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Exporting and Importing of your pet

Pets Travelling to and from St. Maarten

International travel with our pets is now increasingly easier with reduction or complete abolition of quarantine provided certain formalities are fulfilled, making it more humane for both our pets and ourselves.

Keeping in mind the suitability of travelling with your pet, certain breeds of dogs and cats are banned from travelling during the hot summer months, ie. Flat nosed breeds - the airline carrier should be consulted on their specific rules. This is in the interest of the animal's welfare as flat nosed breeds are at higher risk of heat stress.

Internationally animals must be a minimum age of 4 months prior to export (this may be more depending on the country of import).

Certain breeds of dog are banned in many countries, e.g. Pit Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Toza, Fila Brasileiro and all of their crosses

Elderly animals with heart /lung/joint disease and very young animals should especially be considered and thorough examination of all age groups by a competent veterinarian should be carried out before travel. This examination should involve blood and urine testing for older animals as many early stage diseases can only be identified by these means.

Each country will have its own protocol. These may change without notification so it is always best to check with the relevant embassy on the latest requirements. Countries that are rabies free have more involved requirements to prevent introduction of this terrible disease.

Listed below are the basics to ensure your pet reaches its destination without any problems.

Exporting Pets from St. Maarten to:

Mainland Europe:

All Cats and Dogs:

1. Must be microchipped with ISO ( International Standard Organization) Microchip.

2. Must be accompanied with a Pet passport ( If available from your vet if not then a regular pet vaccination booklet). If not pet passport, then an official veterinary health certificate issued by the Official Veterinarian of the Country not older than 14 days or 2 weeks.

3. Must be vaccinated against Rabies at least 21 days before entering Europe. ( animals younger than 3 months are not allowed to travel to Europe).

4. Up to date regular vaccinations for cats and dogs.:

  • For Cats this includes vaccines against Feline Leukemia, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calcivirus, Feline Panleukopenia and Feline Pneumonitis.

  • For dogs this includes Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Adenovirus and Coronavirus for dogs.

For all other animals please email us at

USA & Canada

All Cats and Dogs:

1. All immunizing vaccinations for cats and dogs must be up to date.

2. Rabies vaccinations must be valid for all animals older than 12 weeks of age. Puppies and Kittens younger than 12 weeks will be allowed to travel provided that it is stated on the veterinary health certificate that it is too young to receive the rabies vaccination.

3. An Official Veterinary Health Certificate from a veterinarian in St. Maarten not older than 10 days old.


The majority of counties forming Asia require the following:

  1. Microchip identification (for some countries)
  2. Valid Rabies Vaccination
  3. Import permit issued by the country of Import
  4. St. Maarten Health Certificate issued within 7 days of travel


Australia & New Zealand

Both of these countries have a minimum mandatory quarantine of 30 days only if their pre-export testing procedures are fulfilled. Blood tests start at 5 months (Australia) and 6 months (New Zealand) before export. Other laboratory tests and treatments are done at specific timings.

Planning for export to these countries should start at least 7-8 months before export, as rabies vaccination must be done before blood testing to ensure adequate levels are achieved. Australia will allow testing less than 5 months before export but the quarantine time will be proportionately longer.

The Australian quarantine service recommend to AVOID vaccination for Leptospirosis (only for dogs) within 6 months of export as this can cause false positives in the blood tests and complicate the procedure. Vaccination for leptospirosis can be done after satisfactory blood results have been received. However, if your dog has been vaccinated for Leptospirosis within the 6 months to export it is not necessarily a problem.

Due to the complexity of export to Australia and New Zealand, we recommend that you contact us directly.

United Kingdom

The information below outlines what preparations your pet will need to enter the UK depending on what country you are travelling from. 
If you are entering the UK from the EU or a listed non-EU country your pet must:

  • Be identified with a microchip
  • Have received a rabies vaccination followed by a 21 day wait
  • Be accompanied by the relevant documentation
  • Be treated against tapeworm (dogs only)
  • Enter with an approved transport company on an authorized route

If you are entering the UK from an unlisted non-EU country your pet must:

  • Be identified with a microchip
  • Have received a rabies vaccination
  • Complete a blood test followed by a three month wait
  • Be accompanied by the relevant documentation
  • Be treated against tapeworm (dogs only)
  • Enter with an approved transport company on an authorized route 


Importing into St. Maarten

All Animals must have the following:

1. Been vaccinated against Rabies with an inactivated vaccine at least 30 days but no longer than 12 months to 36 months (as registered by the manufacturer) prior to departure.

2.  For specifically cats and dogs have their regular immunizing vaccines against the more common diseases such as;  Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Adenovirus and Coronavirus for dogs ; and   Feline Leukemia, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calcivirus, Feline Panleukopenia and Feline Pneumonitis for cats.

3. Must have an ISO ( international standard Organization ) Microchip or equivalent.

4.  A valid official International Health Certificate issued and endorsed by the Official Government Veterinarian( If coming from the USA must be stamped and endorsed by the USDA department) and signed by a certified veterinarian with a validity of not more than two (2) weeks.

 Further requirements are mentioned in the Application form below which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. For the requirements of other animals there are different forms for them. If there is an animal that is not covered below please contact LVV for those requirements.

Please use the email contact below for importing any animals into St. Maarten and for sending your application in.

Inspection Dept. TEZVT - Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Zoutsteeg nr. 3, Philipsburg, St. Maarten.



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