Importation of Pets
Nevis is a rabies free island. Please help us keep it that way.
Department of Agriculture
Prospect Estate, Nevis, W.I.
Telephone (869) 469-0878 - Fax (869) 469-0878 after 4:30pm
Conditions for the Entry of Dogs and Cats into St. Kiitts and Nevis from Non-Scheduled Countries.
1. Rabies Vaccinations
Animals under one year of age must receive two rabies vaccinations not less than 6 months apart with an approved monovalent killed rabies vaccine.
Adult animals that have received two or more rabies vaccinations go to section 1b .
a. The first vaccination shall not be given to animals less than 3 months of age.
b. The second or most recent vaccination shall be given not less than 30 days and no more than 12 months before arrival
c. 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.
2. Electronic Microchip Identification
All animals to be imported into St. Kitts and 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.
3. 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 a and b below.
a. Two Laboratory reports with Titre results > or = 0.5 I.U/ml from the RABIES/RFFIT/FAVN Laboratory at Kansas State University. Please see section 6a-f
b. A health certificate (USDA-APHIS FORM 7001) 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.
5. Failure to comply with steps 3 and 4 will result in immediate exportation of the animal or euthanasia at the airport.
6. RABIES NEUTRALIZING ANTIBODY TEST (RFFIT OR FAVN)
a. Two Rabies Neutralizing Antibody tests (RFFIT or FAVN) on sera collected at four weeks apart must be conducted.
b. For animals less than one year of age the first Rabies Neutralizing Antibody test (titre) must be taken one month after the rabies vaccination.
c. For adult animals current on rabies vaccination the first titre must be taken no less than 30 days after the most recent rabies vaccine. If the result of the first titre is negative, a booster vaccine must be given and the titre repeated again in one month. Please note that two positive tests are required.
d. The second tests must be conducted not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to arrival.
e. The testing laboratory must submit the test results directly to: The Chief Veterinary Officer, P. O. Box 39, Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies. Telephone 1-869-465-2110, Fax 1-869-465-2928..
f. To be considered valid, the test results must include the number of the implanted microchip and complete description of the animal (age, sex, breed, colour or colour pattern etc).
Laboratory Where the Pre-Arrival RFFIT/FAVN Test is Available
Until further notice the only laboratory approved by the Veterinary Authority of St. Kitts and Nevis for the RFFIT/FAVN TEST is at KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr Deborah Briggs, Department of Pathobiology/Diagnostic Medicine, 1800 Denison Avenue, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-5600.
Summary of Pre-arrival Requirements
1. Complete application form
2. Two Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Test > or = 0.5Iu/ml to be done one month apart.
3. Stamped or sealed USDA Health Certificate (APHIS FORM7001) within 30 days of arrival.
4. Import Permit
5. 72 hours health certificate issued by an accredited Veterinarian accompanying the animal.
6. After completion of step 2 one annual RFFIT or FAVN test is required for frequent travelers.
Failure to have requirements 2-5 will result in deportation of your pet.
A thirty-day confinement is required.
Requirements for thirty day confinement
1. Dogs must be kept on approved premises, completely fenced and secure.
2. Cats must be kept indoors at all times and all windows and doors must be screened.
3. Dogs and cats, after inspection at the port of entry must not be removed from carrier until arrival at the place of confinement.
4. Dog and cats must not come into contact with any other animal during confinement.
5. Dog and cats must not be removed from the premises without permission of the Veterinary Authority. Permission will be granted for Veterinary emergencies.
6. Monitoring of animal during the 30 day confinement - 4 visits
Quarantine violations will result in deportation of your pet. Please note that importation of puppies has been suspended until further notice.
a. Inspection of premises minimum EC $200 - four visits.
b. Airport inspection on arrival EC $100 per animal.
c. Fax charges EC $25 per fax.
d. Complete payment must be made on arrival. No exceptions will be allowed.