEFRA and pets must enter Jamaica from the UK. The problem is, if they were to return to the UK, your pets must be vaccinated for rabies which would unfortunately disqualify them for entry to Jamaica.
Posted on 2014-02-12 03:55:10.0
What about service dogs going to Jamaica?
Posted on 2014-02-20 11:01:57.0
Michael - Service dogs are subject to the same requirements as other dogs when entering any country. Additionally, Jamaica does not permit any animal that has been vaccinated for rabies to enter the country.
Posted on 2014-02-21 04:22:21.0
I'll definitely visit you in Jamaica. How long are you there for?
Posted on 2014-02-26 23:32:24.0
im from mexico and my wife is jamaican, we have 2 dogs, one is from the european union, Netherlands and one is from Mexico. we are planning to move back to jamaica, what can we do? can you assist us?
Posted on 2014-03-10 02:11:30.0
Daniel - Jamaica is not pet friendly at all. It will only permit pets born and raised in the UK or Ireland to enter. Additionally, if your dog has ever been vaccinated (which it should be) it will not be permitted to enter as Jamaica has outlawed the rabies vaccine. Makes no sense really. Many other rabies free islands have pre-travel preparations that pet owners can do that will afford them entry, but not Jamaica. :o(
Posted on 2014-03-11 02:07:58.0
What happens once the pet arrives in Kingston and is quarantined - is there a cost associated to this and if so what is it?
Posted on 2014-04-28 00:36:57.0
Renita - pets cannot enter Jamaica unless they were born and raised in the UK. Your pet will be returned to its originating country or destroyed if it attempts to enter from any other country.
Posted on 2014-04-29 03:42:40.0
I enyered jamica from thw uk with my cat. Can I leave jamaica with my cat and return back to england with her
Posted on 2014-05-10 03:59:54.0
Sorry I was trying to say : I entered jamaica from the uk with my cat. Can I leave jamaica with my cat and return back to england with her?
Posted on 2014-05-10 04:04:41.0
Alisha - according to DEFRA regs, pets may not be prepared for the Pet Travel Scheme in Jamaica. To re-enter the UK, your pet will need a microchip and rabies vaccination and the rabies vaccine is not permitted in Jamaica. You can ask your vet, but this is most likely the source of the problem.
Posted on 2014-05-11 14:30:02.0
I wish that I could bring my dog from USA, with me to Jamaica. If I could I would have returned to live there, but I just cannot live without my dog. So I will only visit. So sad.
Posted on 2014-06-07 16:26:39.0
The problem with re-entering the UK is that you will need to microchip your cat, then vaccinate her for rabies. (in that order) We understand that the rabies vaccine is not permitted on the island. Ask your vet about this. The EU does note that pet cannot be prepared for the Pet Travel Scheme in Jamaica due to this law.
Posted on 2014-06-09 03:21:00.0
i want to bring a dog from jamaica back to england with me can i have some info on this?
Posted on 2014-07-11 23:31:41.0
Fiona - in order to return to the UK with your dog, it must be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies. The sticky part of taking a pet out of Jamaica is that the rabies vaccination is not allowed on the island. DEFRA recognizes this and states that preparation for the PET Scheme cannot be accomplished on the island. Consult with your vet and inquire about this. You may have to consider entering another country and have your pet vaccinated there.
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:42:54.0
PetTravel any idea which country is closest to get this done?
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:52:39.0
Fiona Diedrick The US is changing its rules about bringing unvaccinated pets into the country. Until August 9, 2014 you can request home quarantine. After that time, you will need permission from the CDC. to bring an unvaccinated pet into the US. Once here, you can have your pet microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies. You will need to wait 21 days prior to entering the UK. Your pet will need an Annex II form and a tapeworm treatment between one and five days of entry. Details and links to instructions and forms here:
Posted on 2014-07-18 02:08:40.0
Are dogs from the US banned from entry into Jamaica?
Posted on 2014-07-31 22:09:46.0
Hi Carolyn, were you able to bring your pet with you finally? If so how did you do?
Posted on 2014-07-31 22:37:30.0
Blandine - Jamaica is a rabies-free island and does not permit animals from anywhere other than the UK to enter. They have outlawed the rabies vaccine, so vaccinated pets cannot enter from the UK either. It is such a beautiful island and someday they will change this rule as it makes little sense.
Posted on 2014-08-01 04:25:27.0
If I got a pup in Jamaica and brought it to the US, would I be able to return with the Jamaican bred and born dog?
Posted on 2014-08-21 00:03:45.0
Kaat - unfortunately, you would not. Once your pup is out of the country, it is exposed to rabies which would prohibit it from re-entering Jamaica.
Posted on 2014-08-23 00:10:16.0
I lived in the bahamas I have a small panorainian dog I
Posted on 2014-09-01 22:46:18.0
I have his certificate that he is fully immunized from a vetarainian now u all say I can't enter the country with my dog that's so sad U all need to let dogs enter jamaica once it's fully immunized I am so upset
Posted on 2014-09-01 22:50:48.0
Now I will a bad trip without my baby ain no one could take care of my baby like me it's so sad
Posted on 2014-09-01 22:56:24.0
Shena - are you not returning to England? It is true that vaccinated pets cannot enter Jamaica. Why not transport your pet to England from the US?
Posted on 2014-09-04 20:06:35.0
Hello , is Canada included in GB ?? thanks
Posted on 2014-10-04 15:14:54.0
Ian - unfortunately, Canada is not included in Great Britain. Pets are not permitted to enter Jamaica from Canada or the US.
Posted on 2014-10-06 03:58:26.0
Question...I am currently living in PNG, which is a rabies free country and am considering moving to Jamaica. Would my dog, who was born in PNG and has never had a rabies vaccine be able to enter into the country?
Posted on 2014-10-09 02:58:59.0
You're moving to Jamaica? Permanently? What about John?
Posted on 2014-10-13 15:43:30.0
Tammy - No dog or cat shall be imported into Jamaica except such an animal was born and breed in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Jamaica is such a restrictive island when it comes to importing pets.
Posted on 2014-10-15 02:44:21.0
that should be "born and bred"
Posted on 2014-10-17 13:40:11.0
Desreine Taylor Thank you. Sorry about the typo.
Posted on 2014-10-19 12:38:28.0
hi im going to live in Jamaica im from the UK and intend on taking my husky with me ...her annual vaccines are up to date and shes micro chipped to save any heartache about her not being excepted when she arrives is there anything further I can do to make sure her entry goes smoothly?
Posted on 2014-10-29 10:29:33.0
Caroline - Jamaica is a very difficult country to enter. Here is the issue: the UK will require that your pet be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to leaving the country. The problem with that is that Jamaica will not permit vaccinated dogs and cats to enter. The rabies vaccine is outlawed in the country. We expect the laws will need to change at some point, but we have not seen the changes yet. You can try emailing here:
Posted on 2014-10-30 03:23:54.0
Can a dog from Australia enter Jamaica? We are an island nation and we don't have rabies here either? Is there any chance a dog from Australia would be considered?
Posted on 2014-11-26 09:59:17.0
I hate Jamaica, I'm in the same situation :(
Posted on 2014-11-29 18:17:17.0
Tom - despite the fact that Jamaica has been officially notified that their pet import regulations prohibit pets from any country from entering Jamaica, there have been no changes as of yet that we are aware of. Vaccinated pets are not allowed to enter the country. Pets must be born and raised in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or Ireland. Problem is that the UK requires rabies vaccination before the pet leaves the UK. That is the Catch-22. Currently, the answer is no. Maybe it will change soon.
Posted on 2014-12-01 02:38:40.0
whats the process of carrying tropical fishes to jamaica ?
Posted on 2014-12-02 04:07:57.0
Do not have regs for bringing fish to Jamaica, but certainly expect an import permit would be required. Try contacting the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (+876 977 2489)
Posted on 2014-12-02 04:41:08.0
I would like to take a shih tzu - poodle mix petc from jamaica to the us. Is that possible?
Posted on 2014-12-07 16:27:38.0
Sheryl - as Jamaica does not permit pets to be vaccinated for rabies, we assume that your pup is not vaccinated for rabies. In order to import it from the US, you would have to get permission in advance from the Center for Disease Control ( You would also need to travel with it. Know that, once your pet is vaccinated for rabies (which is a good thing) it cannot return to Jamaica. (strange, but true.)
Posted on 2014-12-11 03:09:05.0
Hi, I am moving from Ireland to Jamaica and I would like to take my two ginea pigs with me. Could you please tell me where I can get information about the papers/permitions I need to do? Thanks a million. Maria
Posted on 2014-12-14 23:55:12.0
Maria - The importation of all live animals into Jamaica from Ireland requires an import permit from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture PRIOR to arrival in Jamaica. You should also get a health certificate from your vet.
Posted on 2014-12-15 20:41:00.0
Thanks a million!
Posted on 2014-12-16 12:50:42.0
how did you get on taking your husky to jamaica? we too are poss emigrating to jamaica & want to bring our dog...what advice could you give us please...x
Posted on 2015-01-07 03:32:45.0
i understand that once the dog arrives in kingston, he will be quarantined, i just wondered what the place is like where they are kept for the 14 days... worried furbaby mummy.
Posted on 2015-01-07 03:43:18.0
Can I take my dog from America with me to Jamaica
Posted on 2015-02-07 09:49:38.0
Unfortunately, Jamaica only permits unvaccinated pets to enter who were born and raised in the UK.
Posted on 2015-02-12 13:03:23.0
We are not familiar with a quarantine facility in Jamaica. If you know someone who lives there, perhaps they could visit...
Posted on 2015-02-12 13:05:22.0

Can I bring fish from Jamaica to America
Posted on 2015-02-16 07:33:36.0
The Center for Disease Control has no regulations regarding the importation of live fish. However, importers should visit the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for specific requirements on fish considered endangered or injurious species The USDA states that regulations on the import of fish are being written and the import is considered on an individual basis. Call 301-851-3300 and press option 2 for more details.
Posted on 2015-02-19 03:13:12.0
I have Candian-Jamaican dual citizenship and plan to move to Jamaica from Canada next year. May I bring my Toy Yorkie puppy with me?
Posted on 2015-03-07 23:28:08.0
Alisha - most likely you will not be able to bring your pup with you because it is likely vaccinated for rabies and Jamaica outlaws the rabies vaccine. Presently, pets can enter Jamaica only if they are born and raised in the UK or Ireland. That used to make sense, but now, pets are required to be vaccinated for rabies before leaving the UK, so there is no country that can import pets to Jamaica as they all require rabies vaccination. Some day, maybe Jamaica will change its rules, but we do not know when...
Posted on 2015-03-10 03:54:24.0
Can I bring a vaccinated dog from the US?
Posted on 2015-03-16 15:45:30.0
Eliza - at this point, Jamaica is impossible to bring a pet to because any vaccinated dog or cat is not allowed to enter. Veterinary officials have outlawed the rabies vaccine. Hopefully, the regulations will change but have not as of this date.
Posted on 2015-03-22 03:22:01.0
PetTravel You mean destroyed as in "killing"?
Posted on 2015-04-01 09:41:33.0
Can i bring dog born and bred in Trinidad?
Posted on 2015-04-09 05:44:28.0

Yorkie from USA can I bring her to Jamaica without quarantine?
Posted on 2015-04-09 21:19:14.0
Danica - unfortunately, no pets can enter Jamaica from the US at all.
Posted on 2015-04-10 04:00:17.0
Marcus - only unvaccinated dogs born and raised in the UK or Ireland can enter Jamaica.
Posted on 2015-04-10 04:01:03.0
I would like to bring my yorkie puppy to jamaica from the UK, is it possible to microchip a puppy at 8 weeks, also do I refrain from giving her all vaccinations until she reaches Jamaica?
Posted on 2015-04-11 12:39:22.0

PetTravel do they allow service animals?
Posted on 2015-04-14 03:17:00.0
Jacquie - as we understand the new regulations that went into effect at the end of last year, puppies cannot leave the UK until they are chipped and vaccinated for rabies and wait 21 days before leaving. The vaccination cannot happen until the pup is at least 12 weeks of age. You can confirm this with your local APHA office. The problem with this is that Jamaica has outlawed the rabies vaccination and dogs that have been vaccinated cannot enter the country.
Posted on 2015-04-15 02:16:54.0
Danica Coit Danica - Jamaica's regulations do not exempt service animals. They fall under the same regulations as regular animals.
Posted on 2015-04-15 02:17:55.0