An import permit from the Director of Agriculture is required for all pets entering the Bahamas. Permit is valid for one year for one entry.
An ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip is required to import your dog or cat to the Bahamas.
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.
A licensed government veterinarian must complete the health certificate for the Bahamas and within 48 hours of entry at the time of arrival in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the IMP1(B) form must be completed.
Internal and External Parasites
All dogs and cats should be treated for internal and external parasites prior to entering the Bahamas and the treatments should be noted on the health certificate.
Entering the Bahamas
All live animals entering the Bahamas by air must do so 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.
Pets entering the Bahamas by sea should have import permit, IMP1(B) form and health certificate available for customs agents.
All dogs entering the Bahamas meeting certain conditions below must be licensed within 48 hours of entry. Conditions are: your dog will remain in the Bahamas for 28 days or more, your dodg will have multiple entries during the year or the dog's owner is a resident or property owner in the Bahamas. This is required whether arriving by air or sea.
The Bahamas prohibits the import of Pit Bulls, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog and Staffordshire Terrier.
Cats prohibited from import are Savannah, Chausie and Bangal.
Exporting Pets from the Bahamas
All pets leaving the Bahamas after a stay of more than 6 days must have a health exam and an export permit.
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
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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