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Bringing pets to St Kitts & Nevis


St Kitts & Nevis is quite a pet-friendly country. Pets entering from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden need only have a veterinary certificate (pet passport) However, you must still obtain and file an import permit.

Conditions for the Entry of Dogs and Cats into St Kitts & Nevis from Non-scheduled (other than United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden) Countries

Rabies Vaccinations

Animals under one year of age must receive two rabies vaccinations not less than six months apart with an approved monovalent killed rabies vaccine.

The first vaccination shall not be given to animals less than three months of age. The second or most recent vaccination shall be given not less than 30 days and no more than 12 months before arrival.

The product name, serial or lot number, expiration date and route of administration, information for the two most recent vaccinations must be recorded on the health certificate.

Electronic Microchip Identification

All animals to be imported into St Kitts & Nevis must be identified with an AVID® or Home Again electronic microchip implant. The microchip number must be included on all relevant documents including written application form, blood samples submitted for rabies testing and on results of the rabies tests.

Application for Import Permit

Apply in writing to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for import permit. The application must include the species, name, age, sex, breed, colour or colour pattern and microchip number.

An import permit will be issued only after the Veterinary Authority receives:

• laboratory report with Titre results or 0.5 I.U/ml from an approved laboratory;
• a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days of the date of arrival.

The Veterinary Authority of the exporting country with seal or stamp must endorse this certificate for international travel and must include:

1) a full description of animal including implanted microchip number;

2) records of last 2 rabies vaccinations including name of vaccine, lot/serial number, expiration date and route of administration;

3) last vaccination must have been administered not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to the arrival date;

4) a Health Certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian within 72 hours of arrival must accompany the animal on arrival.

Failure to comply with steps 3 and 4 will result in immediate exportation of the animal or euthanasia at the airport.

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