St Kitts and Nevis Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an Avid or ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. Your pet's microchip should be scanned by your veterinarian before administering the rabies vaccination with a microchip scanner.
The microchip number must be recorded in all documentation required to enter St Kitts and Nevis.
Your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies after a microchip is implanted. The vaccination must be administered no sooner than 30 days prior to travel. St. Kitts does recognize the 3 year rabies vaccine.
Cats must test negative for FELV and FIV within 30 days of travel.
Rabies Titer Test
A rabies titer test is required no sooner than 30 days after the rabies vaccination. The blood sample must be processed at an approved laboratory. The results of the second titer test must be submitted directly to the Chief Veterinary Officer from the processing lab.
Pet Health Certificate
Within 30 days of travel, a government-issued pet health certificate including microchip number and rabies vaccination history must be issued by a licensed veterinarian in the origination country. After issuance, the certificate must be endorsed by the governing authority in the origination country responsible for the import and export of live animals.
This form together with the titer test results (see step #3) must be sent to the Chief Veterinary Officer in St. Kitts and Nevis together with an application for an import permit.
Importers must file an Import Permit with the Chief Veterinary Officer in St. Kitts and Nevis after the rabies titer test that is done. Included with the permit is the application, rabies titer test results (step #3) and the endorsed health certificate. (step #4)
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter St Kitts and Nevis, it must be treated by a licensed veterinarian against interal and external parasites within 5 days of transport.
All pets entering St Kitts and Nevis will be subject to 14 days of home quarantine. During this time, dogs must be kept in the house or a fenced and secure enclosure. Cats must remain indoors. There will be monitoring by veterinary authorities. Pets must not be removed from quarantine facilities without the permission of veterinary authorities. Violations will result in the deportation of your pet.
Entering St. Kitts and Nevis by Air
Dogs and cats entering St Kitts and Nevis must do so at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in Basseterre.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter St Kitts and Nevis.
The following dog breeds are not permitted to enter St Kitts and Nevis: Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, Pit Bull Terrier/Staffordshire Terrier, American Bulldog, Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario.
The American Staffordshire Terrier is not included in St Kitts and Nevisn legislation. The laws only apply to pure bred dogs and does not apply to cross breeds or mixes.
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 will need an import permit and a health certificate to enter St Kitts and Nevis if it is permitted. 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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