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Pet Travel Advice: Jamaica's Tough Import Policy

Thursday, November 12, 2015 by Pet Travel Questions

Are Dogs Allowed to Travel to Jamaica? 

Hi PetRelocation,

How can I get my pet into Jamaica from the USA? I have seen that Jamaica only accepts pets from the UK and Ireland.

Also, I might have to visit South Africa for 6-8 months. What are the requirements to take my dog from the United States to South Africa and then return.

Is it easier to get a pet into Jamaica from South Africa?

Many thanks,


Hi Wendy,

Thank you for your inquiry, we're happy to provide some guidance.

Unfortunately, Jamaica is very strict about importing pets. Only dogs born and raised in the United Kingdom or Ireland may be brought into the country, and that's only if they've never been vaccinated against rabies and never come into contact with animals from other countries.

An Import Permit from Jamaica must also be secured before a pet may enter the country. You can read more about Jamaica's pet policy here.

As for your second and third questions, take a look at the South Africa Pet Import Guidelines. Compared to Jamaica, South Africa is a more welcoming country, but there are still several requirements to fulfill and Jamaica doesn't allow dogs coming from South Africa.

Sorry we couldn't provide more positive news to you! Some countries are simply very strict when it comes to pet imports. 

Feel free to contact us if you'd like to speak to a Pet Relocation Consultant for more information or if you'd like to enlist us for help with an upcoming pet move.

Good luck with everything!


Pet Travel Question Details: 

Name: Wendy S.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Maltese Poodle
From: USA
To: Jamaica


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2010 and has been updated with new information.

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