Pets in Belize

Hello everyone,

Many of us in Belize have four-legged friends. What about you? Do you have one or more pets? Share your experience with us!

What are the formalities to import pets in Belize? What about pet adoption procedures in the country? Did you bring your pet from your home country to your host country? If so, did everything turn out fine?

What do Belizians think about pets? Are they comfortable with dogs, cats or unusual pets?

Share your advice!


It is easy to bring pets just follow the BAHA rules for import, Basically apply in advance and have your pet have the shots required.
Adopting is a similar process to any country, rescue from centers or purchase from someone, just do your due dilligence.

We brought 2 dogs with us and worked out fine, lost 1 from age and have puchased 3 others for our farm.
There are lots of dogs here and most Belizeans do not look at pets the same as we do, most are not well taken care of. Most Belizeans are afraid of dogs.

To bring in a dog you will probably have to drive as I hear it is difficult to fly them now.

It is quite simple and bringing, adopting or buying is not difficult.

The process to bring your pets is quite easy if you know the regulations and follow the rule of import.

There are two sets of rules that you will have to follow if flying. First those of the Belize Agriculture and Health Authority (BAHA) and those of your airline. Both sets of rules will have to be made to work together. For example BAHA required the medical certificate be issued not more than 30 days prior to arrival, but the airline (United in our case) required the same certificate be issued not more than 10 days prior to boarding. Flying was an easy process for us but that was two years ago and things change so it is best to check with your airline. One caution is that if you are flying from a country other than the US and have a stop over in the US, there are requirements for that as well. We met the requirement so I cannot answer to that.

Here is a link to my article on our experience bringing in our pet. There are links there to both BAHA and United.

Here is a link to BAHA with requirements and contact info.
BAHA … quirements

It is important to due your due diligence, as waljoa has mentioned, Animals are not usually considered to be pets or family members in Belize. So although the process is easy, it will be up to you to make sure that all paperwork is correct and complete for a smooth entry for your pet into Belize.

I hope this helps

We brought two pets to Belize, both dogs. Just get the information from the GOB and follow directions. The most trouble we had was finding an airlines that would ship the dogs there and not with the the Belize government's process. We were moving in the summer and it was a huge problem to find a carrier. The problem was not having an air conditioned place for the dogs during the transfer from one plane to the one going directly to Belize. We would up flying on one carrier out of Miami and had to ship the dogs on another carrier through Houston. The tricky part was we arrived about 30 minutes after the dogs and we were really worried if there was any delay with our flight. All that worry for nothing and the two flights actually arrived within minutes of each other and the pooches were happily waiting for us.

Regulations are easy enough to find and adhere to for entry. However, depending on where you are going in Belize you may want to take some extra precautions. There are many strays which have diseases/parasites and are unchecked; some highly contagious. Also check with different methods of "shipping" depending on when you will be moving them. Its been said many times here.... DUE DILIGENCE!! Good luck.

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