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Pets to Bring into Bahamas

The Bahamas are a pet friendly country. An import permit is required from the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry (Nassau) for all animals being brought into the commonwealth of the Bahamas. Applications for such permits (along with a $10 processing fee paid by International Money Order or Postal Money Order) must be made in writing to the Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry.

For the US and Canada, the following are the main provisions of the import permit as it applies to dogs and cats:

• the animal must be 6 months of age or older;
• the animal must be accompanied by a valid certificate which substantiates that it has been vaccinated against rabies within not less than 1 month and not more than 10 months prior to importation;
• the animal must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate presented within 48 hours of arrival in the commonwealth of the Bahamas to a licensed veterinarian for an examination.

The permit is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

Customs duty for permanent entry of all animals from outside the commonwealth of the Bahamas (dogs, cats, cattle and horses) are $10 plus 1/2% of the value of the animal. Yearly fees for dog licenses in new providence, grand Bahamas and the family islands are: male or spayed female, $2; unspayed female $6.

Animals not meeting these requirements will not be allowed to enter the commonwealth of the Bahamas.





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