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Antigua and Barbuda Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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Antigua and Barbuda do 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 Antigua from a rabies-infected country (such as the United States or Canada), 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

Pets entering Antigua from countries infected with rabies such as the United States and Canada, your dog or cat must have been vaccinated for rabies within the past year.

Dogs should be tested for Ehrlichia and Lymes Disease. Cats should be tested for FIP, FeLV and FIV.

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Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

For pets entering Antigua from a rabies-infected country that does not have strict requirements for the importation of rabies-carrying animals (such as the United States and Canada), a rabies titer test must be administered no sooner than 30 days after the rabies vaccination. Samples must be processed at OIE-approved laboratories.

The titer test is not required when entering Antigua and Barbuda from a country that is certified by the OIE as rabies-free and maintains strict control over the import of rabies-carrying animals. (such as Barbados or Jamaica)

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Health Certificate

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Within 7 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian must then complete the health certificate for Antigua 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 government agency responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the form.

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Import Permit

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An veterinary import license from the Veterinary & Livestock Division is required when entering Antigua with a personal pet.


Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

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Your pet must be treated for internal and external parasites within 7 days of travel and products used should be noted on the health certificate.


Entering Antigua by Air


Pets must enter Antigua at the V.C. Bird International Airport in St. John's.

You must notify the Veterinary & Livestock Division of your arrival 48 hours ahead of time to allow for inspection; there is a fee for the inspection. Animals are also subject to import tax.

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 Antigua

Any dog of the Pit Bull breed or cross of this breed are not permitted to land on Antigua and Barbuda. Any dog resembling this breed must be accompanied by a certification from a recognized kennel club which will confirm that the dog is not of the Pit Bull breed.


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 Antigua. 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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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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