Jamaica Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Dogs and cats can enter Jamaica only from countries that Jamaica considers as rabies-free. (see step 7) Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner. Aske your veterinarian to scan your pet's microchip after it is implanted.
Your pet's microchip number must be present on all documentation required to enter Jamaica.
After being microchipped, your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies before entering Jamaica. The vaccination must not be administered before your pet is 3 months of age. If your pet is not currently vaccinated for rabies, the vaccination must be administered between 6 months and 12 months of entering Jamaica. The 3 year rabies vaccination is not accepted. Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies within 12 months of entering Jamaica.
Your dog must be vaccinated for Leptospira interrogans serovar canicola within 30 days of transport.
Dogs must be vaccinated against canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis and parainfluenza more than 14 days before transport.
Cats must be vaccinated against feline herpesvirus 1, feline calicivirus, feline panleukopenia virus, feline leukemia virus (kittens) more than 14 weeks before transport.
Dogs must be tested against coccidiosis and treated if required between 21-30 days of transport.
Dogs must be tested against Leishmaniosis within 45 days of export unless the exporting country is free from Leishmaniosis.
Dogs must be tested for Brucella Canis within 45 days of transport.
Dogs must have an inspection for any venereal tumours within 48 hours of transport.
Dogs must be examined within 48 hours of transport and found to be free of any evidence of canine influenza.
Blood Titer Test
A blood titer test (FAVN) is required and must be administered more than 3 months and less than 12 months prior to entering Jamaica. The test should be administered more than 30 days after a primary rabies vaccination. The blood sample must be processed at an OIE/WHO approved laboratory. Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip before the test is given.
Within 10 days of travel, a licensed veterinarian completes the Official Health Certificate for Jamaica in English. This health certificate must be signed by a government licensed veterinarian as well as well as the agency in the government responsible for the import and export of live animals. If traveling from the United States or Canada, endorsement by the USDA or CFIA respectively is required.
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter Jamaica, it must be treated twice against internal parasites at least 14 days apart with the second treatment administered within 7 days of transport.
Two treatments against external parasites must be administered 14 days apart with the second treatment within 48 hours of transport.
Your cat or dog must have a veterinary import permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture when entering Jamaica from any country. All supporting documentation must be submitted with the import permit application. It is good for 3 months after issuance.
Countries that Jamaica considers as rabies-free.
Pets may only enter Jamaica from the following countries: Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Ascension Islands, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia Curacao, Cyprus (South), Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, St Maarten, St Martin, St Pierre & Miquelon, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Vatican City State and Wallis & Fortuna.
Entering Jamaica by Air
Notice must be provided to the Director of Veterinary Services both 3 weeks and 72 hours prior to arrival in Jamaica. A notification form must be completed at least 3 days before arrival.
Pets must enter Jamaica through Kingston only during normal business hours, will be examined by a veterinary official, and must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Jamaica. Puppies and kittens should not be vaccinated for rabies prior to 3 months of age and must conform to regulations as stated above.
Jamaica does not ban breeds, however, aggressive behavior is not tolerated. Visitors will be responsible for their pet's behavior.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents 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 (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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