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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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 the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the 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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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to the US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:

This completes a pet passport for your dog or cat to enter the US Virgin Islands.

Dog Passport US Virgin Islands

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like the US VIrgin Islands, 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 the US VIrgin Islands. 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 the US VIrgin Islands. 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 the US VIrgin Islands does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling. 

The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to US Virgin Islands. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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what if your a US Citizen ? do u still have to get a pet passport?
Posted on 2013-09-12 03:16:01.0
Yes and it will consist of a veterinary certificate, a health certificate and proof of rabies vaccination at least 6 months prior to entering.
Posted on 2013-10-10 04:45:26.0
Where does this certification get checked? My airline says this is not required for the flight and you do not pass through customs when you arrive in the USVI. Who checks these documents?
Posted on 2013-10-26 13:45:12.0
Living in Cal. and therefore Rabies vaccine is only required every 3 years. It says at least 6 months prior to entering vaccine has to be given, but what if it was given over a year ago?
Posted on 2013-11-29 02:20:55.0
what if they are kittens not even alive for 6 months?
Posted on 2013-12-09 00:05:18.0
Sorry for the late response. You go through customs in the US prior to leaving for the islands.
Posted on 2013-12-11 23:18:29.0
The 3 year vaccine is recognized in the US Virgin Islands. The first vaccine had to be administered at least 6 months ago and kept current.
Posted on 2013-12-11 23:19:37.0
That's not correct. I travel from mainland to USVI every month and do not go through customs. Ever.
Posted on 2013-12-12 00:27:14.0
Your puppy can enter the US Virgin Islands after vaccination at 3 months.
Posted on 2013-12-12 00:39:53.0
Correction: the first vaccination had to be administered at 21 days prior to entry. I have corrected the page.
Posted on 2013-12-12 00:41:21.0
PetTravel thanks!
Posted on 2013-12-12 05:52:42.0
Patrick Kevin Stand corrected, Kevin. Do you enter through MIA and is there not customs from St. Thomas?
Posted on 2013-12-12 11:59:24.0
There is no customs entering USVI from any mainland airport as far as I am aware. Exiting USVI, you do indeed pass through customs.
Posted on 2013-12-12 13:35:18.0
If we are shipping from the US to the Virgin Islands, all they need is a health exam and current Rabies vaccine and the Certificate (APHIS 7001)? Is this correct?
Posted on 2014-01-13 18:03:57.0
entering virgin islands from canada - any extra requirements? thanks.
Posted on 2014-04-11 17:30:49.0
To enter the Virgin Islands from Canada you should carry your pet's rabies vaccination history and a health certificate.
Posted on 2014-04-14 02:54:28.0
My 5lb Poodle is a service dog. Does St Thomas allow service dogs?
Posted on 2014-08-07 06:29:53.0
Kathleen - St Thomas does allow service animals. They are subject to the same regulations as other animals, proof of current rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entering and a health certificate.
Posted on 2014-08-12 03:01:05.0
What are the specific requirements for a rabbit coming from us to any us virgin islands. Thanks
Posted on 2014-08-27 22:38:06.0
Staci - you will not have any problems. You can carry a health certificate just in case.
Posted on 2014-08-28 04:24:09.0
Our nine year old dog had an immune deficiency disorder and therefore cannot be vaccinated. Our vet assured us that rabies and other titer tests would demonstrate our pet's immunity to tested diseases. Does the USDA Virgin Island recognize this science when admitting pets?
Posted on 2015-01-22 15:27:35.0
Mitchell - your question is a bit confusing, because a titer test measures the amount of rabies antibodies in the blood which are produced as a result of the vaccine. The US has become very strict about not bringing in unvaccinated pets. Try emailing and direct your inquiry to them.
Posted on 2015-01-28 04:23:43.0
Mitchell - pets must be vaccinated for rabies once they reach 12 weeks of age if entering the US Virgin Islands.
Posted on 2015-01-30 01:57:49.0
Does this apply to service animals?
Posted on 2015-03-01 18:16:49.0
Dee Dee - service animals are subject to the same regulations as regular animals.
Posted on 2015-03-03 02:16:50.0