Turks and Caicos Pet Travel Information
You must obtain approval before attempting to bring any animal into the Turks and Caicos Islands. You are advised to complete this process with the Environmental Health Department (EHD) and receive your Import Permit at least two weeks before travel.
Caring for your pet
We have two licensed veterinarian practices on the island. All supermarkets sell a wide range of dog and cat food, with a small selection for other species.
Certain things should be noted, such as to NEVER leave your pet in a car, even with the windows down. As you will soon notice, cars parked, especially in the sun, become inhabitable after about 5 minutes with the air conditioning off, and any animals left in the car will soon die.
For those bringing pets, be advised there is a feral dog problem on most islands. Essentially, there are packs of wild, scavenging dogs, and these will attack and kill any cats or smaller dogs they encounter. This is generally not an issue in the Grace Bay area, but wild dogs can be seen anywhere.
Despite being the law, many dog owners in the Turks and Caicos do not keep their animals on leads, and instead have them freely roaming. In addition, many owners do not keep animals on their property, and instead allow them to roam throughout the neighborhood, generally being a nuisance.
It's common for pet dogs (along with feral dogs) to attack and kill pet cats, including many instances involving visitors' pet cats.
- A valid veterinary certificate from your country of origin. If this document is not in English, it must be translated and notarized.
- A completed import application (must be submitted and approved at least one week prior to travel).
- A fee of $50 to be paid upon arrival in the country (per animal).
The following breeds are prohibited from entry into the islands.
- Dogo Argentino
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- American Bulldog
- Japanese Tosa
- Canary dog
- Perro de Presa Canario
- Fila Brasileiro