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Frequently Asked Questions

Search below to find the answer to your question from the following sections in the Agriculture Department.

Agricultural Health Inspection Services (AHIS)

Can I purchase seeds online and Import them for planting?

Yes, all seeds for propagation regardless of the quantity require a valid Import Permit. Certified and sealed commercially packaged seeds from authorized seed companies are allowed without a phytosanitary certificate from the country of export. Loose seeds, weed species, invasive and exotic species are further regulated.

Email: ciagricultureimports@gov.ky for the permit application.

Can I import processed tea and coffee?

Yes

all food items MUST be declared to Customs and Border Control for an Agricultural Inspection. Products should be commercially packaged.

Can I get more information on what I can bring into the Cayman Islands?

Yes

Please clink the link to view all of the frequently asked questions for AHIS: FAQs AHIS 2022 pdf 

When Traveling What Items MUST be Declared with Customs and Border Control?

  1. Bringing back Agricultural Products in Luggage
  2. Bringing back Processed Food in Luggage – Commercially processed, canned, cooked, shelf-stable foods are allowed.  Home-canned products are not allowed entry because canning practices can vary and may not remove all pest and disease risks.

All listed products MUST be declared to Customs and Border Control for an Agricultural Inspection on arrival to determine pest presence and any other Regulations might be in place for the products.

Can I get more information on what I can bring into the Cayman Islands?

Yes

Please clink the link to view all of the frequently asked questions for AHIS: FAQs AHIS 2022 pdf 

Where is the Agricultural Health Inspection Services (AHIS)?

Located in Grand Cayman on 34 Roberts drive road next to the Customs Border control Warehouse. Map located on contact’s page.

AHIS – call 345-946-2967 or email: ciagricultureimports@gov.ky for more information or directions.

What does the Agricultural Health Inspection Services (AHIS) do?

Protecting the flora and fauna of the Cayman Islands from the introduction and establishment of pests and diseases through a strong National Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Regime.

Promote the safe use, handling and storage of pesticides and of the regulation of importation and distribution of these products.

Animal Welfare & Control Services (Dog Pound)

When can I visit or collect a dog?

Visitation and Collection dates are:

Monday – Friday from (12:00pm – 1:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm)

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact the Animal Welfare Officer before arrival on 345-916-3051 or 345-947-3090

Where can I receive a dog license from the Government?

Dog Licenses can be obtained from the Department of Agriculture on 181 Lottery Road Cayman Islands or from the Animal Welfare and Control Officers on duty.

The dog licenses are free and will require you to complete the dog license form for each of your pets.

Under the Animals Law (revision 2015) dogs are required to have a government tag of identification or the owners will be fined an amount of $500.00 per animal.

Where to report animal cruelty or animal welfare issues?

To make a report, please submit to one of the following:

Reporting Animal Cruelty – email: reportanimalcruelty@gov.ky

Report straying dogs or possible animal welfare issues – Call or email the Department of Agriculture on 345-947-3090 / 345-916-3051 or email agriculture@gov.ky.

Report dog attacks or dogs out of control – Call 9-1-1 or the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service:

  • George Town Police Station – 345-949-4222
  • Bodden Town Police Station – 345-947-2220
  • West Bay Police Station –       345-949-3999
  • Cayman Brac Police Station – 345-948-0331
  • Little Cayman Police Station – 345-948-0100

To make an anonymous report about possible animal welfare issues, dog attacks, or dogs out of control – Contact Cayman Crime Stoppers – call 800-TIPS or the website www.crimestopper.ky.

How to be a Responsible Dog Owner?

Please see link for the Responsible-Dog-Ownership.pdf

Or visit the Pamphlets page under Animal Welfare and Control Services (Dog Pound) Section click on the Responsible Dog Ownership pdf.

Can I adopt a dog at the Department of Agriculture?

Yes, stray dogs that have been brought in and processed can be placed for adoption after 7 days, under the Animals Law (revision 2015).

You must go through a home inspection, pay the adoption fee, and other processing requirements, before the dog can be released into your care.

Email: agriculture@gov.ky or call 947-3090 for more information.

Are puppies available to adopt at the Department of Agriculture?

No, any puppies collected by the Animal Welfare Officers are handed over to local animal charities for adoption through them.

Some charities are:

  1. Humane Society
  2. One Dog at a Time
  3. Must Love Dogs
  4. C.A.R.E (Cayman Islands Rescue Enthusiasts

When can I visit the Dog Pound to adopt a dog?

Visitation and Collection dates are:

Monday – Friday from (12:00pm – 1:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm)

Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact the Animal Welfare Officer before arrival on 345-916-3051 or 345-947-3090

Veterinary Services

Where can I learn more about the Importation and Exportation of Dogs and Cats?

Click the link to the 2022 Import and Export FAQs pdf.

 

What are the initial documents I need to submit for importation of my pet?

For dogs: completed, signed, and dated pages 6 & 7 of our requirements.

For cats: completed, signed, and dated page 6 of our requirements.

There is a checklist on page 8 which provides further guidance of documents to be submitted if on hand at the time of application and breed determination form submission.

What are the payment options for pet importation fees?

For local payment, you can pay the import fee (CI$50.00/pet) in cash, credit / debit card or Cayman Islands cheque.

For international payment, you can pay the import fee (US$61.00/pet) in the form of an:

  • International Money Order,
  • Cashier’s cheque,
  • or Manager’s cheque made payable to the Cayman Islands Government.

Refer to section B8 of our import requirements for further details.

Are There Any Prohibited Dog Breeds That Are Not Elgible For Import In The Cayman Islands?

Please see link for the current list of prohibited dog breeds that are not eligible for importation into the island.

Where can I learn more about the Importation and Exportation of Dogs and Cats?

Click the link to the 2022 Import and Export FAQs pdf.

 

Do I need to travel with the original export permit/endorsed health certificate?

Yes

you must travel with the original export permit/endorsed health certificate issued by the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture for review by the border control of your destination country and the commercial airline

email: ci.agricultureVS@gov.ky and the auto reply will have the application form to complete and send back.

What are the payment options for pet exportation fees?

For local payment, you can pay the export fee (CI$20.00/pet) in cash, credit / debit card or Cayman Islands cheque, upon collection of your export permit/endorsement of your health certificate.

What are the requirements to get a pet passport?

Your pet(s) must complete three round trip travels (single entry import permit and export permit) without running into any issues before being eligible for a pet passport.

Please refer to section F of our importation requirements for more details on pet passports.

email: ci.agricultureVS@gov.ky and the auto reply will have the application form to complete and send back.

What are the payment options for pet passport fees?

For local payment, you can pay the pet passport fee (CI$150.00/pet) in cash, credit / debit card or Cayman Islands cheque, upon collection.

Where can I learn more about the Importation and Exportation of Dogs and Cats?

Click the link to the 2022 Import and Export FAQs pdf.

 

How do I book an appointment to get my pet vaccinated against rabies before traveling?

Please call (345) 947-3090 or send us an email at doarabiesvaccines@gov.ky to book an appointment for your pet’s rabies vaccination.

It is preferred that clients send us an email, so that we can provide current advice/guidance, as well as an information sheet for clients to complete prior to making the appointment.

Any previously issued rabies vaccination certificates should also be provided to us via email.

What are the operating hours of the rabies vaccination clinic?

The Department of Agriculture’s rabies vaccination clinic is currently held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm and is by appointment only.

Please email doarabiesvaccines@gov.ky to receive and complete the information sheet to book.

What are the payment options for the rabies vaccination?

For local payment, you can pay the rabies vaccination fee (CI$25.00/pet) in cash, credit / debit card or Cayman Islands cheque, on the day of your appointment.

If your pet needs to be microchipped the Veterinary Services will need to administer prior to your appointment day. The fee for the microchip is (CI$50.00/pet) can be paid in cash, credit / debit card or Cayman Islands cheque.

What is the Department of Agriculture Abattoir?

The Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture provides an abattoir facility and services for the slaughter and dressing of livestock fit for human consumption in compliance with relevant national legislation, policies, procedures, and international standards. Currently, the abattoir services cattle, goat, and pig farmers to assist with the provision of wholesome beef, chevon (goat meat), and pork for Cayman Islands residents and tourists.

How do I arrange for slaughter services from the Abattoir?

To arrange for slaughter services, persons should call 345-926-2212/ 345-947-3090. Alternatively, bookings can be made through the Department’s website, by completing the schedule a service form at the bottom of the page.

Abattoir clients should provide the following information when arranging slaughter services:

  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Type and number of livestock to be slaughtered
  • Preferred date for delivery of carcasses/meat
  • Preferred delivery location

For more information about the Department’s abattoir, please contact the Senior Veterinary Officer (Acting) on 345-947-3090 / 345-925-3920 or samantha.dorman@gov.ky.

What sections fall under the Veterinary Services Dept.?

The sections that fall under the Verterinary services team in the Department of Agriculture are:

  • Pet Import and Export services
  • Abattoir services
  • Animal Welfare & Control Services (Dog pound)
  • Livestock Extension services
  • Large-animal veterinary services
  • Rabies Vaccination clinic

General FAQs

Where is the Department of Agriculture located?

The Department of Agriculture locations:

Grand Cayman

 Section Address
DoA Main Building #181 Lottery Rd, BT
Agricultural Health Inspection Services (AHIS) #34 Owen Roberts Dr, GT
(AHIS) Airport Office Owen Roberts Intl. Airport (Arrivals Hall)
Agriculture Veterinary Services #181 Lottery Rd, BT
Animal Welfare & Control Services (Dog Pound) Agricola Dr., BT
Agriculture Retail Warehouse Agricola Dr., BT
Accounts – DoA main bldg. #181 Lottery Rd, BT
Abattoir Lottery Rd, BT

 

Cayman Brac

 Section Address
Sales Office 48 Spot Bay Rd., Cayman Brac
Stationery Warehouse Bluff, Cayman Brac

How to contact the Department of Agriculture?

Department of Agriculture Contact List

 Department of Agriculture – Contact Details, Location, & Open Hours – GCM    
 Section Email Contact number Open Hours Address
DoA Main Building agriculture@gov.ky 345-947-3090 8:30 – 5:00 (Mon-Fri) #181 Lottery Rd, BT
Agricultural Health Inspection Services (AHIS) ciagricultureimports@gov.ky 345-946-2967 8:00 – 4:30 (Mon-Fri) #34 Owen Roberts Dr, GT
(AHIS) Airport Office ciagricultureimports@gov.ky 345-949-7909 8:00 – Last Flight (Mon-Sun) Owen Roberts Intl. Airport (Arrivals Hall)
Agriculture Veterinary Services ci.agricultureVS@gov.ky / doarabiesvaccines@gov.ky 345-947-3090 / 345-916-2218* 8:30 – 5:00 (Mon-Fri) #181 Lottery Rd, BT
Animal Welfare & Control Services (Dog Pound) agriculture@gov.ky 345-947-3090 / 345-916-3051 8:30 – 5:00 (Mon-Fri) Agricola Dr., BT
Agriculture Retail Warehouse agriculture@gov.ky 345-947-3090 / 345-916-8507 8:15 – 4:30    (M, T, Th, F)

8:30 – 1:00 (Sat)

Agricola Dr., BT
Accounts ci.agricultureaccounts@gov.ky 345-947-3090 8:30 – 5:00 (Mon-Fri) #181 Lottery Rd, BT

*After-hours Emergency Veterinary Service Number

 

 Department of Agriculture Section Contact Details – CYB
 Section Email Phone  Open Hours Address
Sales Office 345-948-0522 8:30 – 4:30 (Mon-Fri) 48 Spot Bay Rd., Cayman Brac
Stationery Warehouse 345-948-1411 8:30 – 4:30 (Mon-Fri) Bluff, Cayman Brac
Animal Health Assistant Judith.ebanks-oyog@gov.ky 345-925-5765* 8:30 – 4:30 (Mon-Fri) 48 Spot Bay Rd., Cayman Brac
Agricultural Assistant Shariffa.chantilope@gov.ky 345-916-5144* 8:00 – 5:00 (Mon-Fri) Bluff, Cayman Brac

*After-hours Emergency Veterinary/Agricultural Service Number

 

For crop husbandry advice contact 947-3090, leave your name, number, and a brief message, and our Agronomist will contact you to answer your questions or visit your garden.

Who do I contact for Terrestrial Biodiversity in the Cayman Islands?

The Department of Environment

They have a small Terrestrial Resources Unit, which deals with the protection of terrestrial biodiversity in the Cayman Islands, on behalf of the Cayman Islands Government.

For further information call: Department of Environment (345) 949-8469 or email: doe@gov.ky.

For urgent/emergency situations relating to wildlife animals call (345) 925-7625.

Visit their webpage for more information: www.doe.ky.

Who do I contact for reporting Dead Animals on the Public Road?

The Department of Environmental Health.

Their Solid Waste Management Unit is the collection, transportation, processing/disposal, managing, and monitoring of solid waste materials.

For more information call: (345) 949-6696. or email: dehcustomerservice@gov.ky.

Visit their webpage: www.deh.gov.ky