Guadeloupe Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Guadeloupe does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
The first step to prepare your dog, cat or ferret to enter Guadeloupe is to have your pet microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip.
If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can either bring your own microchip scanner or your veterinarian can implant a compliant chip. If your pet has 2 microchips, the number and implant dates of both microchips must be documented on the EU Health Certificate (see step #5).
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet was vaccinated for rabies after the tattoo was applied.
If your pet is entering Guadeloupe from a rabies-free (click here) or rabies-controlled country (click here), it will need proof of a current rabies vaccination that was administered after the microchip was implanted. (rabies certificate)
If this is your pet's first vaccination after microchipping or if its previous vaccination has expired, it will need to wait for 21 days before traveling. There is no waiting period after boosters as long as:
- the previous vaccination was administered after a microchip was implanted AND
- the previous vaccination had not expired when the booster was given.
Guadeloupe does honor the 3 year rabies vaccination for dogs, cats and ferrets; however, it should only be administered as a booster unless specified by the manufacturer. You can speak to your veterinarian about this.
Once you have entered Guadeloupe, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date, and the other entry requirements are met.
Rabies Titer Test
If your pet is entering Guadeloupe from a high-rabies country (click here), your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that order). After waiting 30 days, a rabies titer test (FAVN) must be administered (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your pet can enter Guadeloupe no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Guadeloupe from a high-rabies country (click here).
Pet Health Certificate
The type of pet health certificate required for your pet depends on whether or not your pet's transport is accompanied OR it involves a purchase, sale or transfer of ownership. Choose from two options below.
Non-Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet AND the transport does not involve purchase, sale or transfer of ownership.
Non-Commercial Transport to Guadeloupe from a country outside of the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Guadeloupe from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies as well.
A licensed veterinarian in the originating country must complete the non-commercial EU health certificate for Guadeloupe within 10 days of travel. The pet health certificate must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of live animals.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. (see item 6 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets). The form is good for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as the rabies vaccination documented on it does not expire.
If you, as the owner, is being represented by another person, your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
Non-Commercial Travel to Guadeloupe from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not apply.
Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. A non-commercial EU health certificate is not required for pets traveling to Guadeloupe from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.
Commercial Transport: the owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership OR more than 5 dogs, cats or ferrets are traveling with or without their owner.
Commercial Transport to Guadeloupe from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. Step 3 does not apply.
A licensed veterinarian must complete the the bi-lingual version of the commercial EU health certificate for Guadeloupe within 48 hours of entry. The forms must then be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.
This form is good for transports of 5 or less dogs, cats or ferrets. It is valid for 4 months of travel within the EU as long as your pet's rabies vaccination does not expire.
Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
All dogs must be vaccinated against distemper.
Commercial Transport to Guadeloupe from high-rabies countries outside the EU:
Dogs, cats and ferrets can only enter Guadeloupe from these high-rabies countries. Pets must conform to all rules above and also have a titer test according to step 3 above.
Commercial Transport to Guadeloupe from another EU Member State:
Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
If your pet is traveling to Guadeloupe alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with 6 or more cats, dogs or ferrets, in order to transport them under non-commercial regulations, they must be 6 months or older and attending or training for a competition, show or sporting event. If this is not the case, your pets must meet the requirements for commercial transport. (see step #5)
An import permit is not required when entering Guadeloupe with a personal pet.
Entering Guadeloupe by Air
Pets must enter Guadeloupe via Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or 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.
Limit of three pets per family and, of the three pets, only one pet can be a puppy or kitten under 6 months of age.
The following breeds and their crosses are not permitted to enter Guadeloupe: American Staffordshire terrier/pit-bulls, Boerboel/mastiffs, Japanese tosa.
The following dogs can enter Guadeloupe with restrictions under French law: pedigree American Staffordshire terriers, pedigree tosa, rottweilers, pedigree or not.
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 Guadeloupe. 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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