Cayman Islands Pet Passport & Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10.
To bring your pet to the Cayman Islands, it must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner. Your pet can also be identified by a permanent tatoo.
After the microchip is implanted, your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies at least 1 month but not more than 12 months prior to entering the Cayman Islands. If your dog was vaccinated for rabies prior to the microchip, then it must be vaccinated again after the chip is implanted. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before the primary rabies vaccine is given.
Blood Titer Test
At least 6 months but not more than 24 months prior to entry to the Cayman Islands, a blood titer test, (neutralizing antibody titration test), must be administered by a licensed veterinarian and the sample processed by a laboratory approved by the government in the country of origin. The test result must show a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml and must bear your pet's permanent identification number. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.)
An import permit must be obtained from the Department of Agriculture.
An accredited veterinarian must complete a Cayman Islands Veterinary Certificate within 14 days of entry stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites and indicating the above vaccinations and the results of the titer test. (APHIS 7001 form is not accepted). If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, then USDA (US) or CFIA (Canada) State Veterinarian endorsement is required. If you are traveling from another country, then the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals must endorse the forms.
Internal and External Parasites
Shortly before your dog or cat can enter Cayman Islands, it must be treated against ticks, tapeworm, nematodes and cestodes.
Entering Cayman Islands by Air or Sea
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to the Cayman Islands, George Town. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated pets under the age of 3 months cannot enter Cayman Islands. Puppies and kittens should be microchipped vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age and wait for 30 days prior to having a titer test. Assuming acceptable results, puppies and kittens can enter the Cayman Islands 6 months after the date the blood was drawn for the test.
The following breeds of dogs are not permitted to enter the Cayman Islands - Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chinese Shar-Pei, Japanese Tosa, Bull Mastiff, Mallanois, Dogo Argentino, Neapolitan Mastiff, Japanese Akita, Fila Brazileiro, Dogue de Bordeaux, Catahoula Leopard Dog, Pit Bull Terrier and American Bulldog.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Cayman Islands. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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