Pet travel from the U.S. to Turks and Caico Islands

Pet travel from the U.S. to Turks and Caico Islands

An import permit is required for the importation of all pets into the Turks and Caicos Islands.  All imports must come to an official port of entry, and all import conditions attached to a particular commodity must be satisfied before landing clearance is given.  It is the importer’s responsibility to verify the accuracy and completeness of all import conditions before they attempt to import commodities into the Islands.  

Commodities without import permits will be returned to the country of origin.  

To obtain an import permit application form, please contact the Department of Agriculture via email, fax or mail.

Contact Information: 
Department of Agriculture 
Animal Health Services Division 
Butterfield Square 
6 Parade Avenue 
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Email: agriculture@gov.tc 
Telephone: 1.649.946.5801 - Telefax: 1.649.941.7587

To bring dogs or cats into the Turks and Caicos Islands you will need an import permit and an International Health Certificate. 

An International Health Certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS VS is required to travel with dog or cat to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • The health certificate must be signed in an ink color other than black
  • The health certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by a USDA-Accredited veterinarian.  The health certificate must then be endorsed by the USDA prior to submission of the import permit application to the Turks and Caicos.

International Health Certificate

The  import permit must be sent to Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture via email, fax or mail.  Please refer to contact information listed below.

If you wish to apply for multiple-entry and re-entry permits, please contact the Turks and Caicos Department of Agriculture.

Failure to comply with the import permit will result in the animals being refused entry, held in holding, and deported within 48 hours at the owner’s expense or be euthanized without recompense.

The Inspection Unit for Plant and Animal Health requires at least 48 hours’ notice of confirmed arrival date, time, airline/vessel number and the designated port of entry. All relevant documents must accompany all consignments of animals which must be submitted at the port of entry.

In the event that during the course of transporting the animal to the Turks and Caicos Islands, it was trans-shipped via another country and remained there for twenty-four (24) hours and over, a veterinary certificate from the Veterinary Authority or from the Quarantine Officer must be obtained stating that the said animals did not leave the quarantine area, noting the period of time in quarantine and the condition of the animal.

Contact Information:
Department of Agriculture
Animal Health Services Division
Butterfield Square
6 Parade Avenue
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Email: agriculture@gov.tc
Telephone: 1.649.946.5801 - Telefax: 1.649.941.7587

The following breeds are prohibited from entry into the islands.

PROHIBITED BREED LIST:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
    American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Perro de Presa Canario (Canary dog)
  • Fila Brasiliero


Entry of the following breeds into the Turks and Caicos is restricted.  Please contact the Turks and Caicos prior to travel if you plan to ship a dog on the following restricted breed list:

  • Appenzeller
  • Aryan Molossus
  • Bandog
  • Beauceron
  • Belgian Mastiff
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Danish Broholmer
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Great Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Korean Jindo
  • Kuvasz
  • Leonberger
  • Moscow Watchdog
  • Neopolitan Mastiff
  • Perro de Presa Mallorquin
  • Boerboel
  • Tibetan Mastiff

An import permit is required for the importation of all pets into the Turks and Caicos Islands.  All imports must come to an official port of entry, and all import conditions attached to a particular commodity must be satisfied before landing clearance is given.  It is the importer’s responsibility to verify the accuracy and completeness of all import conditions before they attempt to import commodities into the Islands. 

Commodities without import permits will be returned to the country of origin. 

To obtain an import permit application form, please contact the Department of Agriculture via email, fax or mail.

Contact Information:
Department of Agriculture
Animal Health Services Division
Butterfield Square
6 Parade Avenue
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Email: agriculture@gov.tc
Telephone: 1.649.946.5801 - Telefax: 1.649.941.7587


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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