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Moving with a Pet to Bermuda

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Learn about moving with a pet to Bermuda: what the requirements are, important vaccination information, what you can and cannot bring to Bermuda, travel information and more.

Moving to Bermuda with a pet involves a series of regulations and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of your animal companion. Bermuda is quite welcoming to pets, but it's important to be aware of the vaccination and paperwork requirements, as well as any quarantine measures that may apply. While it's not uncommon to have a pet in Bermuda, the island has strict importation laws to protect its unique ecosystem. In this article, we'll delve into the specifics of bringing your dog or cat to Bermuda, the types of pets that are prohibited, and the steps you need to take to ensure a smooth transition for your furry friend.

Can I bring my dog to Bermuda?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Bermuda, but you must comply with the country's import requirements. Dogs must be microchipped and have up-to-date vaccinations, including rabies. You'll need to obtain a Bermuda Veterinary Services Import Permit and provide a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian. Additionally, certain breeds are restricted, so it's essential to verify that your dog's breed is allowed in Bermuda.

Can I bring my cat to Bermuda?

Similar to dogs, cats are also allowed entry into Bermuda. They must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and other feline-specific diseases. An Import Permit is required, and a health certificate issued by a veterinarian must accompany your cat upon arrival. It's important to ensure all documentation is in order to avoid any issues at the border.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Bermuda

Bermuda has a list of prohibited animals that cannot be imported due to various reasons, including potential threats to the island's ecosystem and public safety. Prohibited pets include certain breeds of dogs that are considered aggressive, as well as exotic animals and some rodents. Before planning your move, check the latest regulations to confirm that your pet is not on the prohibited list.

How do I bring my pet to Bermuda?

To bring your pet to Bermuda, start by applying for an Import Permit from the Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Your pet must be microchipped and have a valid rabies vaccination. A health certificate, issued within 10 days of travel, is also required. Depending on your pet's country of origin, a quarantine period may be imposed. Make sure to arrange all paperwork well in advance and book your pet's travel according to the airline's pet policy.

Upon Arriving in Bermuda

Once your pet has arrived in Bermuda, you may need to register them with the local authorities and obtain a license. Finding a veterinarian is straightforward, as there are several clinics on the island. While Bermuda doesn't have a plethora of dog parks, there are various pet-friendly areas and beaches where you can enjoy time with your pet. Bermudians generally like dogs and cats, but it's important to respect local rules and regulations regarding pets in public spaces. Always keep your pet on a leash unless in a designated off-leash area and be mindful of the island's cleanliness and conservation efforts.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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