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Pet travel from the U.S. to Antigua and Barbuda

This country allows USDA Accredited Veterinarians to use USDA’s online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) to complete health certificates.

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Before going to VEHCS: Scroll below this banner to view animal-specific requirements.

To process some health certificates, VEHCS may need the USDA Accredited Veterinarian to upload the completed fillable PDF version found below. Either save a copy of the PDF below, or return to this page for the health certificate, if prompted by VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, log in here if you wish to use VEHCS.
USDA Accredited Veterinarians, help with using VEHCS is available on the VEHCS Help Page. To walk yourself through issuing a health certificate in VEHCS, click here.
NOTE:The printed paper endorsed health certificate must accompany each shipment. You can arrange to have your endorsed health certificate returned via pick-up or by mail (a pre-paid, pre-addressed return label must be provided during certificate submission).

New and Returning Users, Access VEHCS HERE

Need Help? Click HERE to view step-by-step guides for using VEHCS, or contact the dedicated VEHCS Help Line

To apply for an import permit, please contact the Veterinary & Livestock Division in Antigua & Barbuda by fax (268-460-1759) or email (vld@ab.gov.ag). Send them the following information: 

  • Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination
    • Rabies vaccine must have been administered within 1 year of importation
  • Certification of Microchipping
  • Results within accepted levels of the Rabies FAVN (Antibody Titer) tested at an OIE approved Laboratory.
  • The list for other approved labs can be located at the DEFRA website.
  • Medical and Vaccination History
    • Please include results for Ehrlichia and Lyme’s Disease Testing
    • For cats, please include testing results, vaccinations and any relevant history regarding FIP, FeLV, FIV

Once this is done and after reviewing the dogs/cats medical and vaccination history an import license can be issued. Only pets with a duly issued import license will be accepted into Antigua and Barbuda.

Within seven (7) days of exportation, the animal must be treated for internal and external parasites with an approved product(s). The products should be noted on the official health certificate.

The health certificate must state that the dog/cat is in good health and free from the symptoms of communicable diseases. The certificate must be issued within seven (7) days prior to arrival into Antigua & Barbuda by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian. After issuance, the health certificate will need to be endorsed (counter-signed) by an APHIS Veterinary Services Endorsement Office.

For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.

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Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any. 

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet


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