Bahamas & Pet Travel
Tourism is the single largest industry in the Bahamas, with over four million visitors each year. Since the country is so dependent on tourism, it has understood that many visitors can’t leave their furry family members behind. There is no quarantine required in the Bahamas for importing pets, making it a very convenient location for bringing your four-legged friends. With some basic planning, you can enjoy a stress-free transition for you and your pet to the Bahamas.
In order to travel to the Bahamas with a pet, allow a minimum of six weeks to apply for your pet’s import permit. You will also need to plan for at least two visits to your veterinarian, one of which needs to be more than a month before you plan to travel, and one of which needs to be within 48 hours of your travel to the Bahamas.
Applying for an Import Permit
Every animal imported to the Bahamas must have a valid import permit. The animal must be more than six months old at the time it will be brought into the country from either the US or Canada. You can apply for the permit by phone or by mail. You will need to provide the breed and age or each animal, the purpose for bringing the animal to the Bahamas, and the dates the animal will arrive and depart from the Bahamas.
Health Certificate and Vaccinations
For each dog and cat over the age of six months arriving from the United States or Canada, you will be required to have a veterinary health certificate. It must be issued within 48 hours of embarking for your travel to the Bahamas. You must also have proof of current rabies vaccination. You can have either the one-year or the three-year rabies vaccination. The one-year vaccination must have been issued less than 10 months ago, yet more than one month ago. The three-month vaccination must have been issued between one month and 34 months ago.
If you are bringing an animal other than a dog or cat into the Bahamas, you must check with the Director of Agriculture for specific requirements. Additional information will be required for animals that are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Plants and Animals.
There is a significant stray dog problem in the Bahamas. Roaming packs of dogs have attacked tourists and endangered drivers in the Bahamas. One estimate is that there are 20,000 stray or roaming dogs just on the island of New Providence. To keep your pets safe, be sure to keep cats or other small animals indoors and keep dogs on a leash.