Moving to Bahrain with Pets
Bringing pets to Bahrain is a complex (but not impossible) process, and pet owners should be prepared to spend several weeks planning all necessary vet visits, vaccines and paperwork.
A few things to note: all pets arriving into Bahrain must do so via manifest cargo, and import requirements vary depending on your country of departure. In general, pet transport to Bahrain requires an up to date rabies vaccine and other basic vaccines, including Distemper for dogs and Feline Rhinotracheitis for cats.
For all pets traveling to all destinations, crate training is extremely important. The more comfortable your pet feels in the travel crate, the easier their trip will be.
The requirements below are geared towards pets arriving from the United States. If you’re traveling from another country, contact a PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about your particular requirements for pet transport to Bahrain.
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Relocation Info According to Species
Regulations for Importing Pets to Bahrain
Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.
Though not required for transporting pets to Bahrain, we recommend microchips for all traveling pets.
Rabies and Other Vaccines
The following vaccines are required for bringing pets to Bahrain:
Dogs: Rabies, DHLP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus)
- Dogs must have had at least two doses of these vaccines.
- Puppies must have had at least two doses of all these vaccinations. The first dose may be given at two months old and the second dose given two to three weeks later. The puppy can be shipped no less than four weeks after the second dose.
Cats: Rabies, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia
- Cats must have had at least two doses of these vaccines.
- Kittens must have had at least two doses of all of these vaccinations. The first dose may be given when two months old and the second dose given two to three weeks later. The kitten can be shipped not less than four weeks after the second dose.
Proof of these vaccines in the form of original vaccination stickers will be needed to obtain the Import Permit.
Within 10 days of departure, pets must have an original Health Certificate issued and/or approved by the USDA (or appropriate government office if originating elsewhere).
All pets arriving into Bahrain need an Import Permit. Your PetRelocation Specialist will obtain this on your behalf.
Upon arrival, pets will undergo inspection by government authorities. This clearance process, which includes a nasal swab test for rabies, generally takes from two to four hours.
If all requirements are met, no quarantine is required for pets traveling to Bahrain.