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Pet Travel Question: Jamaica's Tough Import Policy

Friday, November 12, 2010 by Pet Travel Questions

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

1) How can I get my pet into Jamaica from the USA? I have seen that Jamaica only accepts pets from UK and Ireland. 2) I might have to visit South Africa for 6-8 months. What are the requirements to take my dog from USA to South Africa and then return. 3) Is it easier to get a pet into Jamaica from South Africa? Many thanks, -Wendy

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for your inquiry. Unfortunately, Jamaica is very strict about importing pets. Only dogs born and raised in the UK 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 on our site. 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.

Please contact us if you'd like to speak to a Pet Relocation Specialist for more information or if you'd like to enlist us for help with your move. Good luck with everything, and don't forget to check in with our Facebook Community for more advice and travel tips!

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