Aruba Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Aruba does not permit the import of dogs or cats that transit through or originate in countries that need prior approval for
import such as South/Central America, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Pets from these countries must be traveling with
a family transferring residency to Aruba and must have prior approval.
Pets must have been born in or lived continuously in a rabies-free
or rabies-controlled country for a
minimum of 6 months prior to import.
Aruba does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
To enter Aruba, your pet must first be microchipped with an AVID microchip or 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.
After being microchipped, pet cats and dogs entering Aruba must have been vaccinated for rabies more than 30 days prior to entry and not more than the expiration date of the vaccine. The 30 day rule does not apply if your pet is currently vaccinated and the vaccination occurred after a microchip was implanted.
Your pet must be inspected for screwworm within 14 days of travel and your veterinarian must attest that your pet is not from an area that is under control for screwworm or will not be transiting such a zone.
Pet Health Certificate
A licensed veterinarian in the origination country must complete the pet health certificate for Aruba not more than 14 days prior to travel. The certificate must be issued by or endorsed by a government veterinarian who represents the governmental agency responsible for the import and export of animals in the origination country.
An import permit is not required when entering Aruba with a personal pet; however all paperwork must be sent by email to Veterinary Services before travel. If everything is correct, you will receive a reply with a pre-approval which can be printed to facilitate the process at the local customs when arriving in Aruba.
Entering Aruba by Air
Pets must enter Aruba at the Queen Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or air cargo.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens under 3 months of age may enter Aruba with their owners only from approved countries. Veterinarians should include an indication on the pet health certificate that the puppy or kitten is too young for rabies vaccination.
Aruba does not publish a list of banned breeds. Owners of these breeds need to be aware of airline restrictions.
Owners of all types of other animals are advised to contact the Veterinary Service in Aruba for prior approval. CITES imports may be required for protected species.
Birds may be accepted with a health certificate and other provisions which will be provided by the Veterinary Services in Aruba.
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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