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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 import a pet to Antigua from a rabies-infected country such as the United States or Canada North, Central and South American Countries, USVI, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Hispanola, St Martin, Montserrat, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao or any country that does not maintain strict entry control requirements of imported pets, 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.

The microchip should be implanted by your veterinarian, veterinary hospital or trained nurse. You should receive documentation as to the manufacturer of the microchip and instructions how to register your pet's information in the manufacturer database.

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pet rabies vaccination

Your dog or cat must have been vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months before travel.

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

rabies titer test

No sooner than 30 days after the administration of a rabies vaccination, a licensed veterinarian must administer a rabies titer test. Samples must be processed at a laboratory approved by the World Organization of Animal Health.

The titer test is not required when entering Antigua and Barbuda from a country that is recognized by the World Organization of Animal Health as rabies-free and maintains strict control over the import of rabies-carrying animals.

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Pet Health Certificate

pet health certificate

Within 7 days of travel, a licensed veterinarian in the origination country must then issue the pet health certificate for Antigua. The certificate must then be endorsed by a veterinarian representing the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

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Import Permit

pet import permit

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


Parasite Treatment

tapeworm treatment

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


Entering Antigua by Air

flying to Antigua

Pets entering Antigua by air must enter 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 breeds.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

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.



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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