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Pet immigration guidelines

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We humans sometimes go through a lot of red tape to island hop. Unfortunately, our pets do too.

Each island country has its own pet policies for our four legged friends.

Some islands allow pets, providing you can document that they are up to date with shots. Others do not.

Jennifer Miller, a statesider who moved to Dominica with her pet pug, has posted a helpful blog with valuable references for policies on several islands.

Miller says you must be prepared to do the advance work or you could end up with your pet being quarrantined at your expense.

Check out this contact info courtesy of Jen.

BARBADOS Embassy of Barbados(202) 939-92002144 Wyoming Ave., NWWashington, DC 20008

The following guidelines must be followed when importing any animal into Barbados

• An import permit must be obtained from the chief veterinary officer before the importation of all animals, reptiles and birds.

• A veterinary officer must examine the animal before it is allowed to leave the customs area.

• Dogs and cats must be free of any communicable disease. These animals may be imported by permit directly from the UK, Ireland, Jamaica, St.Kitts - Nevis, Antigua, St.Lucia and St.Vincent.

• Cats and dogs originating from all other countries must undergo six months quarantine in Britain after which time an import permit can be secured.• For further inquiries, contact Veterinary Services atTel: (246) 427-5073 or Fax: (246) 420-8444 .


Embassy of BVI3100 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20008 (202) 588-6500 Fax: (202) 588-7870

Pets entering the BVI are subject to the same restrictions and applicable six-month quarantine period as those pets entering the U.K.

Pets will not be admitted without prior clearance .For regulations on pets entering the territory, write well in advance to the Chief Agricultural Officer, Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I., tel: (284) 495-2451 or call the Humane Society of the B.V.I, tel: (284) 494-2284.


Embassy of Curacao_4200 Linnean Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008 (202) 244-5300 Fax: (202) 362-3430

Pets will need just a current veterinarian issued health certificate to gain entrance.


Animals may enter the country if accompanied by a valid veterinary health certificate, and an importation permit.

Livestock Development Unit Botanic Gardens Roseau Commonwealth of Dominica, West IndiesTelephone: 767- 266- 3827/3824 Fax: 767- 448- 7999 Email:


Embassy of The Dominican Republic1715 - 22nd Street, NWWashington, DC 20008(202) 332-6280Fax: (202) 265-8057

Pets must have a health certificate issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian. The certificate shall contain the name and address of the owner, and complete identification of the animal (name, breed, sex, and age). The pet must also have been examined within 30 days prior to departure and found to be free of any infectious diseases. The pet must also have been vaccinated against rabies. The rabies vaccination certificate (which should have been given between 1 month and 12 months prior to entry) should include the date of vaccination, product name and serial number.


Cats and dogs over three months old are admitted temporarily with certificates of origin and good health (or anti-rabies inoculation), issued by a licensed veterinarian from the country of shipment.


The procedure for the importation of animals in general (dogs and cats in particular) is as follows:• A Veterinary officer or an officer of the Pest Management Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture must inspect the animals prior to entry.

• Any person intending to import or take these animals from their vessels, whether permanent or temporary, must make an application sufficiently in advance to any of the above agencies.• Application must be accompanied by a copy of a certificate from the last place of residence certifying that the animal has been vaccinated against diseases and is free from illnesses and infections.Cats and dogs that are imported permanently from outside of the CARICOM region attract a 40% CET (Common External Tariff) and 5% CSC.

Grenada(202) 265-25611701 New Hampshire Ave., NWWashington, DC 20009

Importation of animals is prohibited without an Import Permit. Proper veterinary health documents must be produced and the Government Veterinary Officer must be notified of the port of entry and the expected time of arrival.


Embassy of Jamaica(202) 452-0660Fax: (202) 452-00811520 New Hampshire Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20036(202) 452-0660Fax: (202) 452-0081E-mail:

No dog or cat shall be imported into Jamaica except such an animal was born and breed in Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. This applies to Guide Dogs also. Dogs and Cats vaccinated against rabies are not allowed entry into Jamaica .


Cats and dogs over three months old are admitted temporarily with certificates of origin and good health (or anti-rabies inoculation) issued by a licensed veterinarian from the country of shipment.


Pets must have Veterinary Health certificates and inoculations records and will be quarantined between three to six months.


The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is a United States territory and requires that pets come with a current veterinary health certificate (with a list of inoculations).


Cats and dogs over three months old are admitted temporarily with certificates of origin and good health (or anti-rabies inoculation) issued by a licensed veterinarian from the country of shipment.Immigration of pets


Embassy of St. Lucia3216 New Mexico Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20016(202) 364-6792Fax: (202) 364-6723

Pets must have a Veterinary Import Permit before they may enter St. Lucia. This may be arranged for by contacting the Ministry of Agriculture’s Veterinary Department. They must also adhere to the following requirements:

• The cat/dog must be electronically identifiable by having had an acceptable type of microchip implanted. Microchips must conform to ISO standard 11784.

• The cat/dog must be vaccinated against rabies at or over three months of age using inactivated and adjuvant vaccine approved by the veterinary authority of the exporting country.• A blood test must be carried out not less than 30 days after the date the vaccination was done

.• The blood sample must be sent to an approved laboratory facility. The veterinary authority of the exporting country must accredit the laboratory. In order to qualify for permission, the blood test must show rabies and antibody trait equal or more than 0.5 IU/ml.

• Once permission has been granted, the cat/dog would be able to travel into St Lucia, 180 days (6 months) after the date the blood sample was taken

.• The cat/dog must be treated no more than 48 hours before entry into St Lucia with a preparation for the treatment of ticks and fleas and with an anthelmintic preparation.Immigration of pets


Pets are admitted if they have the following documentation:.

A current health certificate (this needs to be dated less than 10 days prior to departure)

The pet must have a rabies vaccination certificate that has been issued between 1 month and 12 months before entering St. Martin.


The following protocols for exporting animals to St. Vincent are available through the International Regulations Retrieval System (IRRS):Direct shipment of pets, dogs and cats, from the US to St. Vincent and the Grenadines is not permitted. Dogs and cats from the US first have to enter legally into the U.K. Once in the U.K. the owner of the pet has to request entrance into St. Vincent.Embassy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines3216 New Mexico Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20016(202) 364-6730Fax: (202) 364-6736Pets from the UK, New Zealand and Australia are allowed into St. Vincent and The Grenadines on presentation of a health certificate to the government veterinary office. Pets from all other countries require a six-month quarantine. Pets can enter Vincentian waters on yachts, but must remain onboard at all times unless the above requirements are met.Immigration of pets


The US. Virgin Islands require a current veterinary health certificate for your pet.

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