Pet Passport Jamaica
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.
- The importation of all live animals into Jamaica from these countries requires an import permit from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture PRIOR to arrival in Jamaica.
- Health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian.
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.
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