Pet Entry to SKB

CONDITIONS FOR THE ENTRY OF DOGS AND CATS INTO ST. KITTS & NEVIS FROM RABIES ENDEMIC COUNTRIES 
  1. RABIES VACCINATIONS

Animals must be current on rabies vaccinations whether it is the annual or three (3) year vaccine. The vaccine given must be an approved monovalent killed rabies vaccine. Rabies vaccinations shall not be given to animals less than 3 months of age.

  1. ELECTRONIC MICROCHIP IDENTIFICATION

All animals to be imported into St. Kitts and Nevis must be identified with an ISO compatible electronic microchip implant (e.g. AVID®, Home Again etc.). The microchip number must be included on all relevant documents including written application form, health certificates, blood samples submitted for rabies testing and on results of the rabies tests. 

  1. APPLICATION FOR IMPORT PERMIT

An application form must be completed and application processing fee paid and they must be submitted to the office of Veterinary Services before arrival in order to obtain an import permit. The application form must include the species, name, age, sex, breed, colour or colour pattern and microchip number of the animal. A re-entry application form must also be completed for returning animals.The following are the requirements for entry (A, B, D and C where applicable). An import permit will be issued after A, B and C (where applicable) are received.

  1. A. Dogs & Cats: Two consecutive rabies titres with results greater than or equal to (> or =) 0.5 I.U/mL from an OIE (World Animal Health Organization) certified RABIES/FAVN Laboratory.

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 30 days. Once a result of 0.5 IU/mL or greater is obtained, this would be considered the first titre.The second test must be conducted not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months after the first titre. If the result of the second titre is less than 0.5IU/mL, a booster vaccine must be given and the titre repeated again in 30 days. Once a result of 0.5 IU/mL or greater is obtained, this would be considered the first titre (and a second titre test must be conducted).

Please note: Two consecutive titres with no vaccination between the titres are required.The testing laboratory must submit the test results directly to:Veterinary Services, Department of Agriculture, PO. Box 39, Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies.Telephone: 1-869-465-2110/ 2335, Fax: 1-869-465-2928To be considered valid, the test results must include the number of the implanted microchip and complete description of the animal (age, sex, breed, color or color pattern etc).

  1. Dogs & Cats: A health certificate issued by the Veterinary Authority or Government Veterinarian of the exporting country within 30 days of the date of arrival (in the case of the U.S.A, this is the U.S.D.A Export Health Certificate; for Canada the International Health Certificate for Dogs & Cats). The health certificate must have the seal or stamp of the exporting country for international travel and must include:
  2. A full description of the animal including implanted microchip number.
  3. Records of the last rabies vaccination including name and type of vaccine, lot/serial number, expiration date and route of administration.
  4. For Cats ONLY: Cats must be tested for FIV and FeLV within 30 days of the date of arrival and results must be negative in order to enter the Federation.
  5. Dogs & Cats: A Health Certificate (outlining that an internal/ external parasite treatment* was administered) issued by an accredited veterinarian within 72 hours of arrival must accompany the animal.

*Internal/ External Parasite treatment: Broad Spectrum Anthelmintic

  1. LABORATORY WHERE THE PRE-ARRIVAL FAVN TEST IS AVAILABLE

Until further notice, the only laboratories approved by the Veterinary Authority of St. Kitts and Nevis for the FAVN TEST (for U.S.A & Canada applicants) are: the KANSAS STATE VETERINARY DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY and AUBURN UNIVERSITY VIROLOGY LABORATORY.Rabies Laboratory, Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL), Kansas State University 2005 Research Park Circle, Manhattan, KS 66502 Phone number: (785) 532-4483, Fax number (785) 532 4474; e-mail: rabies@vet.ksu.eduVirology Laboratory, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Alabama, 36849-5519Phone: 334-844-2659Fax: 334-844-2652Email: mincjoa@auburn.edu*If outside of the U.S.A or Canada; any OIE certified laboratory is acceptable.


5.         SUMMARY OF PRE-ARRIVAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Completed Application form and Application Processing Fee (this covers the cost of the Import Permit).
  2. Two consecutive Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Test > or = 0.5 IU/mL.
  3. Cats must test negative for FELV and FIV within one month of travel.
  4. Stamped or sealed Health Certificate from the exporting country within 30 days of arrival (S.D.A Export Health Certificate [USA]; International Health Certificate for Dogs & Cats [Canada] or equivalent).
  5. Import Permit.
  6. Health certificate (indicating an internal/external parasite treatment was administered) issued within 72 hours of arrival by an accredited Veterinarian accompanying the animal.
  7. After completion of part b. (above) one current FAVN test is required for re-entry. The result of which is valid for one year.

Failure to have requirements b-f will result in deportation or euthanasia of your pet.

                                       

  1. POST-ARRIVAL REQUIREMENTS

A thirty-day home confinement is required for new entrants.            Requirements for thirty day confinement

    1. Dogs must be kept on approved premises, completely fenced and secured.
    2. Cats must be kept in-doors 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 of St. Kitts and Nevis. Permission will be granted for Veterinary emergencies. The animal (s) will be monitored during the 30 day confinement (4 visits).

Quarantine violations will result in deportation of your pet. 

  1. FEES

 NEW ENTRANTS:

  1. To be paid before arrival:

Application Processing Fee for new pets (per animal)                             EC $55   US $20
2. To be paid at airport:

  1. Airport & Confinement Inspection (per animal) 8am-4pm                             $325       $120
  2. Airport & Confinement Inspection (per animal) After 4pm and Weekends  $340      $125
  3. Inspection Fee (per additional animal)                             $135       $50

RE-ENTRY:To be paid before arrival:Application Processing Fee for re-entry (per animal)                               EC $20   US $8

  1. To be paid at airport:
  1. Airport Inspection (per animal) 8am-4pm                                                         $100        $40
  2. Airport Inspection (per animal) After 4pm and Weekends                    $125       $46
  3. Inspection Fee (per additional animal)                                             $135        $50

Please note that the following breeds of dogs or dogs mixed with these breeds will not be permitted entry into the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis:

  • Pit Bull Terrier/ Staffordshire Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Presa Canario
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American Bull Dog
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