Pet Passport Curacao
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Curacao
Curacao does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:
- Curacao requires that your dog or cat be microchipped with a 15 digit ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- Your dog or cat must be vaccinated against rabies and other diseases between 30 days and 12 months (or 36 months for the 3 year vaccine) prior to entry to Curacao.
- Within two (2) weeks of entry, Curacao Veterinary Certificate is endorsed by the State USDA (if traveling from the United States) or CFIA (if traveling from Canada) veterinarian. If you are traveling from another country, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse your forms.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
- Within 14 days of travel, your pet will need a treatment for ticks and tapeworms.
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.
Dogs and cats are not permitted to enter Curacao from Central or South American countries with the exception of Suriname.
Dogs, cats and ferrets less then 12 weeks old are permitted to travel to Curacao without prior inoculation against rabies (however the pet does need the microchip or tattoo). In addition, the animal must travel with a statement from a veterinarian, 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.
Breed Restrictions: Pit Bulls and their mixes are not permitted to enter Curacao. Pets from South and Central America (excluding Suriname) are also not permitted.
Commercial Import: The above requirements apply to dog, cats and ferrets, traveling with their owner / care taker. Any dog, cat or ferret traveling alone is considered commercial trade, and is subject to an additional requirement:- commercial animals and pets traveling unaccompanied must have been clinically examined by a USDA endorsed veterinarian within 24 hours before departure to Curacao and must travel with a health certificate which states the date and time of the examination.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Curacao it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Curacao. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Curacao. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a
turtle or parrot, you should verify that
it is not protected under the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Curacao. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.GOT QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS??? You can post them directly to our Facebook page, blog, forum or just enter them below. We will respond as soon as we can.