Importing Pets

This section gives you detailed information about importing pets into the Cayman Islands including current regulations and laws, restrictions on importing pets from various countries and the limitations on importing specific breeds of dogs, plus insider tips on making the process easier.

See the Pets section for more information on looking after your pet in Cayman, including a list of vets, dog trainers, groomers and pet sitters. You’ll also find information on how to obtain a pet passport.

Regulations

The process for importing animals into Cayman is a lengthy one. You will need to start planning at least six months prior to shipment. All dogs and cats entering the Cayman Islands must have an import permit issued by the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture (DOA).

Pets Entering from the UK or the US

There are specific guidelines and processes to follow for pets entering from the UK or USA. Read on to find out who you should contact when you are thinking about relocating your pet.

Importing Captive Birds

All captive cage birds (e.g. parrots, budgerigars, lovebirds, finches and toucans) entering the Cayman Islands must be accompanied by an import permit issued by the DOA. Contact them directly on (345) 947 3090 or email: [email protected] for a complete list of requirements.

Pets Entering from Jamaica

There are a separate set of requirements for dogs and cats entering the Cayman Islands from Jamaica. Dogs must have received a combination vaccine against Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parvo virus and Leptospirosis, at a minimum of 12 weeks of age after the microchip was inserted. Cats must have received a combination vaccine against Feline Enteritis and Calici virus at a minimum of 12 weeks of age. Contact the DOA for a complete list of requirements. It is important to note that animals imported from Jamaica do not qualify to travel to other countries and back into the Cayman Islands.

Restrictions

In accordance with the Animals Law (2013 Revision), no animal of any description may be directly imported into the Cayman Islands from any country in Asia, Africa or Central and South America. Other territories from which dogs and cats are prohibited are Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Certain breeds of dogs or crosses of such breeds are prohibited from entering the Cayman Islands. Genetic material such as semen and embryos from these breeds are also prohibited. These breeds include, but are not necessarily limited to the following dogs and its breed types: Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino and any breed of dog or crossbreed of dog whose breeding lineage was for the primary purpose of dog fighting. Please contact The Department of Agriculture for a full list of banned breeds.

Animals on Airlines

Some airlines do not allow your animals on-board and over the summer months, many airlines will not take pets due to the high heat in the hold.

Travel Instructions & Advice for Pet Owners

All animals, no matter what size, must travel in a leak proof, International Air Transport Association specification carrier that allows the animal to stand, lie down and turn around unhindered.

Pet Relocation Services

There are several companies who can manage the process for you when importing a pet into Cayman.