Due to the strict requirements mandated by the Jamaican government for transport of live animals, many airlines may NOT accept pets on flights to Jamaica.

In the event that you are traveling with a service animal or emotional support animal, you will be required to obtain an import permit from the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture prior to arrival at the airport. Please note: All animals traveling to Jamaica must be rabies-free, and must never have been rabies vaccinated.

All pets must have an Import Permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary Division, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6. Tel: +1-876-977-2489/2492. e-mail: vsd@moa.gov.jm All pets must be inspected by a veterinarian upon arrival.

Cats and dogs, incl. guide/seeing eye dogs, can travel as checked baggage or cargo:

- born and bred in the United Kingdom; and

- not in transit en route; and

- holding health certificate. However animal cannot be, or ever have been, innoculated with any type of rabies vaccine.

Prohibited: cats and dogs other than the above.

Air Jamaica will no longer accept domestic pets for transportation on passenger aircraft. They will be shipped using the freighter aircraft. Only seeing-eye dogs may be transported in the cabin when accompanying a passenger dependent on them.

Birds cannot be imported from any country.

General Information

Jamaica is an island nation of the Greater Antilles situated in the Caribbean Sea.It remains a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean.

The island is home to the Blue Mountains inland and is surrounded by a narrow coastal plain. Most major towns and cities are located on the coast.

Chief towns and cities include the capital Kingston, Portmore, Spanish Town, Mandeville, Ocho Ríos, Port Antonio, Negril, and Montego Bay. The Kingston Harbor is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

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