Pet Travel to Cuba

All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

This document should also be translated into Spanish which is the official language in Cuba. Translation should be done prior to governmental endorsement

Cuba does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:

  • Proof of current rabies vaccination administered at least 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to entry.
  • Veterinary Certificate for Cuba completed by a licensed veterinarian shortly prior to entry. It is recommended that a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian complete the APHIS Form 7001 and endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If traveling from another country, the responsible Governing Authority for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
  • A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
  • Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Cuba. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Cuba.  If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES). If so, you will need to apply for additional permits.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.