Mauritius Pet Passport & Import Regulations
To import a dog or cat to Mauritius from a country where your pet has resided for a minimum of 6 months and is considered as rabies-free or rabies-controlled by the OIE, the following terms and conditions must be followed. Your country's status will be determined at the time the import permit is requested.
Your pet 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. Make sure your veterinarian scans your pet's microchip after it is implanted.
Your pet's microchip number must be present on all documentation required to enter Mauritius.
Your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies between 60 days and 1 year of entry for the initial vaccination and between 30 days and 1 year of entry for all booster vaccinations.
Other vaccinations: dogs - Distemper, Leptospirosis and Canine Parvovirus
Cats: Feline Enteritis, Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Calicivirus
Other tests: Erlichiosis and Brucella Canis
Rabies Titer Test
All dogs and cats entering Mauritius must have a rabies titer test administered by a licensed veterinarian no sooner than 30 days and no more than 6 months in advance of entry.
A letter from your veterinarian will be required attesting that the titer test was done according to regulations. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Additional titer tests done at least 3 months apart may be required for pets entering Mauritius from certain countries including the United States. The import permit will provide more detail.
You must apply for an Import Permit 3 - 6 months of advance of entering Mauritius. You must also state your purpose for visiting the country.
A USDA or CFIA accredited veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Health Certificate for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If your pet is entering Mauritius from another country, the Government Authority responsible for the import and export of live animals should endorse the form.
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter Mauritius, dogs and cats must be treated for external parasites and checked for both internal and external parasites shortly prior to travel.
Countries that Mauritius approves for pet import
Your pet can enter Mauritius if it originates (born or lived for a minimum of 6 months) from a country that is deemed rabies-controlled or rabies-free by the OIE. Pets from high-rabies countries or from areas where rabies has occurred within the past 12 months will not be permitted entry.
Your pet shall be landed only with the approval of the Veterinary Officer of Mauritius. The Veterinary Officer must be notified of time of arrival and port of entry at least 3 days prior to arrival time. Once cleared, your dog will be subject to a between 5 and 30 days of quarantine. Extent of quarantine may vary depending on country of origin.
Entering Mauritius by Air
Pets must enter Mauritius via Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Plaine Magnien. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
Pets arriving in Mauritius should do so on a direct flight, if possible. Transiting through other high-rabies countries is not permitted. Pre-notification of arrival is required. Clearance by a broker is required for all dogs and cats entering Mauritius as air cargo.
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.
Dogs and cats must be neutered or spayed prior to entry and must not be pregnant.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Mauritius. 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 titer test.
The following dog breeds are only permitted as purebreds with proof of registration: Alaskan Malamute, Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso, Dobermann, Kangal, Mastino Napoletano, Presco Canario, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler. Mixes of these breeds will not be permitted entry to Mauritius. All dogs must be registered withinn 15 days of import.
The following breeds and their mixes cannot be imported to Mauritius: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Blue Nose Pit Bull, Boerboel, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Japanese Tosa, Red Nose Pit Bull and Staffordshire Terrier.
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 if they are permitted to enter Mauritius. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
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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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