Export of Dogs and Cats to the Cayman Islands

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1. All dogs and cats must be accompanied by an import permit. Application forms available from Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 459, Grand Cayman, KYI-1106, Cayman Islands.

Telephone: 345-947-3090, Facsimile: 345-947-6501
E-mail: shana.chin@gov.ky or ciagriculture@gov.ky

2. These procedures must be performed in the following order.

a) Identify pet with an acceptable microchip. Only microchip brands that are accepted by the ISO (Standard 11784 or Annex A to standard 11785) and can be read by 134.2 kHz scanners should be used. These include some AVID, Home Again, and Identichip microchips.

Any microchip company can be used as long as the chip meets the requirements of the importing country. It is up to the owner/veterinarian to ensure that the chip being used will conform. A microchip implant certificate must be issued.

For easy reference the National Companion Animal Coalition's website lists companies that manufacture ISO-compatible microchips.

The microchip number must be recorded on all documentation required to import your dog or cat into the Cayman Islands.

b) After identification, a licensed veterinarian must vaccinate the pet against rabies using an approved inactivated or recombinant vaccine. The pet must be at least 12 weeks of age at time of vaccination. If your dog or cat was vaccinated before being fitted with a microchip, it must be vaccinated again. Subsequent booster vaccinations must be administered in accordance with the recommendations of the vaccine manufacturer.

The microchip number must be recorded on the rabies vaccination certificate. Vaccination certificates without a microchip number will not be accepted.

c) A blood test must be taken 30 days after vaccination to check for protective antibodies against rabies. The blood test, a Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralising Test (FAVN) must be carried out by a laboratory approved by the OIE for carrying out such a test. The test result must show a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/ml and must bear the animal's permanent identification number (microchip).

OIE-approved laboratory for this test:

Kansas State University – The Rabies Laboratory
2005 Research Park Circle
Manhattan, Kansas 66502, United States
Telephone: 785-532-4483 Facsimile: 785-532-4474

Please refer to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, for information on submitting the samples.

It is recommended that the copy of the United States Department of Agriculture standing import permit accompany any samples to Kansas. The veterinarian must contact the above laboratory and request a copy be faxed.

d) Your pet will be eligible to enter the Cayman Islands not less than 3 months and not more than 12 months after the date the blood sample that gave a successful test result was drawn. To continue to be eligible to enter the Cayman Islands without delay, the titre test must be repeated on/before the 12 month expiration date.

e) Within 14 days of the scheduled date of travel, the pet must be treated for tapeworms and ticks. The treatment must be recorded on the Official Veterinary Health Certificate.

For tapeworms a preparation containing praziquantel at a dose rate of 5 mg/kg body weight must be used.

For ticks: a topical preparation known to have residual action must be used. A product containing fipronil is preferred. Other products include amitraz, pyrethrins and permethrins.

Note: Shampoos, collars and preparations used for the control of fleas such as Program, Advantage, Revolution or Sentinel are not acceptable.

To search for products which are registered and approved for use in Canada, please go to the Health Canada Drug Product Database. Please ensure you read the product label to ensure it can be used for dogs and/or cats.

f) Within 14 days of travel, the pet must be examined and issued an Official Veterinary Health Certificate. The health certificate is issued by a licensed veterinarian and must be endorsed by a Veterinarian of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The licensed veterinarian must provide all the pertinent information concerning identification and vaccination by completing the Export Certificate HA2129 - PDF (916 kb). This certificate must be printed on legal paper (8.5" × 14"), no other format will be accepted.

Once all the steps above have been successfully completed, contact your local Canadian Food Inspection Agency Office to obtain an official endorsement by an Official Veterinarian of the CFIA.

The fee to endorse the certificate is $20.00.

The Official Veterinary Health Certificate is valid for a period of 14 days only from the date the pet was examined and the tick and tapeworm treatment administered.

g) The following must be submitted to the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture for processing:

  • a completed import application form,
  • a copy of the Microchip Implant Certificate,
  • a completed Breed Declaration Form (dogs only),
  • copies of rabies vaccination certificates for rabies vaccinations administered after microchip implant,
  • a copy of the Official Veterinary Health Certificate,
  • a copy of the Rabies Laboratory Report and
  • the appropriate fee.

If successful, an import permit will be issued. Unless otherwise specified, the import permit is valid for 14 days from the date the pet was examined and the tick and tapeworm treatment administered.

h) You must give at least 48 hours notice of the expected date and time of arrival as well as the transport information, including vessel / airline and flight number.

3. Prohibitions: The importation of certain breeds of dogs or crosses of those breeds and their genetic material such as semen and embryos are prohibited. All applications for the importation of dogs into the Cayman Islands must be accompanied by a written declaration from the owner/agent of owner attesting that the dog to be imported does not belong to or is crossed with one or more the of the breeds or type of dogs that are prohibited.

These breeds include:

  • Pit Bull Terrier and its breed types
  • Dogo Argentino and its breed types
  • Fila Brazileiro and its breed types
  • Japanese Tosa and its breed types
  • Any breed of dog or crossbreed of dog whose breeding lineage was for the primary purpose of dog fighting.

For the complete list, please consult the list of dog breed that are prohibited to be imported into the Cayman Islands.

Note: The applicant must provide a colour a photograph(s) of the dog at the time of application that shows the true likeness of the dog.

4. Transportation Instructions: All animals travelling to the Cayman Islands must do so by the most direct route possible. All animals travelling by air must be carried in an approved container, which meets the standards set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

All documents accompanying the animal must be affixed to the container.

If traveling other than by direct route from Canada, through a territory not on the approved list, the door of the container must be sealed with a government approved seal in Canada before the animal is loaded onto the aircraft with the number of the seal entered onto the health certificate by a government official.

List of approved territories:

  • Countries and Territories recognised as being rabies free by the Cayman Islands Government: Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Great Britain, Hawaii, Ireland (Rep), Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, St Vincent.
  • Countries and Territories recognised where rabies is well controlled: Anguilla, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, US Virgin Islands, USA, Vatican.

List of prohibited territories: all countries from Asia, Africa, Central and South America. Also Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Please note that the Cayman Islands may change these requirements without notification to the CFIA. As a result, it is strongly advised to review this export certificate against the import permit to ensure that all requirements are addressed.

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