Export of Dogs and Cats to Barbados

Effective January 1, 2015, pets may enter Barbados from all countries provided they meet the import requirements. An import permit for the Importation of Dogs and Cats must be obtained prior to entry into Barbados.

Once the importer has received his or her import permit, an Official Export Health Certificate will be attached and must be completed by a licensed veterinarian in Canada before being presented to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) official veterinarian for endorsement. A fee applies for this service. Please be aware there may be specific quarantine requirements, fees, or time constraints for your particular situation.

To bring a dog or cat into Barbados, please perform the following procedures in order:

1. Identify the country of origin

  • Category 1 includes countries that are rabies free or present a low risk with respect to rabies.
  • Category 2 includes all other countries and territories not listed above, travelling by sea or that have lived in a category 1 country for less than 3 months.

Note: Regardless of origin, all dogs and cats entering Barbados must be

  • permanently identified with a microchip and
  • vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted.

2. Identify your pet with a microchip.

  • Only microchip brands accepted by the ISO (Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785) are valid.
  • Any microchip company can be used as long as the chip meets the requirements of the importing country. It is up to the owner/veterinarian to ensure that the chip being used will conform. For easy reference, the National Companion Animal Coalition's website lists companies that manufacture ISO-compatible microchips.
  • The microchip number must be recorded on all documentation required to import your dog or cat into Barbados.

3. Vaccinate your pet against rabies

  • A licensed veterinarian must vaccinate the pet against rabies using an approved inactivated or recombinant vaccine. The pet must be at least 12 weeks of age at the time of vaccination. If your dog or cat was vaccinated before being fitted with a microchip, it must be vaccinated again. Subsequent booster vaccinations must be administered according to the recommendations of the vaccine manufacturer.
  • The microchip number must be recorded on the rabies vaccination certificate. Vaccination certificates without a microchip number will not be accepted.
  • Your pet will be eligible to enter Barbados 35 days after rabies vaccination.

If your pet is from Category 2, go to step 4

If your pet is from Category 1 (Canada), go to step 5

4. Perform rabies titre test

  • Your pet must have a blood test a minimum of 30 days after being vaccinated against rabies to check if it has built up enough antibodies. If the test returns a favourable result, your pet will be eligible for travel to Barbados 90 days after the date the blood was drawn for the test. Go to step 5.
  • If the result does not meet the requirements, your pet must be revaccinated against rabies. Repeat step 3.

5. Check for other diseases

  • Your pet must be tested for heartworm and leishmaniasis. Testing for Hendra and/or nipah virus is not required. Your veterinarian can have these tests done and, once the results are negative, your pet is free to travel.

6. Treat for parasites

  • Within 7 days of the scheduled date of travel, the pet must be examined by a private veterinarian and be treated for tapeworms and ticks. The treatment must be recorded on the official health certificate.

7. Endorse official export health certificate

  • Once the requirements have been satisfied, your pet will be issued with an Official Export Health Certificate which must be endorsed by an Official Government/Federal Veterinarian. Contact your local CFIA Office to get the export certificate officially endorsed by a CFIA veterinarian.

Transportation Instructions:

  • All pets travelling to Barbados, regardless of origin, must arrive as manifested cargo. All pets must clear customs upon arrival and the services of a customs broker will be required.
  • You must give at least 3 working days' notice of the expected date and time of arrival of the animal. Failure to do so will result in significant delays in obtaining your pet.

If any part of the documentation is deemed unsatisfactory by Barbadian officials, the following may occur:

  • extra disease testing by Barbados' Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,
  • an extended quarantine stay,
  • declined entry of the animal into the country or destruction of the animal - all at the expense of the owner.

List of Category 1 countries and territories:

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, Wallis & Futuna.

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