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Protocol for the Export of Dogs and Cats


GENERAL INFORMATION

A Veterinary Export Health Certificate for live animals, issued by the Veterinary Services Division (VSD) is required for the export of ALL dogs and cats from Jamaica.

  1. An application for Export Health Certificate (see link here) must be completed and submitted to the VSD in order to make an appointment for inspection for export. An appointment for inspection  for export with the government veterinarian for ALL live animals is MANDATORY 48hrs before departure. All animals for export must be present for the scheduled appointment along with ALL supporting veterinary medical records from a private veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Jamaica. 
  2. Applications can be submitted to The Permit Office, Veterinary Services Division (VSD) 193 Old Hope Road, in person or scanned and emailed to the following: Email: vsdpermits@gmail.com;  or faxed to (876) 977-0885. Please note that TRN information is mandatory
  3. Dogs or cats found non-compliant will NOT be issued with a veterinary export health certificate.
  4. The cost for an Export Health Certificate is J$2,000.00 per animal. This can be paid at the VSD cashier by cash, debit or credit card, company cheque or manager’s cheque.
  5. All dogs and cats for export must remain isolated from other animals following the inspection with the government veterinarian.
  6. For animals departing from Montego Bay, applicants are required to submit via fax or email details of flight information to include date, airline information and estimated time of departure.
  7. Applicants are advised to check with their airline of choice in relation to the airlines specific protocol for pet travel.

GENERAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EXPORT OF DOGS AND CATS

  1. All puppies/ dogs must be fully vaccinated with the core vaccines which include DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo, and Parainfluenza) to qualify for export regardless of the country of final destination. Rabies vaccination and cat vaccination requirements are dependent on the import requirements of the importing country.
  2. All cats and dogs must be treated for internal and external parasites with an approved anti-parasitic product within 10 days of the scheduled appointment with the government veterinary officer at The Permit Office, VSD.
  • For the Export of Dogs and Cats to the USA and Canada
  1. Currently the USA and Canada do not issue an import permit for the entry of dogs and cats. Dogs and cats currently do not require rabies vaccination or are not required to have an association with a pet travel scheme for entry. Please note that this may be subject to change.
  2. All dogs and cats for export must be examined by a private veterinarian within 10 days of the scheduled appointment with the government veterinary officer at The Permit Office, VSD. The private veterinarian is expected to prepare a medical report attesting to the health of the animal. This report along with vaccination and deworming records must accompany the dog or cat for export.
  • For the Export of Dogs and Cats to Other Countries

Other importing countries may issue an import permit or have other import requirements for dogs and cats, inclusive of rabies vaccination and or requirements associated with a pet travel scheme. These import requirements must be submitted to The Permit Office, VSD along with the completed Application for Export Health Certificate. Import requirements must be in the English language or translated into English where necessary. Applicants are advised to discuss import requirements of importing countries with the government veterinary officer (VSD) who will provide clarity where needed. Failure to comply with the import requirements of importing countries can result in pets being rejected at the port of entry on arrival in the destination country.

  1. All dogs and cats for export must be examined by a private veterinarian within 10 days of the scheduled appointment with the government veterinary officer at The Permit Office, VSD. The private veterinarian is expected to prepare a medical report attesting to the health of the animal. This report along with vaccination and deworming records must accompany the dog or cat for export.
  2. Some countries, inclusive of EU Member States may have additional export forms which must also be completed by the owner and private veterinarian and endorsed by the government veterinary officer.

Clients are NO LONGER  required to go to the Trade Board Ltd to acquire an export license for the export of their dog or cat.

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