Bahamas Pet Passport & Import Regulations
The Bahamas do not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Note: No animals will be permitted to enter the Bahamas from either Cuba or Haiti. Dogs and cats must be a minimum of 6 months of age prior to entering 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, along with the form IMP 1, both completed within 48 hours of entry at the time of arrival in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. At that time you will obtain a pet license for the pet at a nominal cost.
An import permit from the Director of Agriculture is required for all dogs entering the Bahamas. Application for this permit should be done well in advance of travel.
All animals entering the Bahamas meeting the conditions below must be licensed within 48 hours of entry. An import license from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry will be required if one or more of the following apply:
- Your dog will stay in the Bahamas 28 days or more.
- Your dog will enter the Bahamas multiple times within the calendar year.
- You are a permanent or temporary resident in the Bahamas, having a primary or second home or property in the Bahamas.
The import license is valid for one year from the date of issue but and is available for multiple entries into the Bahamas.
Pet owners should apply for the permit well in advance of travel.
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 and health certificate available for customs agents.
Upon entering the Bahamas or very shortly after entering you must acquire a license for dog(s) from the Department of Agriculture. 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 Living in the Bahamas
All pets leaving the Bahamas must have an export permit which is issued through the Bahamas Agricultural Department.
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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