Cayman is a great place to bring your furry friends, but the process to import one is quite lengthy. Therefore, it is highly advised to begin the process with your animals as soon as possible. All pets entering the island must have an import permit that was issued by the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture (DOA). Contact the DOA for application forms at 345-947-3090 or by email: email@example.com. Applications can be submitted up to six months in advance of travel. The requirements to obtain a permit are as follows:
- Complete application form
- Ensure your pet has a microchip which is ISO compliant, and provide proof of the implant date
- Up-to-date routine and rabies vaccinations
- Having a rabies titre test performed
- Tick and tapeworm treatments performed and proof documented
- Within 14 days of travel, you must obtain an Official Veterinary Health Certificate
- Payment of CI$50 to process your application
The Cayman Islands are rabies-free and aims to stay this way. For animals being imported from countries that have rabies, there is a wait of at least two months from when they are rabies titre tested (and gain a successful result) before they can travel.
It is highly recommended that you submit an application well in advance of travel and follow the DOA’s instructions closely. You can also consider utilizing local pet travel brokers to walk you through the process. An up-to-date list of brokers can be provide by the DOA.
Upon arrival in Cayman, all incoming animals and their paperwork will be inspected closely. Failure to meet all requirements can lead to the pet being put down or returned to the country of origin. It is important to note that there are no pet detention or quarantine facilities.
Restricted Breeds & Countries of Origin
In accordance with the Animals Law, no animal of any description may be directly imported into Cayman from any country in Asia, Africa, or Central and South America.
It is also important to note that certain breeds or crosses of such breeds are prohibited from entry in Cayman. Breeds include but are not limited to: pit bull terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brazileiro, Japanese Tosa, and any breed of dog or cross-breed of dog whose breeding lineage was for primary purpose of dog fighting. It is recommended that to reach out to DOA for a complete list of banned breeds or more information.
Traveling with Pets
All animals must travel in a leak proof, International Air Transport Association specification carrier. The container must allow enough room for the animal to move around unhindered and all paperwork should be attached to the carrier. It is recommended that you travel with spare copies of all paperwork and carry it with you.
If you are flying with Cayman Airways, you will be charged between US$100-$125 for reach pet. The maximum weight allowed, including the container, is 99 pounds.
If you plan to fly via a different airline, it is recommended that you contact their team or website for their pet travel fees and policies.
Upon arrival in Cayman, airport agents will likely need to see your animal outside of its container and scan for its microchip. All dogs staying in Cayman longer than 30 days must be licensed with the DOA.
Pet Relocation Services
If importing your pet seems too difficult and stressful, there are a few local companies who can work with you throughout the process!
- Pack Pet and Go provides over 15 years of pet relocation experience, various travel services,