Cats and dogs from the United States are required to have the following upon arrival in St. Maarten:
- A USDA veterinary health certificate should be issued maximum of 14 days prior to arrival.
- A rabies vaccination certificate, administered between 30 days and one year before travel.
Dogs and cats from Central and South America that transit through the United States are prohibited from entry into St. Maarten.
For importing animals or birds, you MUST apply for an import permit. Click here for the Application for importing birds.
CONDITIONS OF IMPORT FOR ANIMALS INTO ST. MAARTEN
1. The animal(s) – [dog(s)/cat(s)] is/are thirteen (13) weeks of age or older.
2. The animal(s) must be accompanied by a valid official International Health Certificate issued by a certified (Accredited) veterinarian and endorsed by the Official Government (Federal) Veterinarian. The International Health Certificate must be valid at the time of entry into St. Maarten.
3. The Health Certificate must attest that;
a. It/they has/have been vaccinated against Rabies with an inactivated vaccine at least 30 days but no longer than 12 months to 36 months (as registered by the manufacturer) prior to departure.
b. The dog(s) has/have adequate levels of immunity conferred by being actively immunized against the following diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Adenovirus and Coronavirus.
c. The cat(s) has/have adequate levels conferred by being actively immunized against the following diseases: Feline Leukemia, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calcivirus, Feline Panleukopenia and Feline Pneumonitis.
d. The animal(s) is/are free of internal parasites as determined by a negative fecal flotation test and should be treated within 14 days prior to departure with a registered medicine as instructed by the manufacturer. (Mention the date, time and the product used on the health certificate).
e. The animal(s) is /are free from external parasites particularly Amblyomma sp. and Boophilus sp. The animal(s) should be treated with a registered insecticide 24 to 48 hours prior to departure.
f. The animal(s) is/are free from observable cutaneous diseases.
g. The dog(s)/cat(s)/ferret(s) must be transported in (a) suitable kennel(s) according to IATA regulations.
4. The animal(s) has/have to be registered electronically with an ISO (International Standards Organization) microchip. The number must be mentioned on the health certificate.
5. The importation of dogs and cats from South and Central America (excl. Suriname) is not permitted.
6. The importation of a pit-bull terrier type dog is not permitted.
7. The animals must be presented to a licensed Veterinarian within twenty four (24) hours of arrival in St. Maarten. A copy of the Veterinary Health Certificate(s) and this Permit must be submitted to the Inspections Department TEZVT – LVV, St. Maarten.
8. THIS PERMIT IS VALID FOR ONE (1) ENTRY WITHIN ONE (1) MONTH OF THE DATE OF ISSUE.
9. ALL CERTIFICATES MUST BE IN DUTCH, ENGLISH OR ACCOMPANIED BY AN OFFICIAL TRANSLATION.
Returning to St. Maarten
Please note that if you intend to return to St. Maarten with your pet you must obtain an import permit from the ministry official veterinarian prior to export. This will allow re-entry without the need for an import permit.