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Moving with a Pet to Dominica

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Prepare for your move to Dominica with a pet. Understand the vaccination needs, travel details, and item restrictions in Dominica. This essential guide helps you navigate the process of moving with your pet and reduce the chance of unnecessary complications.

Moving to Dominica, the nature island of the Caribbean, can be an exciting adventure for both you and your pet. However, bringing a furry friend along requires careful planning and adherence to specific regulations. Dominica has its own set of rules regarding the importation of pets, including necessary vaccinations, paperwork, and potential quarantine measures. While it's not uncommon to see pets in Dominica, it's essential to understand the local customs and regulations surrounding pet ownership. In this article, we'll delve into the details of what you need to know to ensure a smooth transition for your pet to this tropical paradise.

Can I bring my dog to Dominica?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Dominica, but you must comply with the country's import requirements. Your dog will need to be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days (but not more than 12 months) before entering Dominica. You'll also need to obtain a Veterinary Good Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian from your country of origin, stating that your dog is free from infectious diseases and has been treated for internal and external parasites. Additionally, you must apply for an Import Permit from the Veterinary Officer in Dominica before your dog's arrival.

Can I bring my cat to Dominica?

Similar to dogs, cats are also allowed entry into Dominica. The requirements for bringing a cat are much like those for dogs. Your cat must be vaccinated against rabies, and you'll need a Veterinary Good Health Certificate. The certificate should confirm that your cat is in good health, free from infectious diseases, and has been treated for parasites. An Import Permit from the Veterinary Officer in Dominica is also necessary before your cat can enter the country.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Dominica

While many pets are welcome in Dominica, there are restrictions on certain species and breeds. For example, some breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous or aggressive may be prohibited. Additionally, exotic animals and certain species that are considered invasive or a threat to local wildlife may not be allowed entry. It's crucial to check with the Dominica Veterinary Officer for the most up-to-date list of prohibited pets before making travel arrangements.

How do I bring my pet to Dominica?

To bring your pet to Dominica, start by ensuring all vaccinations are up to date, particularly the rabies vaccine. Obtain a Veterinary Good Health Certificate and treatment records for parasites. Next, apply for an Import Permit from the Veterinary Officer in Dominica, which should be done well in advance of your travel date. Be prepared to provide details about your pet, including species, breed, age, and health status. Upon arrival, your pet may be subject to inspection by a quarantine officer, and if all is in order, the quarantine period may be waived. However, if there are any concerns, your pet may be required to undergo a quarantine period at your expense.

Upon Arriving in Dominica

Once you and your pet have arrived in Dominica, you may need to register your pet and obtain a local license. Check with the local authorities for specific requirements. Finding a veterinarian in Dominica is crucial for maintaining your pet's health; ask for recommendations from other expats or locals. While dog parks are not common in Dominica, there are plenty of natural spaces for your pet to enjoy. It's important to note that while pets are generally liked, it's always best to be respectful of local customs and to keep your pet under control in public spaces. With the right preparation and understanding of local regulations, you and your pet can have a fulfilling life in Dominica.

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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