Regulations regarding pets in Trinidad and Tobago

All animals and animal products entering Trinidad and Tobago must do so under the conditions of an import permit, which must be applied for well in advance of travel to Trinidad and Tobago. Persons should be aware that it might take several months for pets to qualify for entry into Trinidad and Tobago.

There are three categories of entry for dogs and cats into Trinidad and Tobago.

  1. Direct entry without quarantine.

  2. Entry with 6 months quarantine.

  3. Entry with at least 1 month quarantine.

Direct entry without quarantine

Dogs and cats from the following countries are allowed direct entry into Trinidad and Tobago without having to go into quarantine or to have rabies vaccination or serum antibody testing: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Dominica Great Britain (United Kingdom), Jamaica, Luxemburg, Malta, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Sweden (click here for more information from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources website).

To import a pet without quarantine these are the steps you must take:

  • To qualify for this category of entry animals must either be

    • resident in one of the countries listed for the 6 months immediately prior to entry into Trinidad and Tobago

    • or born in and never left one of the countries listed.

  • Apply for an import permit well before planned travel.

  • Ensure that you have an import permit before entering Trinidad.

  • Have your animal micro-chipped with a universal microchip.

  • Ensure that you have all the necessary documents, as indicated on the import permit, before traveling.

  • Notify the Veterinary Officer, Quarantine, Veterinary Services, telephone 868 662 5986 at least 48 hours before the scheduled time of arrival.

Entry with at least one month quarantine.

Dogs and cats originating from the following countries now have an option for reduced quarantine of thirty (30) days: Austria, Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Falkland Islands, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Macau, Peninsular Malaysia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba, Portugal, Reunion, Sabah, Sarawak, Seychelles, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Untied Arab Emirates, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay. If you wish to take advantage of the reduced quarantine regulations (30 days) click here to see the steps you should take from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources website).

An application form (obtainable from the Chief Veterinary Officer’s Office) must be filled out and submitted to the Chief Veterinary Office at least five months in advance (click to view form and regulation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources website).

Quarantine kennels are usually fully booked. Application with the recommended time period does not guarantee a space in quarantine. A permit will only be issued when quarantine space become available. Persons must not travel toTrinidad and Tobago with their pets unless an import permit is obtained prior to travel. Pets that arrive without a permit will be re-exported at the owner’s expense or destroyed. The cost of the import permit is $10.00TT.

For further information contact the office of the Chief Veterinary Officer at:

Telephone: 868 625-5997; 625-1473
Fax: 868 625-5993
Email: aphmalmr@tstt.net.tt

Entry with at least 6 months quarantine.

Cats and dogs from all other countries (not listed in either of the categories above) must be quarantined for at least 6 months in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources’ Dog and Cat Quarantine Station at Havelock St. Curepe, Trinidad. An application form (obtainable from the Chief Veterinary Officer’s Office) must be filled out and submitted to the Chief Veterinary Office at least five months in advance (click to view form and regulations from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources website).

Quarantine kennels are usually fully booked. Application with the recommended time period does not guarantee a space in quarantine. A permit will only be issued when quarantine space become available. Persons must not travel to Trinidad and Tobago with their pets unless an import permit is obtained prior to travel. Pets that arrive without a permit will be re-exported at the owner’s expense or destroyed. The cost of the import permit is $10.00TT.

For further information contact the office of the Chief Veterinary Officer at:

Telephone: 868 625-5997; 625-1473
Fax: 868 625-5993
Email: aphmalmr@tstt.net.tt

Steps to be taken

  • Apply for quarantine space at least five (5) months before planned travel.

  • Ensure that you have an import permit before entering Trinidad.

  • Have your animal micro-chipped with a universal microchip.

  • Ensure that you have all the necessary documents, as indicated on the import permit, before traveling.

  • Notify the Veterinary Officer, Quarantine, Veterinary Services, telephone 868 662 5986 at least 24 hours before the scheduled time of arrival.

Fishing Vessel (complete) Duty Free Importation

Apply for a recommendation from the Fisheries Division for a Minister’s License (Minister License for Duty free exemptions are prepared by the Ministry of trade and Industry). Duty Free entry & VAT exemption for farmers, retail distributor & Government Agencies.

Aquarium Fish

Apply in writing to Fisheries Division, 35, Cipriani Boulevard Newton, Port of Spain.

Horses

Click to view application form for horses requiring quarantine detention from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources website).


Insecticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Anti- sprouti

Apply in writing to the Chief Technical Officer. Brochure of items being requested must accompany application. Duty Free entry & VAT exemption for farmers, retail distributors and Government Agencies.

The following services can be accessed by applying in writing to the Chief Technical Officer.

  • Hand tools for use in agriculture, Horticulture or Forestry.

  • Appliances for Agriculture or Horticulture

  • Machinery parts for Agriculture and Horticulture

  • Harvesting or threshing machinery, including straw.

  • Poultry and bee keeping machinery, incubators, etc.

  • Tractors for use in agriculture

  • Field crates, picking bags and juice preservatives

  • Medicinal preparations, biological products and drugs

  • Vitamin preparations for livestock

  • Equipment and material including curing units

  • Other goods as intended solely for use for approved agricultural purposes.

Food-Producing Animals

Apply to Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) in writing, by phone, in person or via e mail (Cattle, pigs, goats, sheep and rabbits). Cost - $10.00

Live Day Old Poultry (chicks, poults, ducklings, goslings, etc.)

Apply to Agricultural Planning Division (APD) in writing, Present approval from APD to CVO. Cost – $10.00

Wild Animals and Non-domesticated Birds

Apply to Wild Life Section, Forestry Division St. Joseph for Convention on international Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) certificate in writing. Cost - $10.00

Poultry Carcasses (Commercial quantities)

Present the original export certificate of wholesomeness from the authorized certifying agency of the Ministry of Agriculture from the exporting country to the Agricultural Planning Division’s (Head Office, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Marine Resources) office for approval. Present original export certificate of wholesomeness from the authorized certifying agency of the Ministry of Agriculture from the exporting country to the Chief Veterinary Officer’s Office – (comminuted chicken, chicken parts, whole turkey, duck, etc.) Cost - $10.00

Bees, Bee Products and Supplies

Apply in writing to the inspector of Apiaries, Farm Road, Curepe.

Queen bees - Quarantine Services

Apply through the Inspector of Apiaries, Farm Road, Curepe.

Milk Machines, Dairy Machines and Darts

Apply in writing to the Chief Technical Officer’s Office

Live Poultry and/or Eggs at Ports of Entry

Provide flight information to the Poultry Surveillance Unit (PSU) and National Animal Disease Centre (NADC), Centeno, by telephone or in person. A clear 48-hours notice prior to arrival must be given to the PSU. Landing permit is issued by the inspector at the port of entry.

Live Animal Inspection at Ports of Entry – Landing

Provide flight information to the vet Officer, Quarantine by telephone or in person. Notice must be given (28-48 hours) to the PSU prior to arrival. Contact them at 642-0063/4 Landing permit issued by the inspector at the port of entry. Inspection fees: (a) horse - $20.00 each; (b) donkey, cattle, mule - $10.00/ each; (c) sheep, goat and pig - $ 5.00 - $50.00 maximum; (d) dog and cat - $10.00/ each N.B. Fees are payable to Customs after the landing permit is obtained. Overtime fees (payable to the inspector) are described as the

Monday – Friday (4:00 – 10:00 pm) $50.00 for one animal or consignment of birds, $20.00 for each additional animal, other than horses and food producing animals and $50.00 for each additional horse. (There is no charge for additional food producing animals). 10:00 pm – 6:00 am - $75.00 for one animal or consignment of birds, $20.00 for each additional animal, other than horses and food producing animals and $50.00 for each additional horse.

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays – $75.00 for one animal or consignment of birds, $20.00 for each additional animal, othe than horses and food producing animals and $50.00 for each additional horse.

(There is no charge for additional food producing animals)

Accessories and Equipment for Fishing Industry

Apply to Fisheries Division, 35, Cipriani Boulevard Newton, Port of Spain .
 

 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

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