Our clients are often surprised to learn that the process of bringing a pet to Guam requires a significant amount of time and preparation. Our team of experts can provide an explanation of what this looks like, in addition to managing your pet's entire move so you don't have to navigate it alone!
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What to Know Before Bringing Dogs and Cats to Guam
Microchip and Vaccinations
Make sure your pet meets these basic requirements so you can begin the import process.
Blood Tests and Other Treatments
The timeline for travel starts with your pet's first rabies vaccine.
Any veterinarian may administer the rabies vaccines, but the titer blood draw must be performed by a USDA accredited veterinarian.
Once your pet's blood test is completed, the documentation process begins!
Quarantine and other information
If you follow our guidelines, your pet should be able to complete their quarantine in your home.
Flight Routing to Guam
Guam adheres to strict rules as to which airlines live animals can arrive on.
Guam Pet Import Requirements and Timeline
Microchip and Vaccinations
Time frame: at least 90 days before departure date.
Does your pet have records in multiple locations? Is your veterinarian properly accredited? Are all required vaccinations in line with import and export regulations? There is a lot to consider. We’ve got you covered!
Guam requires multiple vaccines and a blood test, which typically results in 3-4 vet visits, all of which we will manage. Our team also provides sample documents to help ensure everything is properly filled out and signed the first time. Our relocation coordinators manage an average of 190 vet visits per month, and stay up to date on regulatory changes so you and your vet don’t have to.
All pets entering Guam must have a microchip, two rabies vaccines, a passing TITER test, as well as other vaccinations and treatments. Read more below for specific details and requirements.
How to start the process of moving your pet to Guam
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.
Rabies Vaccination and Certificate
- Pets should be vaccinated at least twice for rabies 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.
- 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 Calicivirus
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
- Cat Enteritis (Feline Panieukopaenia)
FAVN Blood Test
Make sure testing and treatments are done on time.
To avoid a stay in commercial quarantine in Guam, make sure your pet has their vaccine and blood test done at the correct time.
Make sure strict timelines are met.
OIE-FAVN Rabies Blood Test
First, make sure your pet has a valid rabies vaccine (that is at least the second vaccine he or she has had in their life). Once that rabies vaccine is at least 30 days old, your pet will need to have their blood drawn for a rabies antibody test by an accredited veterinarian to ensure that the vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels. 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. The day the approved laboratory receives the blood sample counts as the first day for the 120-day countdown.
Military personnel can use the Food Analysis & Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Sam Houston, TX to obtain the results. All other blood samples must be sent to Kansas State University for processing.
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. KSU and DOD will then automatically send your pet’s results to Guam.
Time frame: at least 30 days after your pet's most recent first rabies vaccine.
Your veterinarian must issue two signed rabies vaccine certificates and submit the blood draw for the rabies titer test to an approved lab.
What happens if your veterinarian isn't accredited?
- Your dedicated relocation coordinator has likely already worked with an accredited vet in your area, or can recommend one.
- At this stage, we provide detailed templates for your veterinarian and answer any questions regarding the proper completion of the required form.
- It's not uncommon for a client's veterinarian to lack these required credentials for import. However, we can provide guidance with this process if they'd like to become accredited.
- Did you know about the timeline for the final vet visit? In order to avoid delays, we include this in our service with a veterinarian we know and trust with international travel preparation!
Time frame: within 10 days of departure.
Once you have your test results back, you'll need to make an appointment with a USDA accredited veterinarian within 10 days of your planned travel date.
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Obtaining An Entry Permit
Your pets must have an entry permit to avoid commercial quarantine upon arrival in Guam. To obtain this permit, you'll need to submit an original signature or carbon copies of rabies vaccination certificates for the two most recent rabies vaccinations 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.
Final Veterinary Appointment
An original health certificate, which was done within 10 days of arrival in Guam, must travel with our pet. This should include the microchip number and the date of implantation, the name of the rabies vaccination, the lot or serial number, the 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.
Quarantine and other information
Your pet should be able to complete quarantine in home
If your pet does not meet the above requirements upon entry to Guam, they will be required to complete 120 days in a state quarantine facility.
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 above requirements are completed and the Rabies FAVN blood test result is at least 1.0 IU/m.
If your pets cannot meet these requirements and pets that arrive without a valid entry permit will be subject to substantial fines and full 120-day commercial quarantine.
If Honolulu is not your destination
Flight Routing to Guam
There are limited options for flying pets to Guam from the United States, which leaves some breeds even fewer options.
Extra steps you need to take.
Due to domestic regulations, United Airlines is our preferred partner for moving pets from the continental United States to Guam. While Guam does not have banned breeds, United Airlines does not fly several breeds of dogs. If your pet is a snub-nosed breed or a traditionally aggressive breed, you may face extra challenges in relocating your pets to Guam.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Airlines has suspended its PetSafe program. Therefore, at this time we cannot relocate pets to and from Guam. There may be some exceptions if you're moving on military orders. PetRelocation is keeping an eye on this situation and will update this page as developments are made.
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