How to Obtain a Pet Import Permit
Bringing Pets When Relocating to the BVI
Pet Passport & Quarantine Information
The British Virgin Islands is a pet-friendly country; however, we do have strict health rules that must be followed, including 3 to 6 months of quarantine.
The BVI is a Rabies-free territory. The regulations for bring pets into the BVI depend on whether their home country is known to have outbreaks of Rabies, such as mainland USA & Canada. (See list of countries below.)
In order to protect against the spread of this and other diseases, the following regulations are strictly adhered to and enforced by the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Division:
Your dog or cat will be permitted entry into the British Virgin Islands only if accompanied by an Animal Health Certificate issued by the veterinary authority (government) in the country of origin. This certificate must be presented with proper identification of the animal and warrants that:
- The pet is healthy and free from symptoms of infectious or contagious disease;
- The pet has been treated against internal and external parasites;
- The pet, if a dog, has been vaccinated against Canine Parvovirus, Distemper, Hepatitis/Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, and Lyme Disease;
- The pet, if a cat, has been vaccinated against Panleukopenia, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, and Feline Leukemia;
- The area of origin is not currently under Rabies quarantine;
- The pet has had at least 2 inactivatedRabies vaccines (the first not earlier than 3 months of age and another at least 6 months later);
- A serological test has determined the presence of adequate virus neutralizing antibody titres, prior to departure from home (4 months after the first inoculation and at least 1 month after the second or subsequent vaccines.
Pets will be permitted to enter the BVI up to 12 months after their last booster shot, subject to positive blood tests. Original vaccination certificate and laboratory test reports must accompany the animal.
The pet must be found clinically healthy upon arrival in the BVI.
Pet Quarantine Procedures and Costs
- The Veterinary Division of the Department of Agriculture must be given at least 24 hours’ notice of confirmed arrival date, time, airline or vessel, and port of entry. This will avoid unnecessary delays and possible detention of animal for veterinary clearance at port of entry.
- The pet will be taken from port of entry directly to a place of quarantine and will be held there for a period of 3 to 6 months (which will be determined upon arrival). [Young animals not subjected to vaccination and serology are allowed entry under special quarantine arrangements.]
- All costs associated with quarantine are to be borne by the owner.
- All required conditions must be met and all documents including Import Permit, Veterinary Health Certificate, Vaccination Certificate, and laboratory test reports must be presented at the port of disembarkation. A lack of proper documentation could result in worst-case scenarios of deportation or euthanasia.
Conditions of Entry for Certain “Rabies-free” Countries
All of the above regulations apply as well, but pets coming from one of the countries listed below must have been in their home country for at least 6 months immediately preceding importation to the British Virgin Islands. Additional certification must show that there has been no Rabies among unquarantined animals in the country of origin/export for the past 24 months.
The scheduled countries are currently:
- New Zealand
- Republic of Ireland
- US Virgin Islands
- United Kingdom
For more information and advice, please contact:
Department of Agriculture
Chief Agricultural Officer