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Pets Travelling on Cayman Airways

Cayman Airways will accept domestic dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and captive-caged birds for carriage subject to the conditions below. On the jet service a maximum of four pets are allowed in the cargo compartment per flight and a maximum of five pets are allowed in the passenger compartment per flight (one in business class and four in economy class). The pet must remain in a kennel (container) with the door closed at all times while on the aircraft.

Pet Travel Charges

Pets travelling in the cabin to and from international destinations are charged US$100.00 per pet each way. Pets travelling on jet services in the cabin on domestic flights are charged at US$25.00 per pet each way. Pets as check-in baggage to and from international destinations are charged US$125.00, and domestic is US$50.00. Payment will be accepted at the time of reserving the pet space through the Reservation Department or at check-in, debit and credit cards are both accepted.

One pet is permitted to be transported per kennel, except for 2 pets of the same breed and size between the age of 10 weeks and 6 months may be allowed to travel in 1 kennel.  As long as they are small enough to fit into a single kennel with enough room to move around and are compatible. The charge will be as 1 pet.

Travel Container

The pet must be confined in a suitable leakproof container provided by the passenger. When the pet is in the cabin compartment on the jet service the container must not exceed the following dimensions: maximum length of 23 inches and maximum width of 13 inches (maximum linear dimension of the kennel in the hold is 120 inches, L X H X W). The pet must be accompanied by a valid health and rabies vaccination certificate, entry permits, and other documents required by the country of entry. The maximum weight for a pet allowed to travel is 99 lbs., this is the added weight of the pet plus the kennel.

Pets travelling on Cayman Airways Express

No more than two pets in total will be allowed on any flight operated by Cayman Airways Express, either both pets in the cabin in separate kennels if they are for the same owner &/or familiar and compatible with each other, otherwise one pet in the cabin and one pet in the baggage compartment per flight.  Space is limited and must be reserved by contacting Cayman Airways Reservation Department in advance for travel on the same flight as the passenger.

In the cabin:
Pets must be small enough to fit and stay comfortably in the kennel (container) under the seat with the door closed at all times while on the aircraft. The dimensions under the seat are a maximum length of 14 inches and maximum width of 10 inches with a maximum weight of 22 lbs.  Soft-sided kennels are recommended.   

In the baggage compartment:

Pets must be small enough to fit and stay comfortable in the hard-sided kennel (container) and not exceed H-30 inches x W-23 inches with a maximum weight of 50 lbs.

Unaccompanied Pets

If a pet is travelling unaccompanied it must travel in the cargo compartment at the cargo rate.

Limitation of liability

Cayman Airways will not be responsible in the event of loss, delay, injury, sickness or death of any pet or animal accepted for transportation


Passengers are responsible for researching and meeting all applicable requirements for travel documents for their pets prior to booking or checking in for flights. Cayman Airways reserves the right to deny boarding to any pet whose owner fails to reserve a space or fails to present the required travel documents upon check-in at any gateway, at the passenger’s expense.

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Cayman Islands Entry Requirements for Pets

All pets entering the Cayman Islands must be accompanied by an import permit issued by the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture. You must provide evidence that your dog or cat complies with all of their import requirements before they will issue an Import Permit. Application forms are available here.

Failure to meet these requirements exactly will result in your pet being refused entry into the Cayman Islands.  Your local veterinarian will be able to help you with the requirements. Ensure to contact the Department of Agriculture well in advance of your proposed trip to ensure you are able to meet all the requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: Cayman Airways is not allowed, per the Cayman Islands Agriculture Department regulations, to transport any pets from any country in  Asia, Africa, or Central and South America to the Cayman Islands. This also includes in-transit.


Barbados Entry Requirements for Pets

Persons wishing to import a cat or dog into Barbados are asked to note the conditions for receiving a permit.  Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, explained that persons must acquire both an import permit and an export health certificate, in order to bring a cat or dog to Barbados. The import permit must be obtained from the Veterinary Services department, located in the pine, St. Michael. Once completed and approved, the permit is valid for six months from the date of issue. Application forms may be completed online.


The export health certificate is referred to as an official export health certificate 1, which is a document signed and stamped by the official veterinary services of the country of origin, and must be completed in English. This form may be obtained by emailing

The rules governing the importation of cats and dogs into Barbados allow pets to enter the island from all countries. The import health requirements will differ depending on the category of country. However, irrespective of the country of origin and its rabies status, all cats and dogs entering Barbados must be permanently identified with a microchip and must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip


Persons are asked to note that all pets must clear customs and veterinary checks upon arrival, and they will need to employ the services of a customs broker to facilitate customs clearance. According to the animal (diseases and importation control) Regulations cap.253, section 5, the airline must issue a

"pre-alert" notifying the relevant parties in Barbados of the pets on board the aircraft.

For further information on conditions for the importation of a cat or dog into Barbados, persons may call the Veterinary Services department at 246-535-0220 or 246-535-0221 or email