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Turks and Caicos Islands Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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Turks and Caicos Islands does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.


Pet Microchip

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To enter the Turks and Caicos Islands, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner.

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pet rabies vaccination

Unless your dog or cat has lived in a Category 1 country (see step #7) for at least 6 months prior to entering the Turks and Caicos Islands, your dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 6 months and not more than 12 months before entering the Turks and Caicos Islands.

If your dog or cat is entering the Turks and Caicos Islands from the United States or Canada, your pet must receive a primary vaccination for rabies between 3 months and 12 months before entering the country if your pet is not currently vaccinated. If your pet has had the primary vaccination, then the 12 month rule does not apply and your pet can enter the country as long as its vaccination has not expired.

Kittens and puppies must not be vaccinated for rabies prior to 3 months of age.

Dogs must have been vaccinated against Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis/Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Leptospirosis. If entering from a country where Lyme disease is present, dogs must be vaccinated against it or undergo a serological test for Lyme disease not more than 10 days prior to entering.

Cats must have their Feline Calicivirus, Panleukopaenia, Feline Rhinotracheitis and Feline Leukaemia vaccines.

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Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

If you are entering the Turks and Caicos Islands from a Category 2 Country (see step #7), your pet will need a rabies titer test no sooner than 30 days after rabies vaccination. The test must be given more than 3 months but not more than 24 months of entry. Samples must be processed at approved laboratories.

Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip before administering the titer test.

NOTE: If traveling to the Turks and Caicos Islands from the United States or Canada, a titer test must be administered no sooner than 30 days after rabies vaccination. There is no wait time after results are received to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Health Certificate

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A licensed veterinarian then completes the proper Health Certificate for the Turks and Caicos Islands within 10 days of entry. If your pet is entering the islands from the US or Canada, the vet should be USDA-accredited and endorsement by the USDA or CFIA (Canada) is required. If you are traveling from another country, the Governmental Authority responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms for you.

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Import Permit

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An Import Permit must be obtained from the Animal Services Department for all cats and dogs entering the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

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A treatment for internal and external parasite is required within 14 days of entering the Turks and Caicos Islands; however, if your pet is coming from a country known to have screwworm, an inspection is required between one and five days of travel.


Country Classifications

country classifications

Category 1 - Antigua, Anguilla, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Finland, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Montserrat, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Ireland, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Martin (Netherlands Antilles), St. Pierre et Miquelon, St. Vincent, Sweden, Taiwan, The United Kingdom, Uruguay, Hawaii, US Virgin Island. Pets must have resided in these countries for at least six (6) months.

Category 2 - rabies-free countries or rabies-controlled countries.


Entering Turks and Caicos Islands by Air


All pets must enter Turks and Caicos Islands at the Providenciales International Airport. There are no quarantine facilities in Turks and Caicos. Pets that do not clear inspection will be held for no more than 48 hours pending deportation or will be euthanized.

Your dog must be spayed or neutered to enter the country unless you are a registered breeder.

Any dog or cat with a layover of more than 24 hours must obtain a new health certificate in the layover country.

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.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Turks and Caicos Islands will not permit the following dog breeds to enter the country: Dogo Argentino, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bull Dog, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario (Canary dog), Fila Brasiliero, fighting dogs, and all non-domestic canine species and hybrids of such.

The following breeds can be imported, but restrictions are imposed. Veterinary officials must be informed in advance of arrival: Appenzeller, Aryan Molossus, Bandog, Beauceron, Belgian Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, Danish Broholmer, Dogue de Bordeaux, Great Swiss Mountain Dog, Korean Jindo, Kuvasz, Leonberger, Moscow Watchdog, Neapolitan Mastiff, Perro de Presa Mallorquin, Rottweiler, Boerboel, and the Tibetan Mastiff.

All breeds listed with restrictions must be spayed or neutered prior to import.


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 and import permit to enter the Turks and Caicos Islands 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.



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 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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