Bahrain Pet Import Rules and Requirements

Bringing your beloved pets to Bahrain requires careful planning and adherence to import regulations. At PetRelocation, we're here to guide you through this process to ensure a successful and stress-free move for your furry friends.

Pets arriving in Bahrain must travel via manifest cargo, and requirements vary based on the departure country. When relocating from the United States, pets need up-to-date rabies and other vaccines, such as Distemper for dogs and Feline Rhinotracheitis for cats. While not mandatory, we recommend microchipping for all traveling pets.

To help your pet feel at ease during the journey, we emphasize the importance of crate training. We suggest introducing your pet to the travel crate well in advance to help them become comfortable and reduce anxiety on the travel day. Additionally, consider the weather and climate in Bahrain when planning your pet's travel, as extreme temperatures can affect pet safety during transport.

Our team of specialists is ready to assist you in obtaining an Import Permit, Health Certificate and ensuring all vaccination requirements are met. With our expertise, you can enjoy peace of mind as you embark on this exciting new chapter in Bahrain. Whether you have a dog, cat, or furry companion, we're here to help you navigate the logistics and provide personalized support for a smooth relocation experience.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Bahrain

Attention: This information will be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, 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 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 at least four weeks after the second dose.

Proof of these vaccines in original vaccination stickers will be needed to obtain the Import Permit.

Health Certificate

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).

Import Permit

All pets arriving in Bahrain need an Import Permit. Your PetRelocation Specialist will obtain this on your behalf.

Additional Details

Upon arrival, pets will undergo inspection by government authorities. This clearance process, including a nasal swab test for rabies, generally takes two to four hours.

If all requirements are met, no quarantine is required for pets traveling to Bahrain.

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