Traveling with Pets

St. Maarten requires new “visa” entry for bringing your pets to the island.

For those of you planning to bring your doggies to Sint Maarten, here’s a checklist on how to get your pets here.
Disclaimer: These steps are for animals leaving the USA. Please verify all information and requirements with your airline, state/country veterinary services, and your local vet.

The documentation for airline travel to Sint Maarten:

  1. Obtain an International Health Certificate – your vet does a physical exam, fills this form out, then signs it. You have TEN DAYS from the day your vet signs this document to travel by airline.
  2. Once signed by your vet, you must overnight the International Health Certificate and a copy of the Rabies Certificate to your state’s USDA office and they will sign it. Include a prepaid overnight envelope so they can send it back to you in a timely manner.
  3. Once the certificate is signed by the USDA and returned to you, immediately email this and an “Application to Import” to Mervyn Butcher at The application to import can be found at this website:
  4. Upon approval, Mr. Butcher will send you an Import Permit via email within 2-3 business days.
  5. At the airline present the following documentation: International Health Certificate, Import Permit, Rabies Certificate, and Statement of Weather Acclimation (needed if temperatures are below 45 F or above 85 F at any origin and/or destination on the day of travel. You can get this document from your vet).

You’ll notice that there is a lot to do in a very short period of time, so adequate planning is paramount. There is very little room for error in this process.

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