Pet Passport Tonga
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Tonga
Tonga does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:
- To bring a pet dog or cat to Tonga, you must first file an application form with the Tonga Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
- Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entry into the country.
- A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Tonga Veterinary Certificate for Dogs or Tonga Veterinary Certificate for Cats for endorsement 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 animals should endorse the forms.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
Your pet must arrive in Tonga as manifested cargo. It will then be turned over to the Livestock Quarantine Officer inspection of the animal and documents. If all documents are in order and the veterinary officer finds the pet to be healthy it will be released to your custody within a few hours. There are fees for inspection.
The rules for cats are slightly different.
Dog Passport for Tonga
Cat Passport for Tonga
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Tonga, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Tonga. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: 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 Tonga. 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. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
Pet Microchip: Although Tonga does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling.
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