Cayman Islands Pet Passport & Regulations
In accordance with the Cayman Islands Animals Law, "no animal of any description may be imported into the Cayman Islands from any country in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. Other countries from which animals are prohibited are Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic."
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.)
The six month waiting period may be waived under the following circumstances:
- Pets over 10 months of age who have been vaccinated for rabies twice within one year and not less than 6 months apart.
- Pets who resided in the Cayman Islands for at least 6 months prior to travel and are returning to the islands after being away for less than one yar.
- Pets traveling directly to the Cayman Islands from countries considered to be rabies-free.
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
Within 14 days of travel, your dog or cat must be treated against ticks, tapeworm, nematodes and cestodes.
Entering Cayman Islands by Air or Sea
A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given to the Department of Agriculture as to your pet's arrival.
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. No pet can enter the country before 10 months of age.
The following breeds of dogs and their breed types are not permitted to enter the Cayman Islands - Pit BullTerrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa and any breed of dog or crossbreed of dog whose breeding lineage was for the primary purpose of dog fighting.
Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Aquarium fish: importer need to apply for an Import Permit from the Veterinary Services of the Department of Agriculture. The permit will contain the conditions of entry.
Birds must undergo quarantine 30 days prior to export in a government-approved facility. Tests for Newcastle, Avian Influenza, Psittacosis (Avian Chlamydiosis), West Nile Virus must be performed and a health certificat must be issued within 14 days of import. Notice must be provided to Veterinary Officials at least 24 hours prior to import.
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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES 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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