How to Obtain Animal Import Permit In Bermuda

Obtain Animal Import Permit In Bermuda By Yourself

  1. Consult your veterinarian for an official health certificate and medical statements prior to 10 days from the date of the arrival of your animal in Bermuda and, if your animal comes out of the United Kingdom, visit the local Veterinary Inspector within five days of departure for an export license.
  2. Download the application form for the animal you want to import by visiting the Government of Bermuda website: website or download it from the links listed in the “Documents for be used” subsection below.
  3. How to Obtain Animal Import Permit In Bermuda
    How to Obtain Animal Import Permit In Bermuda
  4. Follow the guidelines on these forms in order to make sure the animal meets the standards for importation into Bermuda and get all required documents necessary to submit the application.
  5. Make sure you fill in the application form correctly and attach the required documents
  6. Send your application in complete form complete application to Ministry of Health, seniors and Environment Department of Environmental Protection by email to or send a fax (441) 232-20046.
  7. The Department will examine your application and contact you within the next day that you receive your application by address that you provided on your form. The department might require additional details about your application prior to issue of the permit.


  • Be sure that your email or fax address is listed on the application form.
  • The import permits will be valid for 10 days as of the date on the veterinary certificate.
  • Animals that arrive without required documentation will be returned to the site of their origin.
  • The original documents should be presented upon the day of arrival.

Required Documents For Obtain Animal Import Permit

You must submit true and exact documentation of the following:

  • Your pet is implanted with a microchip which is read using a typical microchip scanner, i.e. ISO, FECAVA, European/International or AVID-USA chip.
  • A veterinary health certification issued within 10 days prior to you arrive in Bermuda and stating that the animal isn’t suffering from any infectious disease as well as free from parasites from the outside. The health certificate has to be certified with a certified veterinarian. It must include the following information:
  • Name, birth date description, breed, and microchip identification for pet.
  • Owner at present
  • Ownership of the property in Bermuda and address
  • A veterinary note stating an indication of acaricidal formulation used during the exam, that is believed to be active in the fight against ticks e.g. FrontLine Top Spot, Ovitrol, Sectrol, K9 Advantix, Vectra 3D, Proticall, Kiltix, Defend Ex-Spot, Promeris for Dogs. Note: Advantage, Sentinel, Revolution, Selamectin, Capstar Bio-Spot Promeris for Cats and Comfortis shampoos and collars don’t qualify.
  • A veterinarian’s declaration that, to the best of your knowledge, can be determined from your knowledge and questions the animal hasn’t had a contact with rabies, nor was it in a declared rabies-free zone within the past 6 months.
  • This rule is not applicable to pets or cats that are imported directly in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Jamaica: The history of rabies vaccinations, which includes the minimum of two vaccines as well as proof that the rabies vaccines are administered from a registered veterinarian and in line with the above rules. The animal:
  • After reaching the age of 3 months, they have received an rabies vaccine and
  • Recipients of a second rabies vaccination 6 to 12 months after the first vaccine for rabies.
  • There haven’t been any major vaccine lapses;
  • The most recent vaccination was administered at least 30 daysprior to the date of vaccination, and not longer than 12 months before the time of entry.
  • This rule is not applicable to pets or cats that are brought directly in Canada or the Continental USA or Canada: The animal was not placed within 30 miles or less of foot and Mouth disease during the past 30 days.

For any specific requirements for animals, please check the application form.

Office Locations and Contacts

Ministry of Health and Seniors:
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Animals
P.O. Box HM 834
Hamilton CX Hamilton
(441) 236 4201

Government of Bermuda London Office
6. Arlington Street,
London, SW1A 1RE
Tel: 020 7518 9900 Fax: 020 7518 9901


Check with the appropriate authorities the legality for the species you want to bring into the country. Certain species are not allowed or are not allowed to be imported. For instance:
Prohibited Breeds

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Argentine mastiff (DogoArgentino)
  • Azorean Cattle dog (Fila de Sao Miguel)
  • Boerboel (South African mastiff)
  • Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)
  • Cane Corso
  • PresaCanario
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • TosaInu
  • Wolf & Wolf Hybrid Rottweiler

Breeds with restricted breeds

  • Akita
  • Shepherds (German, Dutch, etc.)
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • English mastiff
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Bouvier Des Flandres
  • Bull Terrier
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Chow Chow
  • Bullmastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher


  • Animals of all kinds could be subject to tax on imports to the country of origin (tariff) that can be up to percent of the animal’s actual value.


  • Import permits only last for 10 days following the date on the veterinary certificate.

Documents to Utilize

Processing Time

  • Typically, the Department will usually respond to you within a day after you submit your submission.


Animals that are brought to Bermuda are required to be joined by one of the following:

  • A copy of the import permit
  • Health certificate in original form (issued within 10 days prior to the animal’s arrival) that includes the owner’s name the animal, contact information, as well as the signature of the veterinarian issuing the certificate;
  • A validly endorsed CITES document that is properly endorsed by CITES (only necessary for animals of an threatened species).
  • Animals who arrive without appropriate documentation will be returned to the place where they came from.

The Document is required

  • This document allows you to bring animals that are allowed into Bermuda

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