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Barbados Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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Barbados does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.


Pet Microchip

pet microchip

All pet dogs and cats entering Barbados must first be identified with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted before leaving their origination country. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner.

The microchip should be implanted by your veterinarian, veterinary hospital or trained nurse. You should receive documentation as to the manufacturer of the microchip and instructions how to register your pet's information in the manufacturer database.

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pet rabies vaccination

After microchipping, dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 35 days before entering Barbados. If your dog or cat is currently vaccinated for rabies but not microchipped, it will need to be revaccinated after a microchip is implanted.

If your pet is originating in a country where the following diseases are endemic, your pet must be tested for heartworm, leishmaniasis, nipah virus and/or hendra virus and found to be negative.

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Rabies Titer Test

rabies titer test

If you are entering Barbados from a Category 2 Country (see step #7), your pet will need a rabies titer test no sooner than 30 days after rabies vaccination regardless of the originating country. Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming acceptable results, your pet can enter Barbados 90 days after the date the blood was drawn for the test.

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Pet Health Certificate

pet health certificate

After the vaccinations are completed and within 7 days of travel, a licensed veterinarian must then complete the pet health certificate for Barbados. After issuance, the governmental agency responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms. A copy of the rabies certificate and rabies titer test should also be included for endorsement. The form is valid for 10 days after endorsement. Period of validity is extended for pets entering Barbados by sea.

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Import Permit

pet import permit

An import permit must be obtained from the Veterinary Services Department for all cats, dogs, other warm blooded animals, reptiles and birds. Permits are valid for six months from the date of issue and can take several weeks to process.


Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

parasite treatment

A treatment for internal and external parasite is required within 7 days of entering Barbados. dogs and cats entering Barbados older than 6 months old must test negative for heartworm.


Country Classifications

rabies-free countries Barbados

Category 1 - Rabies-Controlled Countries: Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Ascension Island, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, BES Islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius & Saba), British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Curacao, Dominica, European Union Member Countries, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Greenland, Guam, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mexico, Monaco, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Russian Federation, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Pierre & Miquelon, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, and Wallis & Futuna.

Category 2 - All other countries as well as pets arriving in Barbados by sea on cruise ships and private yachts.


Entering Barbados by Air


All pets must enter Barbados at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Seawell, Christ Church as air cargo with the exception of certified service animals assisting a disabled passenger. You will need an IATA-compliant pet crate for this type of transport.

You must make prior arrangements for the Country Veterinarian to meet your pet on arrival for inspection; there is a fee for the inspection.

All domestic 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.

If traveling from another country through any of the countries listed above, your pet must conform to the requirements of the transiting country. Your pet can then travel directly from the the listed country to Barbados.


Entering Barbados by Boat

pets entering Barbados by boat or vessel

Barbados does not allow dogs or cats arriving on commercial, private or cargo vessels to disembark the vessel for any reason. This includes service and assistance animals.

All pets must be declared once at port and available for inspection. They must be locked aboard the vessel while at port. Pets leaving the vessel (including a walk on the pier, quay, port land or beaches) are subject to immediate seizure.


Banned Breeds

banned dog breeds in Barbados

Barbados does not publish a list of banned breeds.


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 and import permit to enter Barbados. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.



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 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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