St Kitts and Nevis Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an Avid or ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. Your pet's microchip should be scanned by your veterinarian before administering the rabies vaccination with a microchip scanner.
The microchip number must be recorded in all documentation required to enter St Kitts and Nevis.
Your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies after a microchip is implanted. The vaccination must be administered no sooner than 30 days prior to travel. St. Kitts does recognize the 3 year rabies vaccine.
Pets younger than 3 months must not be vaccinated for rabies.
Cats must test negative for FELV and FIV within 30 days of travel.
Rabies Titer Test
Two Rabies Titer Tests (FAVN) are required no sooner than 30 days and not more than 12 months after the rabies vaccination. The blood sample must be processed at an approved laboratory. A second rabies titer test must be administered no sooner than 30 days after the first titer test and not more than 12 months prior to travel. The results of the second titer test must be submitted directly to the Chief Veterinary Officer from the processing lab.
Pets re-entering St Kitts and Nevis must first meet the titer test requirements. As long as these are met prior to leaving the island, only one titer test is required to return.
Within 30 days of travel, a government-issued health certificate including microchip number and rabies vaccination history must be obtained and endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of live animals must endorse the forms.
This form together with both titer test results (see step #3) must be sent to the Chief Veterinary Officer in St. Kitts and Nevis together with an application for an import permit. (see step 5)
Within 72 hours of travel, another health certificate must be completed by a licensed veterinarian. This form does not need to be endorsed.
You must file an Import Permit with the Chief Veterinary Officer in St. Kitts and Nevis after the second rabies titer test that is done. Included with the permit is the application, rabies titer test results (step #3) and the endorsed health certificate. (step #4)
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter St Kitts and Nevis, it must be treated by a licensed veterinarian against interal and external parasites within 72 hours of transport. (Can be done when the second health certificate is issued.)
All pets entering St Kitts and Nevis will be subject to 30 days of home quarantine. During this time, dogs must be kept in the house or a fenced and secure enclosure. Cats must remain indoors. There will be monitoring by veterinary authorities. Pets must not be removed from quarantine facilities without the permission of veterinary authorities. Violations will result in the deportation of your pet.
Entering St. Kitts and Nevis by Air
Dogs and cats entering St Kitts and Nevis must do so at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in Basseterre.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. 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 puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter St Kitts and Nevis. The import requirements include microchipping and rabies vaccination no sooner than 3 months of age. Puppies and kittens should wait a minimum of 30 days after rabies vaccination prior to having their first titer test and 30 days after the first test to have the second test.
The following dog breeds are not permitted to enter St Kitts and Nevis: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier/Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is not included in St Kitts and Nevisn legislation. The laws only apply to pure bred dogs and does not apply to cross breeds or mixes.
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 will need an import permit and a health certificate to enter St Kitts and Nevis if it is permitted. 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 (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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