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Pet import/export from Anguilla

Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the Agriculture Department:
Telephone: (264) 497 2615
Fax: (264) 497 0040

Import Permit Requirements for Pets

  • Name of person(s) traveling with pet.
  • Country of origin.
  • Breed of dog (eg Rottweiler)
  • An original Health Certificate issued by a vet in country of origin stating that animal should be free of any infectious or contagious diseases and should not be in contact with any animal suffering from the same for the past sixty (60) days.
  • Animal must be vaccinated against rabies more than one(1) month but less than one (1) year before the date of importation.
  • Permit is only valid for one (1) month.

Export Permit Requirements for Pets

  • Name of person(s) traveling with pet.
  • Type of animal(s) to be exported.
  • Animal(s) should be free of any infectious or contagious diseases, and should not be in contact with any animal(s) suffering from the same for the past sixty (60) days .
  • Permit is only valid for one (1) month. 

Fit To Travel?

Bear in mind the suitability of travelling for your pet. Certain breeds of dogs and cats are banned from travelling during the hot summer months, ie. Flat nosed breeds - the airline carrier should be consulted on their specific rules. This is in the interest of the animal's welfare as flat nosed breeds are at higher risk of heat stress.

Internationally animals must be a minimum age of 4 months prior to export (this may be more depending on the country of import).

Certain breeds of dog are banned in many countries, e.g. Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Toza, Fila Brasileiro and all of their crosses

Elderly animals with heart /lung/joint disease and very young animals should especially be considered and thorough examination of all age groups by a competent veterinarian should be carried out before travel. This examination should involve blood and urine testing for older animals as many early stage diseases can only be identified by these means.

Each country will have its own protocol. These may change without notification so it is always best to check with the relevant embassy on the latest requirements. Countries that are rabies free have more involved requirements to prevent introduction of this terrible disease.

Listed below are the basics to ensure your pet reaches its destination without any problems.

 


Please see the following regions for the protocols

Please note that if you intend to return to Anguilla with your pet you must obtain an import permit from the ministry official veterinarian prior to export.

Find below your region's protocol:

Mainland Europe

Most of the mainland European counties require only the following:

  1. Click here to read the information

Australia & New Zealand

Both of these countries have a minimum mandatory quarantine of 30 days only if their pre-export testing procedures are fulfilled. Blood tests start at 5 months (Australia) and 6 months (New Zealand) before export. Other laboratory tests and treatments are done at specific timings.

Planning for export to these countries should start at least 7-8 months before export, as rabies vaccination must be done before blood testing to ensure adequate levels are achieved. Australia will allow testing less than 5 months before export but the quarantine time will be proportionately longer.

The Australian quarantine service recommend to AVOID vaccination for Leptospirosis (only for dogs) within 6 months of export as this can cause false positives in the blood tests and complicate the procedure. Vaccination for leptospirosis can be done after satisfactory blood results have been received. However, if your dog has been vaccinated for Leptospirosis within the 6 months to export it is not necessarily a problem.

Due to the complexity of export to Australia and New Zealand, we recommend that you contact us directly.

Asia

The majority of counties forming Asia require the following:

  1. Microchip identification (for some countries)
  2. Valid Rabies Vaccination
  3. Import permit issued by the country of Import
  4. Anguilla Health Certificate issued within 7 days of travel

Please call Anguilla Veterinary Clinic (264) 497-4600 for specific details)for specific details or the relevant embassy regarding specific country regulations.

Some blood tests and treatments may be needed in certain cases.

USA & Canada

  1. Valid Rabies Vaccination
  2. Anguilla Health Certificate issued within 7 days of travel

(n.b. Hawaii has more involved import rules including Rabies blood testing and quarantine- (please call Anguilla Veterinary Clinic (264) 497-4600 for specific details))

United Kingdom

The information below outlines what preparations your pet will need to enter the UK depending on what country you are travelling from.
If you are entering the UK from the EU or a listed non-EU country your pet must:

  • Be identified with a microchip
  • Have received a rabies vaccination followed by a 21 day wait
  • Be accompanied by the relevant documentation
  • Be treated against tapeworm (dogs only)
  • Enter with an approved transport company on an authorized route

If you are entering the UK from an unlisted non-EU country your pet must:

  • Be identified with a microchip
  • Have received a rabies vaccination
  • Complete a blood test followed by a three month wait
  • Be accompanied by the relevant documentation
  • Be treated against tapeworm (dogs only)
  • Enter with an approved transport company on an authorized route

If you are re-entering the UK from an unlisted country with an EU pet passport:
Pets travelling to an unlisted non-EU country that have been identified, microchipped and blood sampled 30 days after vaccination demonstrating a positive titration result before leaving the UK (or another EU country) may re-enter the UK without having to meet the three month waiting period. The vaccination, blood sample and positive titration result must be recorded on the pet passport.

IMPORTING

Please Contact the below for importing any animals into Anguilla. For your pet's requirement see the attached forms for information.

lvv@sintmaartengov.org

Inspection Dept. TEZVT - Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Zoutsteeg nr. 3, Philipsburg, Anguilla.

 









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