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Visiting Bermuda with Pets

Wild, nature trails, expansive gardens and warm shores to splash around in – with the right planning, travelling to Bermuda with your dogs is easy and rewarding.

From Spittal Pond Nature Reserve to the subtropical plant paradise of the Botanical Gardens and neighbouring Arboretum, taking your best friend for a walk is no ordinary experience. Other options include a jog on the Railway Trail that runs the length of the island as well as miles of sandy shoreline to cover – beaches are open to animals from November to April. We promise your dog will love it out here as much as you do.

To bring dogs into Bermuda from the US and Canada, you will need:

  • A Bermuda Import Permit: The Bermuda Government requires an import license for visiting dogs supplied by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Just visit your local vet to submit an application.

  • A Health Certificate: The importer must be able to present a veterinary health certificate issued within 10 days before your arrival from a licensed veterinarian identifying each dog by reference to its name, breed, sex, age and colour, stating that the animal is not infected with any communicable disease and is free of external parasites.

  • A microchip: The animal must be implanted with a microchip read by a standard microchip reader.

  • Pest Control statement: A veterinary statement that each animal has been treated on the day of examination with an acaricidal preparation, which is known to have residual activity against ticks.

  • A Rabies Vaccination Certificate: Visitors must provide a veterinary statement verifying that each animal has not been exposed to rabies nor been present in an officially quarantined rabies area within the last six months and a Rabies vaccination history, showing at least two rabies vaccinations. Dogs under 10 months old, and dogs of any age that have received only a single rabies vaccination, do not qualify for entry into Bermuda.

If you are in any doubt about whether or not your dog has the required vaccinations, please fax a copy of your dog’s complete vaccination history to the Department of Environmental Protection, Animal Husbandry: +1 (441) 236-7582, Animal Imports: +1 (441) 232-0046 or email: [email protected]

Dogs arriving directly from the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Jamaica do not need a Rabies vaccination.

Further details and contact information can be found on the Bermuda Government website.

See https://www.gov.bm/online-services/import-dog-or-cat for a list if restrictions on certain breeds.

Where to Stay:

While vacation rental homes are often the first choice for dog-lovers, many of the island’s hotels welcome our furry friends.

The Fairmont Southampton is a dog-friendly resort hotel since hosting attendees of the Devil’s Isle All Breed Club 2018 International Dog Show. For an additional $50 per pet, per night, the hotel offers canine welcome amenities, including dog treats, food and water bowls, pet waste disposal bags and a dog bed for a good night’s sleep.

The Loren, another pet-loving property charges a flat fee of $250. However, service dogs and companions are accepted free of charge, as long as a certificate is presented.  Rooms are then deep cleaned to protect and future guests with allergies.

The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club accepts up to two dogs per room as long as they weigh less dogs less than 25 lbs. There is a charge of $25 a day, per pet; they cannot be left unattended and must be kept on a leash in public areas. 

Rosewood Bermuda is a pup’s paradise with expansive lawns and trails for long walks and no additional fees. Dog beds, dog treats, toys and water bowls can also be provided – the only condition: your pal must weigh less than 25 lbs.

Eating out?

Many of the island’s restaurants welcome dogs at tables on the porch or patio. Here are a few. Call ahead to reserve: