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No dog or cat will be allowed entry into the Cayman Islands unless it is at least ten (10) months old. An Import Permit application for dogs and cats must be completed and submitted with an official health certificate of the pet(s), a rabies laboratory titre report and the processing fee for the import permit. However, the following procedures must be carried out in the order shown below:

  1. The pet must first be permanently identified with a microchip transponder or tattoo. Only microchip brands accepted by the International Standards Organisation should be used, (Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785). These include the AVID@,Home Again@, and Identichip@,and microchips that are read by 134.2 kHz scanners.
  2. After the identification procedure, the pet must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian using an approved inactivated vaccine. If the pet had previously been vaccinated before the identification procedure, then the vaccination procedure would have to be repeated. An animal must be at least twelve (12) weeks old before obtaining its first rabies vaccination.
  3. A blood test must be taken not less than thirty (30) days after the vaccination to check for protective antibodies against rabies. A laboratory that is approved by the government of the country or State must carry out a neutralising antibody titration test. The test results must show a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml and bear the animal's permanent identification number.
  4. The pet will be eligible for entry into the Cayman Islands six (6) months after the date of the blood test that gave a successful result. No rabies vaccination older than one year or blood test results older than two (2) years prior to the expected date of shipment will be accepted.
    The following pets will not have to undergo the six-months waiting period after the blood test is taken:

    • Pets over ten (10) months of age that can demonstrate a rabies vaccination history of at least two vaccinations not more than one year and not less than six (6) months apart. The permanent identification (microchip or tattoo) had been applies before the most recent rabies vaccine was administered.

    • Local residents: Pets that have been resident continuously in the Cayman Islands for at least six months prior to travel and would be returning within one year of departure (refer to Guidelines for local pets and pets resident in the Cayman Islands).

    • Pets traveling directly from territories recognised by the Cayman Islands Government as being rabies free; (check with us for more information).
  5. The pet must be treated for tapeworms and ticks within fourteen (14) days of the scheduled date of travel. For tapeworms: a preparation containing praziquantel at a dose rate of 5mg/kg body weight. For ticks: a preparation known to have residual action against ticks must be used. A product containing fipronil is preferred but other products including amitraz, pyrethrins, and permethrins may be used.
  6. Products which are not acceptable for the control of ticks are: shampoos, collars, preparations that are licensed for the control of fleas only (e.g. Program@, Advantage@, Revolution@, Sentinel@).
  7. Within fourteen (14) days of the scheduled date of travel, the pet must be examined by a licensed /government veterinarian and issued with an Official Veterinary Health Certificate. The health certificate must be endorsed (stamp or seal and signature) by an official veterinarian who is employed full time by the government of the country of origin (e.g. USDA in the USA, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, DEFRA in the UK).
  8. A completed application form, the official health certificate and a copy of the rabies titre laboratory report may be faxed or submitted to the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture for processing and issuance of an Animal Import Permit for the pet. A reply will be given within three (3) working days. A return fax number and your telephone number should be submitted with your application form. A single entry permit fee is CI $50.00 (US $61.00 in Bank Draft or International Money Order payable to CI Government), and a multiple entry permit fee is CI $150.00 (US $183.00 in Bank Draft or International Money Order payable to CI Government). A single entry permit is valid for 14 days from the dateof issue and the multiple entry permit is valid for one year.
  9. All information pertaining to the requirements for entry will be provided along with the application form on request. The requirements must be met and verified on the health certificate. When the permit is issued the animal will be allowed entry into the Islands providing an inspection at the port of entry verifies good health of the animal which must also be free of ticks and flees.
  10. At least 48 hours notice of the pet's expected arrival must be given to the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture, including details of the vessel or the airline. The Original Health Certificate and a copy of the Animal Import Permit must accompany the pet when the pet is shipped. The documents may be affixed to the kennel. The health documents and the animal import permit must be declared to the Agricultural Inspector at the port of entry or the animal may not be allowed entry into the Country and may have to return on the same vessel or the airline to the country of origin.

The Official Health Certificates must have the following information:

  • Name and address of the owner/agent;
  • A description of the animal to be imported;
  • The microchip or tattoo identification number of the animal;
  • The date of the last rabies vaccination (including vaccine make and batch number);
  • The date of other vaccinations (DHLPP, FVRCP);
  • Official endorsement (official stamp or seal and signature) by a accredited government employed veterinary on the country of origin;
  • The seal number on the container in which the pet is being transported along with the signature and stamp of the official affixing the seal;
  • The animal will be more than 10 months of age at the schedule time of shipment;
  • As best as can be ascertained, the animal is not infected with any communicable disease and is free from external parasites. The animal has been treated on the day of examination with an acaricidal preparation, which is known to have residual action against ticks of at least 14 days; (the name of the product must be stated on the certificate).
  • That the animal has not been kept within 30 miles of an area officially quarantined for Footand-mouth Disease during the past 30 days, (this does not apply to dogs and cats arriving directly from the UK, USA, Canada or CARICOM territories).
  • That the animal has been continually resident in the country of origin for the past 6 months and as best as can be ascertained, has not been exposed to Rabies or was present within the last 6 months in an officially quarantine or designated Rabies area.
  • The animal has been treated on the day of examination with a preparation containing praziquantel at a dose rate of 5mglkg body weight, which is known to be effective against tapeworms;
  • The animal was subjected to a neutralising antibody titration test within the past 24 months with a result of 0.5IU/ml or greater.

Last Updated: 2008-11-27