MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES
VETERINARY AND LIVESTOCK SERVICES DIVISION
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE IMPORTATION OF DOGS AND CATS
The dog/cat must be electronically identifiable, having had an acceptable
type of mirco-chip implanted. Microchips must conform to ISO standard 11784,
and reader to ISO standard 11785. If the microchip does not conform to the
standard, pet owners will need to provide their own microchip reader to
enable the microchip to be read successfully.
The Dog/Cat must be vaccinated against rabies at or over three months of age
using an inactivated and adjuvanted vaccine approved by the Veterinary
Authority of the exporting country.
A blood test to determine the rabies antibody titre must be carried out not
less than 30 days after the date the vaccination was done.
The blood sample must be sent to an approved laboratory facility. In order
to qualify for permission, the blood test must show a rabies antibody titre
equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml. The blood test reflecting successful
results must have been done not more than 24 months prior to importation.
Your pet will not be allowed entrance until 6 months have passed from the
date that your vet took the blood sample which led to a successful result.
The original copy of the laboratory result must accompany the Health
In the case of booster vaccinations, to remain qualified for entry, the
animal must have been vaccinated against rabies not less than one month and
not more than one year prior to export. If your pet has missed a rabies
booster vaccination date, it will have to be vaccinated and blood tested
again, and the 6 months wait will apply.
The Dog/Cat must be treated for endoparasites including tapeworms with an
approved broad spectrum anthelmintic, and for ectoparasites including ticks,
not less than 24 hrs and not more than 48 hrs before entry into St. Lucia.
The Dog/Cat must be accompanied by a valid Veterinary Health Certificate
issued by a Veterinary Surgeon attached to the Veterinary Authority of the
exporting country that shall also state that:
Dog has been inoculated for common disease conditions, not less than two
weeks prior to exportation: Canine Distemper, Leptospirosis,
Hepatitis/Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.
Cat has been inoculated not less than two weeks prior to exportation for
Feline Leukaemia, Feline Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline
Panleukopenia and Feline Pneumonitis.
Dog/cat must be transported by Air Freight directly into St. Lucia and should
not be in contact with any other animal on the flight except those for which
similar permit has been issued.
Please note that:
a) Arrangements for Import Permits must be made in advance of travel date.
b) Animals failing to meet Import Requirements or entering without a permit
will be refused entry or be humanely euthanized.
c) Please notify the Veterinary and Livestock Services Division of your port
of entry, date, time and flight number at least 3 days in advance of your
Chief Veterinary Officer