Veterinary Health Export Certificates are issued by Veterinary Services for pet animals being taken from Barbados to other countries.
Pets include dogs, cats, caged birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, turtles, tortoises. For species not mentioned here, please contact Veterinary Services for further information.
- Contact the Veterinary Authority of the destination country to find out the regulations and requirements for the animal's entry into that country. These vary according to destination country.
- For your convenience, the information for common destinations may be found at the below links:
For Dogs & Cats
The UK and EU: http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/index.htm
- Prepare the animal for travel in accordance with the conditions for entry into the destination country. Some of these are done by private veterinarians and may include microchipping and vaccination as well as treatment for internal and external parasites. The attending veterinarian may also complete part of the documentation (e.g. for the UK).
- Contact the Natural Heritage Department of the Ministry of Environment, Water Resources and Drainage for additional information if you are considering exporting exotic animals (certain species of birds and reptiles). The list of exotic animals is available from Natural Heritage.
- When all the appropriate documentation is in hand, continue to Step 1 below.
- Contact Veterinary Services to make an appointment with the on-duty Government veterinarian to certify that the animal is fit to travel and that all the conditions of the Import Permit of the destination country have been satisfied. This is usually done within 72 hours of scheduled travel.
- On the day of the appointment, bring the animal(s) and travel documents along with the fee for the Veterinary Health Export Certificate to the Veterinary Services Department in The Pine, St. Michael. Fees vary according to the type of animal being exported:
- each dog, cat or batch of 3 or less caged birds - BDS$30.00
- batch of 4 or more caged birds - BDS $35.00
- other animals - BDS $35.00
- Payment may be made in cash (Barbados currency) at the Veterinary Services office at the time of the appointment.
We regret that credit card payments cannot be made at this time. Personal cheques are no longer being accepted.
After the animal has been examined and has been found to meet all the requirements of the destination country and the fees have been paid, the Government veterinarian will complete the necessary areas of the travel documents and the Veterinary Health Export Certificate will be issued. This certificate must accompany the animal throughout its journey.