BARBADOS

Pets

The following guidelines must be followed when importing any animal into Barbados:

An import permit must be obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer before the importation of all animals, reptiles and birds.

A Veterinary Officer must examine the animal before it is allowed to leave the customs area.

Dogs and cats must be free of any communicable disease. These animals may be imported by permit directly from the UK, Ireland, Jamaica, St.Kitts - Nevis, Antigua, St.Lucia and St.Vincent. Cats and dogs originating from all other countries must undergo 6 months quarantine in Britain after which time an import permit can be secured.

For further inquiries, contact Veterinary Services at Tel: (246) 427-5073 or Fax: (246) 420-8444.

General Information

Barbados is situated just east of the Caribbean Sea, is an independent West Indian Continental Island-nation in the western Atlantic Ocean. For over three centuries Barbados was under British rule and maintains Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Located at roughly 13° North of the equator and 59° West of the prime meridian, it is considered a part of the Lesser Antilles. Its closest island neighbors are Saint Vincent & the Grenadines and Saint Lucia to the west. To the south lies Trinidad and Tobago—with which Barbados now shares a fixed official maritime boundary—and also the South American mainland. Barbados's total land area is about 430 square kilometers (166 square miles), and is primarily low-lying, with some higher in the country's interior.

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