All necessary informations to bring your pet onto the island.
First of all, your domestic animal must be healthy. Therefore, it must be examined by a professional veterinary and get all vaccines requested according to its species. If you travel to a foreign country, it is highly recommended to carry a form of identification indicating the owner of the animal.
If you come from a country with a low incidence of rabies, St Barts does not quarantine healthy pets that meet the following requirements:
– vaccinated for rabies and various other diseases between 30 days and 12 months before entry
– have a Veterinary Certificate (download) completed by a licensed veterinarian, no more than 5 days prior to departure
– present a copy of the Rabies Certificate.
If coming from the United States or Canada, and although not required, it is recommend that a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian complete the form.
If coming from another country, the governing authority responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the form for you.
If coming through Sin Maarten, you should ask an animal/bird importation form to the Inspection Control Services (email@example.com), who will send you the conditions. Once they have been met, you can provide them by e-mail:
– the duly completed form
– the good health certificate provided by the health and veterinary authorities of your country of residence
– if so, a copy of the animal passport (cover page, identification pages, vaccination pages, medical exam page).
This action should be done no sooner than 14 days and no later than 5 days before the day of your arrival in St Maarten. Once in Sint Maarten, you should present the printed importation authorization at the customs.
Inspection: all domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of transmissible disease to humans when examined at the St Barts port of entry. If they don’t appear healthy, further examination by a licensed veterinarian can be required at your expense.
Puppies and kittens: unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter St Barthelemy. A rabies vaccination should be administered no sooner than 3 months of age.
Other Animals: birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter St Barth.
Pet Microchip: although St Barth does not require it, it is strongly recommended to microchip your animal prior to traveling.
You are strongly advised to gather all informations from the relevant authority of your country of residence and/or destination if you don’t want to make your favorite pet spend its vacation in quarantine and/or being refused entry on the island!