Pet Passport Turks & Caicos
Domestic Pets - there are no restrictions on bringing domestic pets
into the Turks and Caicos Islands from countries the Department of Agriculture
considers as a rabies free country such as
Antigua, Australia, Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, New Zealand, Ireland, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Virgin Islands, and United Kingdom. Pets must have resided in these countries for at least six (6) months.
Pets entering from countries with a low incidence of rabies
such as the United States and Canada must follow these steps:
- Your pet must be microchipped with a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant
If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own
If your pet is entering Turks and Caicos from a rabies country
ot listed above and excluding the United States and Canads, it must be vaccinated for rabies
and other diseases not less than 6 months and not more than one year prior to entry.
Import Permit issued by Animal Health Services
When originating in a
rabies free country (excluding the United States or Canada**), a Blood Titer Test must be administered
not less than 3 months and not more than 24 months prior to
entry and processed at an
approved laboratory. The test is valid for two (2) years. (Have
your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer
A licensed veterinarian then completes the proper
International Health Certificate
for Turks & Caicos for
endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are traveling from another
country, the Governmental Authority responsible for the import and
export of animals should endorse the forms for you.
A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should
also be included for endorsement.
- Ticks and tapeworm examination within 14 days of import.
This will complete your cat or dog passport for the Turks and Caicos
**If traveling from the United States or Canada, the rabies vaccination can be given at least 3 months and not more than 12 months prior to entry. Your pet must have had a Blood Titer Test done during its lifetime and the vaccination must not have expired at any time.
There are no quarantine facilities in Turks and Caicos. Pets that do not clear inspection will be held for no more than 48 hours pending deportation or will be euthanized.
Your pet must be spayed or neutered to enter the country unless you are a registered breeder.
Breed Restrictions: the following dog breeds are banned from entry to the Turks and Caicos dogo Argentino, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa canario and Fila Brasiliero.
The following breeds can be imported but restrictions are imposed: Appenzeller, Aryan Molossus, Bandog, Beaveeron, Belgian Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, Danish Broholmer, Dogue de Bordeaux (Bordeaux bulldog), Great Swiss Mountain Dog, Jondo, Kuvasaz, Leonburger, Moscow watch dog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pero de Presa Mallorquin, Roman Fighting Dog, Rottweiler, South African Boerboel and Tibetan Mastiff.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like the Turks and Caicos, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the 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
Turks and Caicos. 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 Turks and Caicos. 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.
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