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Tonga Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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Tonga does not quarantine healthy cats and dogs entering from areas where rabies-free areas where they have lived since birth or a minimum of the past 6 months and where no reports of rabies have been recorded for the 2 years prior to import. The the following requirements must be met. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.

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Pet Microchip

pet microchip

Tonga does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.

If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.

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Vaccinations

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Dogs and cats entering Tonga must be vaccinated for rabies between 21 days and 12 months prior to entering the country.

Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, canine parvovirus, echinococcosis-hydatidosis at various intervals before travel.

Cats must be vaccinated against feline panleucopaenia, feline viral rhinotracheitis/calici virus, and echinoccosis-hydatidosis at various intervals before travel.

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3.

Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

A rabies titer test is not required to enter Tonga from any country.

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4.

Health Certificate

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A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Tonga Veterinary Certificate for Dogs or Tonga Veterinary Certificate for Cats for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.

Cats and dogs must also be examined within 24 hours of shipment and show no sign of rabies or other health issues.

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Import Permit

pet passport forms

To bring a pet dog or cat to Tonga, you must first file an application form with the Tonga Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

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Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

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Cats and dogs must be treated against round, hook and whip worms within 3 days of travel. A treatment and inspection for external parasites is also required.

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Entering Tonga by Air

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Pets must enter Tonga via Fua'amotu International Airport and must enter as air cargo. You will need an IATA-compliant pet crate. Advance notification of flight arrival must be provided to the Veterinary Office in Tonga a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Pets will then be turned over to the Livestock Quarantine Officer inspection of the animal and documents. If all documents are in order and the veterinary officer finds the pet to be healthy it will be released to your custody within a few hours. There are fees for inspection.

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Tonga, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.

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.

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Puppies and Kittens

Australia puppy or kitten import

Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Tonga. Rabies vaccination should occur no sooner than 3 months of age. Puppies and kittens should wait a minimum of 21 days after rabies vaccination prior to entering Tonga.

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Other Animals

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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 Tonga 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.

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CITES

CITES endangered turtle

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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