Pet travel from the U.S. to Aruba

Pet travel from the U.S. to Aruba

As of October 7th, 2016, Aruba requires additional certification statements for New World Screwworm, which have been added to the health certificate available below (Step 4).

AVID brand or ISO compatible microchips are required 
- If your pet has a microchip type other than an AVID or ISO compatible chip, your pet must travel with a microchip scanner capable of reading your pet’s microchip

  • Pets that will be under 3 months of age at the time they travel to Aruba do not need to be vaccinated for rabies.
    • A statement reading, “too young for rabies vaccination” should be included on the health certificate.
  • Pets over 3 month of age must be vaccinated against rabies and travel with a rabies vaccination certificate that contains the following information:
    • Name, lot number, and expiration date of the vaccine
    • Date of current vaccination (must be given at least 1 month prior to traveling to Aruba)
    • Name, address, phone number and signature of the veterinarian that gave the rabies vaccination  
  • The dog/cat must have been in the United States continuously for the 6 months preceding the date of export OR
  • If the dog/cat is younger than 6 months, it must have been born and lived continuously in the United States at the date of export OR
  • Written exemption from the above by the Head of the Veterinary Service of Aruba
    • The Veterinary Service of Aruba may be reached by telephone at: +297 5850400; by FAX at: +297 5851828 or email vetservice@aruba.gov.aw.
  • Must be issued within 2 weeks (14 days) of arrival into Aruba by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian
  • After issuance, the Health certificate will need to be endorsed (counter-signed) by an APHIS VS Service Center
Health certificate for Dogs and Cats
  • The health certificate and related documentation must be approved by the Director of the Veterinary Service of Arubabefore the animals are shipped to Aruba.
    • The Veterinary Service of Aruba may be reached by telephone at: +297 5850400; by FAX at: +297 5851828 or email vetservice@aruba.gov.aw.

To take your pet bird to Aruba you will need the following:

  • CITES-listed birds must be bred in captivity (not wild-caught) and have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian.
  • In order to import pet birds into Aruba, you must have your pet bird’s health certificate and related documentation approved by the Director of the Veterinary Service of Aruba before the animals are shipped to Aruba.
    • The Veterinary Service of Aruba may be reached by telephone at: +297 5850400; by FAX at: +297 5851828 or email vetservice@aruba.gov.aw.

Requirements for sending exotic pets to Aruba:

  • You will have to obtain an import permit for your exotic pet to determine what will be required for it to travel to Aruba.
    • To apply for an import permit, contact: The Veterinary Service of Aruba by telephone at +297 5850400, by FAX at +297 5851828, or e-mail vetservice@aruba.gov.aw
  • Aruba considers the following when evaluating import permits for exotic animals that do not naturally occurring on the island:

1. The intrinsic value of the animal should not be jeopardized. 
2. Public health should not be endangered in any way. 
3. The risk of the animal being/becoming an invasive species must be zero.

  • You must have your exotic pet’s health certificate and/or related documentation approved by the Director of the Veterinary Service of Aruba before the animals are shipped to Aruba.
    • The Veterinary Service of Aruba may be reached by telephone at: +297 5850400; by FAX at: +297 5851828 or email vetservice@aruba.gov.aw.

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.

Country of destination contact information:  


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 about APHIS’ role in international health certificate endorsement.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet


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