Moving Pets to Bermuda
You can import your pets to Bermuda anytime as you visit or move to the island. Bermuda does not require any quarantine period. Bermuda is a rabies free place. However, all pets including dogs and cats will require an Import Certificate that you need to get in advance from Bermuda's Department of Environment Protection. You need to apply for the same with necessary documents.
You will also need to produce a health certificate of your pet issued by a licensed veterinarian of your own country and within 10 days before arrival in Bermuda.
If you do not have all the documentation ready at the time of importation, your pet is likely to be returned on the same flight. And if you arrive by a private yacht on a short visit, your pet will need to be kept on board inside the yacht. In such a case the vessel will be kept anchored for the entire period of stay as there are no quarantine facilities in Bermuda. The pet import regulations in Bermuda are applicable for even fish and birds. If you are coming by a flight, you can talk to the airline and they will help you with the arrangements of carrying the pet on the flight.
Check out the Department of Environment Protection website on animal importation at www.gov.bm/importing-animals-bermuda (Email: [email protected]
; Phone: 441-236-4201). Here you will get all details like what documents are needed for your pet and the minimum age requirements, the list of banned animals etc. You can download the Import Permit Application
form from this site and make an application for the Import Certificate. You can also get the Import Permit form at Bermuda Tourism Offices in New York and London (Check out Bermuda Tourism Centers
for contact details).
You are required to send the import application along with supporting health documents to Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection by courier or fax, and no more than 10 days prior to your arrival. The Import Permit is usually faxed back to you within 2-3 working days. While arriving, you will need to show this faxed copy along with the originals of the pet's health documents.
If you bring more than two dogs, a Multiple Dog Permit is required. Upon arrival at Bermuda, you will need to keep the pets in a travel cage or by leash. If you are relocating to Bermuda, then whether you will be allowed to live with your pet in Bermuda finally depends on the landlord of the house or apartment. In some cases the landlords do not allow pets.
The pet law in Bermuda requires that the dogs can not be left free and should always be leashed. penalties apply if there is a violation noticed. Also dogs are not permitted in the beaches during the high season (April through October).
Dogs and cats of any age can be brought into Bermuda from UK, Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica without requiring rabies vaccination. However for other countries, they will require double rabies vaccination and the minimum age of the pet in such case should be 10-months. The first vaccination should have been given after 3 months of age and the second between 6-12 months from the first vaccination. The latest vaccination must be given minimum 30 days and not more than 12 months before arrival. In addition to the above, your pets must be free of all disease at the time of importation and must use protection against ticks if applicable.
Also note that all dogs and cats being imported to Bermuda are required to be implanted with a micro chip which should be ISO compliant and unencrypted.
Customs duty on pets
Most pets like dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses etc will attract a customs duty of 25% of their assessed value (this is applicable for new resident animals that are usually brought in by foreign nationals coming to Bermuda on work or joining their spouses who work in Bermuda). For owners bringing pets for short stays, there is no customs duty as such but a refundable deposit may be required depending on the discretion of the Customs Duty Officer. To get a clarity on your specific case, contact the HM Customs, 40 Front Street, Hamilton, Bermuda. Phone: (441) 295-4816.
Prohibited Dog Breeds (list subject to change)
Following dog breeds can not be imported to Bermuda:
American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentine mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Boerboel, Brazilian Mastiff (Fila), Cane Corso, Presa Canario, Neapolitan Mastiff, Tosa Inu, Wolf, Wolf Hybrid, cross of these.
Note that Ferrets are not allowed for importation to Bermuda.
Restricted Dog Breeds (list subject to change)
The following breeds can be imported subject to meeting certain conditions (check with animals.gov.in):
Australian Cattle Dog, Belgian Malinois, Bouvier Des Flandres, Bull Terrier, Bullmastiff, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd, Mastiff – English, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, any cross of these.
Update January 2012
Approximately 200 dogs and cats are imported to Bermuda from the United Kingdom every year. The Bermuda Government has lifted the earlier ban on keeping and breeding dogs that were considered of moderate risk like Rottweilers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, German Shepherds and Doberman pinschers.
Organizations for pet dogs in Bermuda
Bermuda Kennel Club: This is the sport governing body for dog events including dog shows.
The Dog Training Club of Bermuda. HM 1406, Hamilton HM FX.
Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau (BFAB). P. O. Box WK 91, WK BX.
Phone 441/291-BFAB (or 291-2322)
Devil’s Isle All Breed Club: Club for members with pure bred dogs. They hold seminars, education programs, health & handling clinics, regular meetings of members etc.
Bermuda Cat Fanciers Association (BCFA). Phone 441/295-5723 or 238-0112.
Update July 2017: BCFA has been disbanded and no longer exists.
Update January 2014: A new pet grooming and spa facility has come up in Paget, called Love your Poochie, located on 15 Dudley Hill in Paget. Phone: (441) 541-5683
Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Kristin (May 2018)
Hello, I am moving to Bermuda from US and would love to bring my two cats. The problem is, I adopted them from a shelter that no longer exists. They were given the necessary rabies shots when they were kittens but I have no way of proving that. They are currently 4 years old. I am getting their rabies shots this Sunday May 20, 2018. I plan to move to Bermuda In July. Am I not going to be able to bring them with me as I cannot prove the rabies shots were given to them when they were kittens? Also, It has been over a year since their last rabies shots as they are strictly indoor cats that never go outside. Please tell me straight up if you think I am not going to be able to bring them with me as I am going to have to think of other options.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2018
Hi, pet importation law in Bermuda requires that you furnish evidence of all import requirements including appropriate rabies vaccinations. Otherwise the import permit won't be issued. A mere declaration won't be good enough.
Olga (October 2017)
Hi, Thank you for the very informative resource! I hope you can point me in the right direction with my question. My husband and I are moving to Bermuda early next year. We are bringing our cat with us - a British Shorthair five-year old who is also a very fussy eater :) At the moment she is fed good quality wet and dry food with high meat content and some commercially available raw frozen cat food. I would like to find out what sort of cat food is available in Bermuda and where is the best place to get all the cat supplies (like litter tray). Many thanks,
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) October 2017
Hi, Noah's Ark Feed & Supply
is one of the best in Bermuda when it comes to pet food and products including for cats. They are located at #3 Marsh Lane, Middle Road, Devonshire; Phone: 441-236-1533; Email: [email protected]
; You can visit their website noahsark.bm and scan through the 'Cat' category for details (they have some 240 food & products for cats).
Hi, I am relocating to Bermuda in seven weeks and bringing my dog. Are dogs allowed on any public transport. Many thanks
Hi, In Bermuda, dogs are not allowed in any public transport. Even most taxis may not allow dogs.