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Moving with a Pet to Antigua & Barbuda

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Planning to move to Antigua & Barbuda with your pet? Get all the vital information on required vaccinations, pet travel guidelines, and prohibited items in Antigua & Barbuda. Make your relocation process easier with this guide.

Moving to Antigua & Barbuda with a pet involves a series of regulations and requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of your animal companion. While the process may seem daunting, understanding the necessary vaccinations, paperwork, and potential quarantine measures can simplify the transition. It's not uncommon for residents to have pets in Antigua & Barbuda, but as an expat or digital nomad, it's essential to familiarize yourself with the local customs and regulations regarding pet ownership. In the following sections, we'll delve into the specifics of bringing dogs and cats into the country, prohibited pets, and the steps you need to take to ensure a smooth relocation for your furry friend.

Can I bring my dog to Antigua & Barbuda?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Antigua & Barbuda, but you must comply with the country's import requirements. This includes having up-to-date vaccinations, particularly against rabies, and obtaining a Veterinary Health Certificate. Additionally, your dog may be subject to quarantine upon arrival, depending on its country of origin and health status. It's crucial to check the latest regulations before planning your move.

Can I bring my cat to Antigua & Barbuda?

Similar to dogs, cats are also allowed entry into Antigua & Barbuda, provided they meet the necessary health and vaccination criteria. A valid Veterinary Health Certificate and proof of rabies vaccination are typically required. Quarantine for cats is also a possibility, and the duration will depend on the assessment of the veterinary authorities at the port of entry.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda may have restrictions on certain breeds of dogs and other exotic or non-domestic animals. It's important to consult with the Antigua & Barbuda Veterinary and Livestock Division to get a comprehensive list of prohibited pets and breeds to avoid any complications upon arrival.

How do I bring my pet to Antigua & Barbuda?

To bring your pet to Antigua & Barbuda, you must start by ensuring your pet is microchipped and has received all required vaccinations, including rabies. Obtain a Veterinary Health Certificate from a licensed veterinarian, and apply for an Import Permit from the Veterinary and Livestock Division. The permit typically has a validity period, so time your application accordingly. Be prepared for the possibility of quarantine and familiarize yourself with the associated costs and conditions.

Upon Arriving in Antigua & Barbuda

After your pet has arrived in Antigua & Barbuda, you may need to register your pet and obtain a local license. Finding a veterinarian for ongoing care is crucial, and you can seek recommendations from other expats or locals. While dog parks are not as common as in some other countries, there are plenty of natural spaces to enjoy with your pet. The attitude towards dogs and cats is generally positive, but it's always good practice to respect local customs and leash laws. Integrating into the community with your pet will be a rewarding experience as you both adjust to the beautiful surroundings of Antigua & Barbuda.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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