Moving Your Pet to Fiji
When transporting pets to Fiji, know that this process is quite detailed and will take several weeks to carry out. Fiji is a rabies free country with strict rules when it comes to importing dogs, cats, and other animals, so specific paperwork and a series of vet visits and vaccines will be needed.
Bringing pets to Fiji also requires following standard pet transport best practices like crate training your pet, choosing a pet friendly airline, and talking to your vet if you have any health-related questions or concerns. Be aware that sedation during flight is not allowed, but crate acclimation can help pets enjoy a low stress flight.
Read on to find out more about shipping pets to Fiji and contact a PetRelocation Specialist if you're interested in hiring some assistance.
Relocation Info According to Species
Regulations for Importing Pets to Fiji
Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.
Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.
An Import Permit must be obtained from the CEO, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji before a pet can be brought into Fiji. The original Import Permit must accompany the pet. All the conditions listed in the Health Certificate, Veterinary Certificate A and Veterinary Certificate B must be fulfilled. The pet must have lived at least 6 months outside of quarantine restrictions in the mainland US.
Each pet being imported into Fiji must be accompanied by:
- The Health Certificate
- Veterinary Certificate A signed by a registered veterinarian in mainland US and/or endorsed by a USDA veterinarian in mainland US.
- Veterinary Certificate B signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian.
- Copies of Veterinary Certification from the pet’s country of origin including laboratory results of all tests are required.
Each page of Veterinary Certificate A, the laboratory reports, and the vaccination certificates must be stamped with an Official USDA Stamp and be endorsed by the USDA veterinarian who completes Veterinary Certificate B.
Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titer Test [RNATT]
This laboratory test must be done between 60 days and 12 months prior to export. As this test measures your pet’s antibody response to the rabies vaccination, it should be done at least four weeks after the rabies vaccination This enables your pet to produce sufficient antibodies to record a positive result. The date that the blood is drawn for the RNATT will determine the amount of time your pet must stay in quarantine in Fiji.
Dogs must have been vaccinated against distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus at least thirty days and not more than twelve months prior to export to Fiji. The vaccination certificates or copies endorsed by an Official USDA Veterinarian must be attached to Veterinary Certificates A.
Cats must have been vaccinated against feline enteritis, feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus at least thirty days and not more than twelve months prior to export to Fiji. The vaccination certificates or copies endorsed by an Official USDA Veterinarian must be attached to Veterinary Certificate A.
Additional vaccines and parasite treatments for dogs and cats may be needed—check with your PetRelocation Specialist to find out more.
Post Entry Quarantine
Provided all import requirements have been met and the quarantine fees have been paid, there will be a mandatory minimum period of 30 days quarantine at the government Post Entry Quarantine station at Koronivia.
Afterwards, pets will be on home quarantine with a veterinary examination required every 10 days for up to six months post departure from the mainland US, followed by a ninth month inspection and a final one 12 months after export (i.e. entry into Fiji), for the purpose of rabies monitoring and surveillance.
The following breeds of dogs are prohibited from importation into Fiji:
- Dogo argentino
- Fila Brazileiro
- Japanese tosa
- Pit Bull terriers, including American Pit Bull terriers
- Mixes of any of the above
The following breeds/hybrids of cats are prohibited from importation into Fiji:
- Serval Cats (Leptailurus serval or Felis serval)
- Savannah Cats of the F1-F5 Generation
- Mixes of any of the above