Are you bringing, or planning to bring, pets to Bahrain? Here is some important information you need to know beforehand.
Requirements for Pet Entry to Bahrain
The Kingdom of Bahrain requires that all pets arriving from a country that is not considered rabies-free have a valid rabies titer test (FAVN or FADL). Our agreement with the host nation precludes service members and DoD employees from having to obtain a FAVN/FADL, provided the following guidelines are adhered to by all pets affiliated with NSA Bahrain. Please note that there are no exceptions to these guidelines, as they are mandated by the Kingdom of Bahrain. We recommend starting the entry process at least three-four months in advance of your arrival date. You can email the NSA Bahrain Veterinarian with any questions at NSA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You must provide documentation/proof of at least two doses of all required vaccines during the pet’s lifetime.
- Your pet must be older than four months of age upon entry.
- Your pet’s most current vaccines must be given greater than 30 days but less than 10 months from the date of travel (NOTE: Bahrain does not recognize three-year vaccinations OR the two-year Rabies vaccination)
- If your pet has not had a required vaccination: There is a 21-day waiting period between vaccinations in a series, and pets cannot travel for 30 calendar days after receiving a vaccination.
- Please provide your pet’s complete vaccination information as well as the provided checklist to our office via email (NSA.email@example.com).
- Previous Rabies, DA2PP, Leptospirosis
- Current Rabies, DA2PP, Leptospirosis
- Previous Rabies, FVRCP
- Current Rabies, FVRCP
Once your pet’s vaccination and microchip information have been verified, NSA Bahrain VTF will prepare your import memorandum and your sponsor may pick it up during regular business hours.
Animal Import Certificate (Permit)
- The import memorandum must be taken to the Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Wealth Directorate Veterinary Quarantine Office, who will issue your Animal Import Certificate (only valid for 30 days).
- Hours of Operation: Sunday through Thursday 0730-1300
Bldg 201 Avenue 62
Block 762 Buri
Kingdom of Bahrain
- GPS: 26.157711 ; 50.488186
- Your sponsor must bring the Import Memorandum and the required fee to the Ministry. The fee is 2 Bahraini Dinars per pet (approximately $5.34 US); cash is the only form of payment accepted.
- Your sponsor must meet you at the airport with the original import permit. This is required for your pets to clear customs and enter the country.
- Your pet(s) must receive a Health Certificate within 10 days of travel:
- APHIS Form 7001 (United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination).
- All vaccinations required for entry must be noted on this form (see vaccination requirements on previous page).
- Health certificates must be endorsed/stamped by the USDA unless completed by an active duty U.S. Army veterinarian. If you are using a civilian veterinarian, USDA endorsement is required, and your veterinarian can direct you as to how to complete this step.
- You must have your pet’s current, signed, original rabies certificate (signature in blue ink) on hand during travel.
Contact PSD or the AMC terminal directly to verify that your pet(s) have a space reserved on your flight(s). Also verify their shipping kennel requirements, weight restrictions, fees and any special shipping procedures or documents they may require upon check-in.
Contact your airline directly to verify that your pet(s) have a space reserved on your flight(s). Also verify their shipping kennel requirements, weight restrictions, fees and any special shipping procedures or documents they may require upon check-in. Please note that when flying commercially all pets are required to arrive as manifested cargo, not in cabin or as checked baggage (contact airline for further information). Please remember that some airline companies have travel restrictions based on time of year or heat indexes.
For additional pet information, click on the “Welcome to Bahrain — NSA Bahrain Welcome Aboard Guide” in Helpful Links to the right-hand side of this page.
Other helpful links are listed below:
Military One Source – Moving with Pets
Naval Support Activity Bahrain – Veterinary Clinic