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Dogs And Cats Are Now Welcome To Jamaica

travelling with dogs and cats to jamaica

Sometime in 2009, Stephanie asked me this question:
Can I bring my dog to Jamaica with me?.

My answer created a stir I tell you!
The following are just a few of the comments we received:

  • "I am saddenned, because my husband and I have been thinking of retiring there in 4 years, and have our two dogs. We would never leave them behind, so now I guess we shall have to think of another place to retire. How sad."

  • "This just broke my heart all over again. Jamaica is losing out on a lot of visitors plus some people who would love to settle there."

  • "Then I saw the no dogs/cats policy. I've had one of my 2 dogs for over 10 yrs. They are all I have, and visa versa. I could never just dump them."

  • "My wife is Jamaican and I am American. How do we get our dog there? Who do I contact? Thank You."

I have to admit, I felt bad too.
Bottomline, our law only permitted entry of animals (cats and dogs) from the UK.

But That Has Changed ...

According to the Veterinary Services Division of The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries, Effective September 14, 2017, the regulations governing the importation of dogs and cats into Jamaica have been amended.

There are some prerequisites and limitations, but in general it is great news for those (and friends) who love animals.

For the full details, click here to view/download the advisory.

The following are the countries that are permitted, and yes, the USA is there as well Stephanie :-)

Antigua & Barbuda
Ascension Island
Bonaire, St. Eustatius &
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
European Union Member States
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
French Polynesia
Hong Kong
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Russian Federation
St. Helena
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Maarten
St. Martin
St. Pierre & Miquelon
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
San Marino
Trinidad and Tobago
and Caicos Islands
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
US Virgin Islands
Vatican City State
Wallis & Futuna

All that however, is included in the advisory (link above).

Please be sure to share this with those you think might appreciate the information.

How do YOU feel about this new policy though?
As usual, I welcome your comments below.


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Feb 20, 2018
how much cash to you have to slide on the side
by: Anonymous

This WOULD be great news if there was not so much red tape to do anything. All of Jamaica's systems are antiquated.

When you read the advisory, you can tell it's already going to be a hassle, it mentions a possible quarantine, I'll bet it happens nearly every time. I would be keen to hear someone who took their dog/cat on vacation in JA.

We live in Kingston part of the year and I would love to take my cat.

Seriously though we have had raw goods sitting on a doc in port that has sat there for months before we could get through the tape, it's exhausting, my father in law helped to create the JMA and still we have so many issues.

When you go to do anything though you can slip them and extra few dollars and you are through those lines, quicker.

Feb 19, 2018
No cats and dogs in Jamaica
by: lena McArdle

Hi there ,
I am saddened to hear that cats and dogs are now welcome to Jamaica . i have a seriouse allergic reaction to them - - I was thinking of having my cremated remains taken there- Lena

Feb 18, 2018
Dogs and Cats Now Welcome
by: Anonymous

Great! Now it needs to be made common knowledge.

Feb 18, 2018
bring my dogs home
by: Anonymous

I am thrilled that I can bring my dogs when I retire.

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