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Importing Pets

In accordance with the Cayman Islands Animals Law, no animal of any description may be imported into the Cayman Islands from any country in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, as well as Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

1. Your pet must have an 15 digit ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip to bring it into the Cayman Islands

2. It must have been vaccinated against rabies at least one month but not more than a year before entering Cayman. 

3.  At least 6 months  but not 2 years prior to entering the Cayman Islands your pet must have a blood titer test from a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin. The test result must show a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml and must bear your pet's permanent identification number. 

The six month waiting period may be waived under the following circumstances:

  • Pets over 10 months of age who have been vaccinated for rabies twice within one year and not less than 6 months apart.
  • Pets who resided in the Cayman Islands for at least 6 months prior to travel and are returning to the islands after being away for less than one yar.
  • Pets traveling directly to the Cayman Islands from countries considered to be rabies-free.

4. An import permit must be obtained from the Department of Agriculture.

5. A minimum of 48 hours notice must be given to the Department of Agriculture as to your pet's arrival.

After Arrival

1.  An accredited veterinarian must complete a Cayman Islands Veterinary Certificate within 2 weeks of arriving in Cayman stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites and indicating the above vaccinations and the results of the titer test. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, then USDA (US) or CFIA (Canada) State Veterinarian endorsement is required. If you are traveling from another country, then the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals must endorse the forms.

2. Within 14 days of travel, your dog or cat must be treated against ticks, worms and other parasites.

Banned Breeds

The following breeds of dogs are not permitted to enter the Cayman Islands - Mallanois, Rottweiller, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Chinese Shar-Pei, Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Akita, Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bull Dog, Dogue de Bordeaux, Mastiff (all types).

Other Animals

Rabbits, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Aquarium fish: importer need to apply for an Import Permit from the Veterinary Services of the Department of Agriculture. The permit will contain the conditions of entry.

Birds must undergo quarantine 30 days prior to export in a government-approved facility. Tests for Newcastle, Avian Influenza, Psittacosis (Avian Chlamydiosis), West Nile Virus must be performed and a health certificat must be issued within 14 days of import. Notice must be provided to Veterinary Officials at least 24 hours prior to import.


Pets Travelling on Cayman Airways

Cayman Airways will accept domestic dogs, cats and household birds for carriage subject to certain charges. On the jet service a maximum of four pets are allowed in the cargo compartment per flight and a maximum of two pets are allowed in the passenger compartment per flight (one in business class and one in economy class).

For more information on travelling with pets on Cayman Airways go to

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