Belize Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Belize does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Belize does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip; however, it is strongly recommended that you identify your pet with a microchip in your origination country prior to traveling internationally.
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.
If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.
Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering Belize. They do not honor the 3 year rabies vaccination. Pets entering Belize before the waiting period has expired will be home-quarantined.
Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus and cats must be vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Calici Virus and Panleucopaenia.
Pet Health Certificate
Pet dogs and cats may enter Belize accompanied by a pet health certificate for Belize issued by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin within 14 days of entry. Endorsement by a government agency may be required due to export requirements of the origination country.
You must file for an Import Permit before importing your pet to Belize. After your veterinarian has completed the import permit form, you will send it to the Agriculture Department of Belize. They will approve the form and fax it back to you. You will pay a fee for this service. Failure to file an import permit will result in a fine and may result in your pet being placed in quarantine upon entry.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment is required within 30 days of entering Belize.
Entering Belize by Air
Pets must enter Belize via Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
The Director of Animal Health must be notified two days in advance of arrival. Veterinary inspection at the point of entry will be done only during daylight hours (9 am â€“ 4 pm).
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
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens will be confined at home until such time that they are old enough for rabies vaccination (3 months). They wil also have home confinement for 30 days after rabies vaccination.
Belize does not publish a list of banned breeds.
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 Belize. 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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