All persons intending to transit live animals through Barbados to other territories must receive permission to do so from the Senior Veterinary Officer. This is necessary even if the animal remains on board the aircraft or ship for the duration of the stay. See note at Animals entering Seaports . For transit of other animal species, please contact Veterinary Services.
- Find out the conditions under which an animal may be transited through Barbados.
- Obtain an import permit from the veterinary authority of the destination (importing) country.
- Make the necessary arrangements for transiting pets through the airline that will be transporting the animal.
- Download and complete an application form for a permit to trans-ship a live animal.
- Application forms are also available from the Veterinary Services, The Pine, St Michael, Barbados between the hours of 8.30am and 3.00pm Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays).
- See contact information to submit the application form by fax, post or e-mail (scanned copy) at least four (4) working days prior to the expected date of transhipment of the animal. A BDS$25.00 application fee and a copy of the import permit issued by the importing country should also be submitted to the Veterinary Services Department.
- CLIENTS OUTSIDE BARBADOS: payment may be made using one of the following monetary instruments made payable to: The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture:
- a Certified Bank Draft
- an International Money Order
The bank draft or money order must be in United States Currency for the amount of US$15.00 (to cover all additional bank processing charges).
Personal cheques cannot be accepted.
We regret that we are unable to facilitate credit card payments at this time.
- Upon receipt of the completed application and fee, a Transit permit may be prepared and forwarded to you either by mail, fax or email. The Transit permit must accompany the animal on its journey.
- Upon arrival in Barbados, the animal will be transferred, under veterinary supervision, to the connecting aircraft or, if there is any layover, the animal will be taken to the airport’s Animal Reception Centre where it will remain until the connecting flight is available. You will normally not be able to come into contact with your pet while it is in transit.
- If the animal has to be transferred outside of standard government working hours (Monday to Friday 8.15am to 4.30pm), weekends and public holidays, an additional fee will be incurred (BDS$30.29 per hour payable to the Veterinary Animal Health Assistant that is attendant upon the animal, plus travel).
- If the animal has to be kept overnight at the Animal Reception Centre an additional fee of BDS$50.00 will be charged.
- Contact Veterinary Services as soon as possible if there are any changes in the animal's travel arrangements.