Guam Pet Import Rules and Requirements
Even though Guam is considered a United States territory, there are much stricter rules to follow in comparison to mainland USA to successfully import a dog or cat. This is because Guam is considered a rabies-free territory so the requirements are designed to protect their ecosystem and residential animals from the spread of disease.
Although it may be difficult, it is not impossible to import a dog or a cat to Guam. With plenty of planning time and careful consideration of the requirements, your pet may be eligible for home quarantine in Guam.
Read on below to learn more about the steps to bringing a cat or dog to Guam safely, and feel free to contact a PetRelocation Specialist if you find yourself getting lost.
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Regulations for Importing Pets to Guam
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 or your PetRelocation Specialist.
Requirements for Calculated Quarantine in Guam
All of the following steps must be completed and your pet must have a Rabies FAVN blood test result of at least 0.5 IU/ml and less than 1.0 IU/ml in order for your pet to qualify for calculated quarantine—meaning if the full 120-day period is not completed prior to arrival in Guam, your pet will serve the difference in the quarantine facility upon arrival. If your pet does not meet any of these requirements, then they will have to undergo quarantine for up to 120 days.
Due to the minimum amount of time needed to prepare a puppy or kitten to meet the requirements, a puppy or kitten will be about 10 months of age by the time all preparations are completed. Request for entry will only be accepted for puppies and kittens that are at least 9 weeks of age. Puppies and kittens not able to meet all of the requirements for calculated quarantine will be quarantined for 120 days.
Home Quarantine for Pets in Guam
Home quarantine for 120 days upon arrival is allowed for pets coming from the United States or an overseas United States military installation if all below requirements are completed and the Rabies FAVN blood test result is at least 1.0 IU/ml.
Pets should be vaccinated with an approved monovalent inactivated rabies vaccine at least twice in their lifetime. These rabies vaccines should be administered more than 30 days apart. The most recent rabies vaccination should be done no more than 12 months prior to the date of arrival in Guam for a 1-year rabies vaccine, or no more than 36 months prior to the date of arrival for a 3-year rabies vaccine (given in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions). The most recent rabies vaccination must not be expired when pet arrives in Guam. The date and type of vaccine must be indicated on the pet’s vaccination and health certificate.
The following vaccinations are required to be given not less than 10 days and not more than 1 year prior to arrival in Guam.
- Canine Distemper
- Canine Infectious Hepatitis or Adenovirus-2
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Leptospirosis
- Canine Parainfluenza
- Canine Bordetella
- Feline Calcivirus
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
- Cat Enteritis (Feline Panieukopaenia)
Pets must have an electronic microchip implanted (required before an OIE-FAVN rabies blood test is performed). The microchip must be scanned by your veterinarian to verify that it is working and that the microchip number is correct on all documentation. If the pet cannot be identified by scanning the microchip, they will not qualify for calculated quarantine and will undergo the 120 day period upon arrival.
OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test
This Rabies Antibody test should take place no more than 12 months and no less than 120 days before the date of arrival in Guam. Blood test results must be greater than or equal to 0.5 IU/ml. You must have a copy of the successful blood test results showing the pet’s microchip number. Make sure your veterinarian lists “Guam” as the destination on the blood test submission form. The day the approved laboratory receives the blood sample counts as the first day for the 120-day countdown. Afterwards, the laboratory will need to submit test results directly to the Animal Quarantine Program at the Department of Agriculture for approval.
Original health certificate in English, which was done within 10 days of arrival in Guam, including the microchip number and the date of implantation, the name of the rabies vaccination, the lot or serial number, expiration date of the lot, and the date the rabies was given.
Pets must be treated for ticks with a product containing Fipronil or an equivalent, long-acting product (Revolution is not acceptable) within 14 days of arrival and the product name and date of treatment should be recorded on the health certificate.
Obtaining Approval for Entry
Original signature or carbon copies of rabies vaccination certificates for the two most recent rabies vaccinations must be sent with an application for entry permit to the Department of Agriculture. Certificates must contain:
- Vaccine name
- Lot or serial number
- Booster interval
- Vaccination date
- Expiration date
The Department of Agriculture recommends sending documents 2-3 months prior to arrival to ensure there is enough time for review. Also, keep in mind that all original documents will need to travel with your pet to Guam so you will need to allow time for the return of the documents.
Fee payments accepted by cashier’s check or money order only (pet’s microchip number must be included with payment), payable to: “Treasurer of Guam”
$5/pet license per licensed year
Documents must be sent to:
Department of Agriculture
Animal Health Section
163 Dairy Road
Mangilao, Guam 96913
Do not send each document separately. Send all documents in as a set.
If you send documents by mail do so with return receipt to verify delivery, or by another overnight carrier that provides tracking.
You must provide the health certificate and all original documents upon arrival in Guam. Failure to bring the original health certificate and rabies certificates (photocopies not acceptable), will prevent your pet from being released.
Keep copies of the necessary documents (health certificate, rabies vaccination records, and blood test results) to accompany your pet as backup.