Pets from all countries now allowed in Barbados

Effective this Thursday, January 1, 2015, dogs and cats may enter Barbados from any country in the world.

This disclosure came today from Senior Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr Mark Trotman, who noted that, previously, such animals could only come into the island from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and a few Caribbean islands. New regulations would allow these animals to enter Barbados from anywhere in the world.

“This is a big deal for Barbados. We receive queries almost every day from people who want to travel with their pets. There are people who are returning to live in Barbados and have a family, which includes their pets.  We have lost investments because people could not move to Barbados with their pets,” he pointed out.

Trotman noted that there was also a demand from persons who wanted to bring their service animals with them into the island, as well as from those who visited the island seasonally and wished to bring their animals. He added that there was now a possibility for veterinary tourism, where countries could utilize the services of veterinarians in Barbados.

In order for an animal to be allowed into the island, pet owners must first obtain an import permit, along with a health certificate issued by the animal’s country of origin.

The import countries are broken down into two categories. Category one countries include Canada, United States of America, the European Union, St Vincent, Antigua and St Lucia. Category two countries are Venezuela, Guyana, South Africa, most South American countries, countries from South East Asia, and some Central American countries, among others.

Trotman further explained that apart from the import permit and health certificate, regulations for importation depended on which category an animal fell into.

“For animals entering from category one countries, a microchip must be implanted first, then a rabies vaccination administered, and there is a minimum of a 35-day wait. The animal must also be treated for ticks and tape worms within seven days of arrival.

“For animals from the category two countries, there is the microchip, the rabies vaccination and 30 days after the rabies vaccination, a blood titer test must be taken. Ninety days after that test, once they have the correct titer, the animal will be allowed to enter Barbados,” the senior veterinary officer outlined.

He said that the new regulations were essential, as his office received queries daily about the importation of animals.

When the pets arrive into the island, they are examined by one of theVeterinary Officers at the Animal Reception Centre, located at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

To facilitate the examination, pet owners are asked to send information about their animal’s arrival to the Veterinary Services Department at least three working days in advance. They are also asked to retain the services of a customs broker to avoid delays in processing, because duties may be charged on the animal.


Source: (BGIS)

12 Responses to Pets from all countries now allowed in Barbados

  1. darrelanderson
    darrelanderson December 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    hooray! Welcome to the 80’s!!!!

  2. Tunde Layne
    Tunde Layne December 29, 2014 at 9:35 pm


  3. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne December 29, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Oh lawd. So Barbados treat Cuban doctors worse than dog now… Why is it Cuban doctors get discriminated against in Barbados.

  4. Jackie Charm Clarke
    Jackie Charm Clarke December 29, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Pet Gunya next

  5. Martine Boyer
    Martine Boyer December 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    It’s about time, even though it is still complicated to bring an animal

  6. Alfredo Enrique
    Alfredo Enrique December 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Corina Salazar Calderon

  7. Margaret King
    Margaret King December 29, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I think it’s a good thing. A history of the pet’s medical care and vaccinations should also be required, in my opinion. I have my dog’s history at the ready.

  8. Carl Harper December 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    What the hell! Losing millions of dollars in investments because people cannot bring their pets? Blind people cannot bring service animals to guide them around? Charging duties on a dog? Poor Rover!

    Heritage tourism, sex tourism, cruise tourism, eco-tourism, health tourism, sports tourism…now veterinary tourism. Hmmm!

  9. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes December 29, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Papers with up to date shots and vet letter

  10. Julie Husbands
    Julie Husbands December 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm


  11. Travis K D Byrd
    Travis K D Byrd December 30, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I wonder if I can bring in chickens now hmm

  12. Fenshaw December 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Dear Mr. Trotman, in spite of all the ney-sayers, this is a very great effort and the Veterniary Services in our nation which operates on standards that are 2nd to none are to be applauded!!!

    There is tremendous potential for our economy in years to come with this new venture.

    I salute you, and I dear say that with the appropriate marketing this will have far reaching capabilities.

    Keep up the tremendous work that you and all of your colleagues have achieved over the years.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *