- From: Grand Baie
- Registered: 2005-03-11
- Posts: 27427
Formalities to bring your pet in the Virgin Islands
What are the formalities and paperwork required to bring your pet in the Virgin Islands?
How long do formalities & paperwork usually take in the Virgin Islands?
What are the relevant authorities to contact?
Which vaccines are compulsory? Do your pets have to go in quarantine at their arrival in the Virgin Islands?
Which advice would you give to the ones who would like to move with a dog, a cat or any other pet?
Thanks in advance for participating
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- From: Christiansted
- Registered: 2011-07-07
- Posts: 26
Re: Formalities to bring your pet in the Virgin Islands
RE bringing pets into the Virgin Islands.
You have to get a examination from a Vet who will then issue a health certificate on your pet.
Your pet will have to have all up-to-date shots including a current Rabies vaccine to travel.
There is no quarantine.
The big problem is this: if your dog has to travel in a kennel in cargo of a airplane, then the airlines won't carry them if the temperature upon takeoff or landing is 85 degrees or above.
So, to bring your dog, you will have to plan your travel around days where the temperature on the ground taking off from where you leave from and landing anywhere is not 85 degrees or above.
Here in the VI, temps for traveling with pets is best around end of Sept and on until May. The end of May, temps rise here.
Also, the health certificate and the current Rabies vaccine have to be given within 10 days of your travel.
Assuming you're bringing a dog, once on island, you will not need to get your dog anymore Rabies vaccines as there has never been an active case of Rabies here. You will need to keep up the shots tho and give your dog/cat Heartworm monthly. Lots of Heartworm here due to the warm weather and it is usually fatal for your pet.
Several very good Veterinarians here on island. Veterinarian fees seem to be less than on the US mainland.
Dogs love it here. My dog goes to the beach a couple times a wk. She loves it! Weather is nice for older dogs who are arthritic.
Once you decide a date to travel, get your pet the health certificate and Rabies and a kennel to travel in. The airlines have specific rules/regs for the size of the animals and kennels so go online to the appropriate airlines to see what they say. They handle all the paperwork you get from the Vet at checkin.