- Effective 14th September 2017, the regulations governing the importation of dogs and cats into Jamaica have been amended. The Animals Diseases (Importation) Control (Amendment), 2017 now allow for the importation of dogs and cats from countries other than the United Kingdom, based on stipulated guidelines.
- The new Regulations require that all dogs and cats entering Jamaica MUST be permanently identified with a microchip (ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785) in addition to being vaccinated against rabies. Rabies vaccination with three(30 years validity are acceptable.
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- Dogs and cats arriving at the port without a valid Veterinary Import Permit will be denied entry into the island.
- All dogs and cats entering Jamaica must be accompanied by an Official Health Certificate issued by the Official Veterinary Department of the exporting country. In the event that this Official Health Certificate is issued by an accredited veterinarian, the certificate must be endorsed by the Official Veterinary Department of the exporting country. The health certificate must be in English.
As far as practicable, dogs and cats intended to be landed in Jamaica must arrive during normal working hours, i.e. between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. This is to facilitate requisite Customs and Veterinary Clearance followed by quarantine where applicable.
Dogs and cats can only be imported from countries listed in Category 1 of Regulation 10
Must not be under quarantine restrictions at the time of export to Jamaica
Must not be pregnant nor be suckling young at the time of export
A person shall not import any of the following dog breed into Jamaica: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier
- A person shall not import a hybrid dog or cat, that is to say, offsprings of domestic dogs or cats crossed with other species into Jamaica.
- Applicants are required to pay a fee of Five Thousand Jamaican Dollars (J$5,000.00) or its foreign currency equivalent, for a veterinary import permit payable online (via debit or credit card).
Information Source: Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries