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Pets to Bring into Curacao

Curaçao adheres to the EU regulations which has harmonised its regulations in accordance with the EU regulation regarding international travel with dogs, cats and ferrets.

Note: Pit Bull terriers (and any pit bull terrier cross breeds) are not allowed into .

The Curaçao veterinary certificate signed by your veterinary doctor must include the following information:

country of dispatch of the animal;
owner/responsible person accompanying the animal including their name, address, country and telephone number;
description of the animal including the species, breed, sex, date of birth, coat (colour and type);
identification of the animal either a microchip number or tattoo number, location of microchip/ tattoo and date of micro chipping/ tattooing;
rabies vaccination information including the manufacturer and name of vaccine, batch number, date of the vaccination and expiration date of the vaccine.

The EU form of the veterinary certificate is then certified by the State USDA veterinarian. Once signed by the veterinarian and endorsed by the competent authority, the certificate is valid for four months, or until the expiration date of the vaccination, whichever comes first.

The United States, Canada and the EU countries are included in Annex II EC regulation 998/2003, which means that both countries are considered low risk regions for rabies. Other countries that are considered low risk rabies regions are:

Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino Vatican, Ascension, Antigua en Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles, Australia Aruba, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Fiji , Falkland Islands, Croatia Jamaica, Japan, Saint Kitts en Nevis, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Mauritius New-Caledonia, New-Zealand, French Polynesia, Saint-Pierre en Miquelon Singapore, Sint-Helena, United States of Americano Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vanuatu, Wallis and Tutuna, Mayotte

Territories of the EU-member states – Greenland, Faro Islands, The Balaeren, The Canaries (without Ceuta and Melilla), French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique en Reunion, Gibraltar, de Azores, Madeira.

Dogs, cats and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies. The first vaccination is valid 21 days after the vaccination protocol has been finished. Also the rules regarding the frequency of the rabies vaccination have changed: the rabies shot will have to be repeated either annually or every two years in accordance with the type of vaccine used.

Dogs, cats and ferrets less then 12 weeks old are permitted to travel to Curaçao without prior inoculation against rabies (however the pet does need the chip or tattoo). In addition, the animal must travel with a statement from a veterinary doctor, which declares that the animal resided at the birthplace until travel date and has not been in contact with any animals possibly infected with rabies.

For travel to Curaçao with your dog, cat, or ferret, a tick treatment or a echinococcus treatment is not required.

Note: The above requirements apply to dog, cats and ferrets, travelling with their owner/ care taker. Any dog, cat or ferret travelling alone is considered commercial trade, and is subject to an additional requirement.





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