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Pet travel from the U.S. to St. Kitts and Nevis

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).

IMPORTANT:  *Failure to meet the requirements of St. Kitts and Nevis will result in deportation or euthanasia of your pet. If you are shipping a pet that is too young to meet the following requirements please contact St. Kitts and Nevis to determine if your pet will be accepted and obtain the requirements your pet must meet before travel. 

Please beware that it usually takes a minimum of 60 - 90 days to complete all of the steps required to obtain the import permit for travel with a dog or cat to St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Prohibited Dog Breeds

The following dogs are not allowed to enter St. Kitts and Nevis: 

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Presa Canario
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American Bull dog

All animals to be imported into St. Kitts and Nevis must be identified with an AVID, Home Again, or an ISO-compatible electronic microchip implant. 

The microchip number must be included on all relevant documents including written application form, blood samples submitted for rabies testing and on results of the
 rabies tests.

Animals must be current on rabies vaccinations. Both 1 year and 3-year vaccines are acceptable.

Rabies vaccines given to pets less than 3 months of age are not considered valid by St. Kitts and Nevis. 

Two (2) laboratory reports with Titer results > or = 0.5 I.U./ml from the Rabies Laboratory at Kansas State University OR The Department of Pathology at Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine.  Acceptable test types: FAVN or RFFIT Note: If the animal has previously been in St. Kitts and Nevis and has been out of the country less than one year, only 1 titer is required for re-entry.

Test 1. The first titre must be taken no less than 30 days after the most recent rabies vaccine. If the result of the first titre is negative, a booster vaccine must be given and the titre repeated again in 30 days.

Test 2. The second test must be conducted not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months after the first titre. 
The testing laboratory must submit the test results directly to 

The Chief Veterinary Officer 
P. O. Box 39 
Veterinary Services 
Department of Agriculture 
Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies 
Telephone 1-869-465-2110 
Fax 1-869-465-2928. 

To be considered valid, the test results must include the number of the implanted microchip and complete description of the animal (age, sex, breed, color or color pattern etc).

NOTE: Rabies titer results must be noted on the APHIS endorsed health certificate (see step 4)

A health certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian  and endorsed by USDA APHIS within 30 days of the date of arrival. 

Parasite Treatment and Health Certificate 
Your pet must be treated for internal and external parasites by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian within 72 hours of travel.

The accredited veterinarian will then need to issue a health certificate within 72 hours of arrival into St. Kitts and Nevis. This certificate does not need to be endorsed by USDA APHIS.

NOTE: Rabies titer results must be noted on the APHIS endorsed health certificate                     

International Health Certificate (Form 7001)

Apply in writing to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for import permit. The application must include the species, name, age, sex, breed, color or color pattern and microchip number.

An import permit will be issued only after the two (2) rabies titer test results and endorsed health certificate are received. 

Application for Import Permit into the Fedreation of St. Kitts and Nevis

Your pet will have to complete a thirty-day home confinement upon arrival to St. Kits and Nevis. 

Requirements for thirty day confinement:

  1. Your pet will be visited 4 times to monitor your pet during home confinement.
  2. Dogs must be kept on approved premises, completely fenced and secure.
  3. Cats must be kept in doors at all times and all windows and doors must be screened.
  4. Dogs and cats, after inspection at the port of entry must not be removed from carrier until arrival at the place of confinement.
  5. Dog and cats must not come into contact with any other animal during confinement.
  6. Dog and cats must not be removed from the premises without permission of the Veterinary Authority. Permission will be granted for Veterinary emergencies.

Quarantine violations will result in deportation of your pet.

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 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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