Vanuatu Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Dogs can enter Vanuatu only after conforming to requirements and being imported to Australia or New Zealand. Cats can enter Vanuatu only after conforming to requirements and being imported to Australia, New Zealand or New Caledonia. There will be a heavy penalty for breach of import regulations.
Vanuatu does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia all require that your pet be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit microchip. If your pet's microchip is not compliant, then you must carry your own microchip scanner.
Your pet must have proof of current vaccination against rabies at according to the regulations of Australia, New Zealand or New Caledonia (cats only). If your cat or dog is entering Vanuatu directly from these countries, the vaccination must be at least 14 days and not more than one year prior to entry unless your pet is due for a booster and the previous vaccination has not expired.
Puppies and kittens should not be vaccinated for rabies before 3 months of age.
Rabies Titer Test
A rabies titer test is not required to enter Vanuatu; however, it is required to enter Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia (cats only) depending on the originating country.
Prior to bringing a pet to Vanuatu you must apply for an Import Permit from the Vanuatu Quarantine & Inspections Service.
Within 10 days of travel, a licensed veterinarian will complete the Health Certificate for Vanuatu. This certificate should be endorsed by the Governmental Authority of of Australia, New Zealand or New Caledonia (cats only).
Ticks & Tapeworm Treatment
Dogs and cats must be treated for internal parasites within 3 days of entry to Vanuatu by a licensed veterinarian.
Treatments for external parasites must be given by a licensed veterinarian twice at least 14 days apart, within the 30 days prior to departure. The second treatment must be given within three days of departure. Dogs may also be washed twice with an effective insecticide solution at seven day intervals, the second being within three days of departure.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens under the age of 4 months will not be permitted to enter Vanuatu.
Entering Vanuatu by Air
Live animals entering Vanuatu should do so as air cargo at Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila. Notice must be given to the Principal Veterinary Officer at the airport more than 24 hours prior to entry.
Dogs and cats must fly directly to Vanuatu from the approved country if possible. Transit is permissible only in Australia, New Zealand or New Caledonia (cats only).
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Vanuatu. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Rabbits and birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Vanuatu 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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