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Cayman Islands Pet Passport & Import Regulations

According to the laws regulating the import of animals to the Cayman Islands, no animal of any description may be imported into the Cayman Islands directly from any country in Asia, Africa or Central and South America. Other territories from which dogs and cats are prohibited are Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Pets can enter the Cayman Islands only from the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep), Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, St Vincent, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, United States and Vatican City.


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Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10. These requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.


Pet Microchip

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To bring your pet to the Cayman Islands, it 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. Your pet can also be identified by a permanent tatoo.

Your pet's microchip number must be recorded on all documentation.

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After the microchip is implanted, your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering the Cayman Islands. If your dog was vaccinated for rabies prior to the microchip, then it must be vaccinated again after the chip is implanted. Your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before the primary rabies vaccine is given.

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Rabies Titer Test

Rabies Titer Test

Unless your cat or dog has lived for the past 6 months in Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Great Britain, Hawaii, Ireland (Rep), Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland or St Vincent, a rabies titer test (Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralising Test (FAVN) must be administered by a licensed veterinarian at least 3 months but not more than 12 months prior to entry to the Cayman Islands.

The blood sample can be drawn in a non-approved country; however, it must be processed by a laboratory approved by the OIE. The test result must show a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml and must bear your pet's microchip number. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.)

The six month waiting period may be waived under the following circumstances:

  • Pets over 10 months of age who have been vaccinated for rabies twice within one year and not less than 6 months apart.
  • Pets who resided in the Cayman Islands for at least 6 months prior to travel and are returning to the islands after being away for less than one year.
  • Pets having born in or lived in continuously for the previous 6 months who are traveling directly to the Cayman Islands from countries considered to be rabies-free (Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Great Britain, Hawaii, Ireland (Rep), Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, St Vincent).
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Import Permit

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An import permit must be obtained from the Department of Agriculture. This can take 4 months or more to obtain. For those dogs and cats who have resided in the Cayman Islands for at least 6 months and wish to travel to and from the islands, a multiple entry import permit can be obtained.

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Health Certificate

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An accredited veterinarian must complete a Cayman Islands Veterinary Certificate within 14 days of entry stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites and indicating the above vaccinations and the results of the titer test. If your pet is traveling from the United States, an export certificate must be completed by a USDA-accredited veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA. All required documentation (including titer test results) must be provided to the USDA for endorsement.


Internal and External Parasites

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Within 14 days of travel, your dog or cat must be treated against ticks, tapeworm, nematodes and cestodes.


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A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given to the Department of Agriculture as to your pet's arrival.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to the Cayman Islands, George Town. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.


Puppies and Kittens

Cayman Islands puppy or kitten import

Unvaccinated pets under the age of 3 months cannot enter Cayman Islands. Puppies and kittens should be microchipped vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age and wait for 30 days prior to having a titer test. Assuming acceptable results, puppies and kittens can enter the Cayman Islands 6 months after the date the blood was drawn for the test. No pet can enter the country before 10 months of age.


Banned Breeds

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The following breeds of dogs and their breed types are not permitted to enter the Cayman Islands - Akita Inu (American) (Japanese) Alano Español (Spanish Bulldog) American Pit Bull Terrier American Bandogge (Bandog) American Bulldog (AmBull) American Staffordshire Bull Terrier (AmStaff) Armenian Gampr dog Aryan Molossus (Afghanistan Mastiff) Asian Shepherd Dog (Central), Belgian Mastiff (Matin Beige) (Chien de Trait) (Belgian Draft Mastiff) Boerboel (Burbul), Cane Corso (Italiano) (Cane di Macellaio) ( Sicilian Branchiero) (Italian Mastiff) Catahoula Leopard Dog (Catahoula Hog Dog) Caucasian Shepherd Dog (Caucasian Sheepdog) (Caucasian Ovcharka) (Kavkaskaia Ovtcharka) (Caucasian Owcharka) (Caucasian Mountain Dog) (Sage Ghafghazi) (Kavkazskaïa Ovtcharka) (Caucasian Ovtcharka) (Russian Caucasian Ovtcharka) (Russian Caucasian) Central Asian Ovtcharka (Middle Asian Ovtcharka) (Mid-Asian Shepherd) (Central Asian Sheepdog) (Central Asian Shepherd Dog) (Alabai) (Sredneasiatskaïa Ovtcharka) (Turkmen Alabai), Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff) (Bordeaux Bulldog) Dogo Argentino(Argentinian Mastiff) (Argentine Dogo), Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)(Brazilian Molosser)(Cao de Fila), Georgian Shepherd Dog Guatemalan Bull Terrier Gull Dong (Pakistani Bulldog) Gull Terr (Pakistani Bull Terrier), Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Kangal Dog, Karelian Bear Dog (Finnish Bear Dog) Korean Jindo Dog, Lottatore Brindisino, New Guinea Singing Dog (New Guinea Highland Dog) (Singer) (NGSD), Olde English Bulldogge (not to be confused with an ENGLISH BULLDOG), Pakistani Mastiff (Bully Kutta) (Pakistani Bully Kutta) (Bohli Kutta) (Bully Cutha) (Pakistani Mastiff) (Sindh Mastiff) (PBK) Perro de Presa Canario (Canarian catch dog) Perro de Presa Mallorquin (Ca de Bou) Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier (American, English, Irish, etc.), Tibetan Mastiff Tosa (Japanese) (Inu) (Ken).


Other Animals

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Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Aquarium fish: importer need to apply for an Import Permit from the Veterinary Services of the Department of Agriculture. The permit will contain the conditions of entry.

Birds must undergo quarantine 30 days prior to export in a government-approved facility. Tests for Newcastle, Avian Influenza, Psittacosis (Avian Chlamydiosis), West Nile Virus must be performed and a health certificat must be issued within 14 days of import. Notice must be provided to Veterinary Officials at least 24 hours prior to import.



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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 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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