Under the Animals (Disease and Importation) Act and the Animals (Diseases and Importation Control) Regulations, 1961, it is necessary to apply to the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development for a permit to import any animal or bird into Barbados. This applies also to any trans-shipment through Barbados.
You will be required to pay an inspection fee for veterinary services. Horses are allowed in under permit control. Other species may be allowed in from time to time if specific permit requirements are met. The importation of pets is subject to Customs, Health and Quarantine requirements.
Pets taken out of Barbados and returned are subject to the same requirements as those entering the country for the first time. When examined at the port of entry, animals must be free of diseases communicable to man. Dogs, except those less than three (3) months of age, must be vaccinated against rabies not less than 30 days prior to arrival. A valid rabies vaccination certificate must accompany the animal. The certificate should identify the animal, specify the date of the vaccination, date of expiration, and bear the signature of a licensed veterinarian.
Vaccination against rabies is not required for dogs arriving from rabies-free countries. The following are considered rabies-free countries:
- United Kingdom
- St. Lucia
- St. Kitts
- St. Vincent.
Persons wishing to bring dogs and cats into Barbados from another country must ensure that the animal undergoes six (6) months quarantine in Britain, during which time an import permit may be applied for to import such animal from Britain.
Some bird species, are allowed in under very stringent controls for circuses/zoos after a specified period of quarantine in a facility controlled by the veterinary authority of the exporting country.