Tahiti Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats including service and emotional support animals. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.
Dogs and cats can enter Tahiti only from certain countries. See step #8 for details.
Your dog or cat must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner. Your pet's microchip number must be present on all documentation.
Tattoos are another form of identification.
After microchip insertion, your dog or cat must be vaccinated against rabies no sooner than 3 months of age and a minimum 6 months before entering the country.
Dogs who have lived in a country considered to be infected with leishmaniasis within 6 months of entering Tahiti must show negative in a screening test within 30 days of entry.
Other required vaccinations include Paraovirus, Canine Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis and Leptospirosis. (dogs)
Feline Panieucopenia, Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis vaccinations (cats)
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter Tahiti, it must be treated against both internal and externam parasites using standard procedures twice within 30 days of entry. The second treatment must be administered at least 14 days apart from the first treatment and within 4 days of transport.
Rabies Titer Test
Your dog or cat must have a rabies titer test processed by an OIE-approved laboratory not sooner than 3 months after the primary (first) rabies vaccination and not later than 12 months of entry. If your pet is currently vaccinated, the titer test can be administered right after a booster shot.
A licensed veterinarian must complete a Tahiti Veterinary Certificate within 4 days of entry stating that your pet is healthy, has no transmissible diseases and free of parasites and indicating the above vaccinations and the results of the titer test (if applicable). The examination should be done at the airport or in a quarantine station in one of the countries listed in step #7.
You must file an import permit to the Minister of Agriculture. If your dog or cat is transiting through a country that requires it, a quarantine reservation must be provided. All vaccinations and tests must be provided.
Your pet must have a certificate from quarantine station that the booking is effective and respects the 3 months delay after rabies and rabies titer test.
Tahiti does not have quarantine facilities. Dogs and cats entering the country must spend 30 days in approved quarantine facilities in the following countries Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia or England. Quarantine must be served 3 months after the rabies titer test is administered.
Permitted Import Countries
Dogs and cats can enter Tahiti after being born in or lived in the following countries for a minimum of 6 months prior to the beginning the quarantine period: Aruba, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Cape Discovery, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Spain, Arab Emirates, United States, France, Finland, Fiji, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Isle Mauritius, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Pays-Bs, Portugal, Qatar, Shaba, Sarawak, The Seychelles, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands or Wallis and Futuna.
As there are no quarantine facilities on the island, 30 days of quarantine must be served in either Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Iceland, New Caledonia or the United Kingdom in an approved facility. Dogs and cats having born in or lived in these 7 countries can enter Tahiti directly without quarantine.
The entire process will take 7 months to complete.
Entering Tahiti by Air or Sea
Pets must enter Tahiti in Fa'a'ã International Airport in Tahiti.
Your pet's crate must be sealed by government officials in the originating country. The number must be reflected on the health certificate. Dogs and cats must not transit through a country that is not considered rabies-free.
Any dogs or cats entering Tahiti by pleasure boat must commit to confine their pet to the boat.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies must be a minimum of 10 months of age to complete the process to enter Tahiti. All rules above will apply.
The following dog breeds and their crosses are not permitted to enter Tahiti: Argentine Dogo, Fila brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, American Staffordshire Terrier or Staffordshire Terrier.
All Rottweiler or American Staffordshire Terrier breed dogs must be registered in a studbook approved by the International Cynological Federation.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but will have to meet other requirements and should have an import permit and health certificate to enter Tahiti. 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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