Rabies Country Classification

Many countries classify other countries that they consider rabies-free / rabies controlled and adjust their pet import requirements for those countries. Information is generally based on current standings with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Rabies-Free Countries as classified by the European Union: The European Union no longer classifies any country as rabies-free. Rabies vaccinations are required for cats, dogs and ferrets entering the European Union from any country. They do classify countries as rabies-controlled (listed Third) countries.


a) Countries and Territories recognized 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.

 b) Countries and Territories recognized where rabies is well controlled:

Anguilla, Aruba, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, 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 IslandsUSA, Vatican.

Rabies-free countries as classified by Hong Kong: (6 month residency requirement): United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and Japan.

Rabies-free countries as classified by Australia: (6 month residency requirement): New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Cocos Island.

Rabies-Free Countries as classified by New Zealand: (6 month residency requirement)

Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Iceland, Japan, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Singapore and Vanautu. The Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Christmas Island, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Island, Saipan, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Wallis and Futuna and Western Samoa.

Rabies-free countries as classified by Iceland: (6 month residency requirement)

Australia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, New-Zealand, Norway (Svalbard not included), New Zealand or Sweden.

Rabies-free countries as classified by Japan:(6 month residency requirement)

Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and Guam.

Rabies-free countries as classified by South Korea:

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Rabies-free countries as classified by the United Arab Emirates: (6 months residency requirement)

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands Mauritius, Micronesia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vanuatu.

Rabies-free countries as classified by Singapore: (6 month residency requirement)

Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom.

Rabies-free countries as classified by Taiwan: (6 month residency requirement)

Japan, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Norway (not including Svalbard), Hawaii, Guam or Singapore.