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Country: Vanuatu

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Import requirements

1. Each animal must be accompanied by the signed declaration from the owner or exporter detailed in Appendix 1, attached.

2. Each animal must be accompanied by the International Animal Health Certificate detailed in Appendix 2, attached, signed by an official veterinarian of the exporting country.

3. Before unloading the animals on arrival, the Provisional Import Permit and the documents required in Appendices 1 and 2 will be inspected by the Veterinary Officer of the Vanuatu Livestock and Quarantine Department.

4. Animals must be consigned to Vanuatu by air as manifested cargo.

5. The actual date of embarkation and the Airline / Flight number must be advised to:

The Principal Veterinary Officer,

Vanuatu Livestock and Quarantine Department,

Private Mail Bag 9095,

Port-Vila, Vanuatu

Telephone (678) 23519, Fax: (678) 23185, E-mail :

-at the earliest opportunity and at least one working day before embarkation.

6. The animals must be transported in accordance with the recommendations for Transport of Live Animals of the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal regulations as appropriate.

7. The animals must be transported direct without contact with any animal not of equivalent certified health status, from the port of departure in the exporting country to the port of entry in Vanuatu. Trans-shipment or offloading is permissible only in Australia, New Zealand or New Caledonia. In such circumstances the animals must remain in their cages and within the confines of the airport.

8. Females in advanced pregnancy or suckling young, and weaned puppies younger than sixteen weeks of age are ineligible for importation

9. The animal(s) will be inspected and treated as necessary on arrival in Vanuatu by a Veterinary Officer and they may not leave the quarantine area of the airport until a Permit to Land (or Quarantine Order) has been issued by him/her.

10. Any animals imported into Vanuatu in contravention of any conditions of the Provisional Import Permit (of which this schedule forms a part) will be seized and may be destroyed or re-exported at the owner's expense.

11. The Provisional Import Permit is valid only for the importation/s specified in Appendix 1. Any change in details or circumstances must be notified to the Principal Veterinary Officer, who may endorse the Provisional Import Permit accordingly.

12. The Provisional Import Permit may be cancelled at any time before shipment should the animal health and quarantine status of the exporting country change.

Appendix 1


I, __________________________________________________ (BLOCK LETTERS),

the owner* / exporter of the animal described as follows:

Breed: _______________________________________________


Age: ______________________________________(years/months)


(including colour): _______________________________________

declare that:

(a) the dog is not a part or pure breed of any of the following breeds of dog, which are prohibited to be imported into Vanuatu:

  • Pit bull terrier or American pit bull
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Presa Canario.

(b) during the 30 day period immediately preceding the date of export the dog has been free from symptoms of disease and has not been in contact with any animal displaying

symptoms of disease;

(c) the dog has resided in the country of embarkation for at least six months prior to export, or since birth if less than six months of age.

Signature : ___________________________________ Date : _______________

(Owner / Exporter)*

Address : _____________________________________________________________

* Delete whichever is not applicable.

NOTE: A separate declaration must be completed for each animal being exported.

Health certificate


I, ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

being a full time Government Veterinary Officer of the exporting country hereby certify that:

1. After due enquiry I have no reason to doubt the truth of the owner's/exporter's declaration attached;

2. I have identified the dog described as follows on ……………………….………………......…(Date)



Age: _____________________________________(years/months)


(including colour):______________________________________

3. In the period of five years preceding export, rabies has not been diagnosed in animals in the country of export;

4. The dog described above was:

(a) vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis and canine parvovirus infection on:

Date: .....................................................

NOTE: 1. This date must be at least 14 days and not more than twelve months prior to export.


2. In the case of puppies receiving a primary course the final vaccination must be given at 12 weeks or older

(b) treated with an effective product for nematode internal parasites within three days of departure;

Product and Dose:___________________________ Date: ________________________

(c) treated with an effective product for cestode internal parasites within three days of departure;

Product and Dose: ___________________________ Date:________________________

(d) washed twice with an effective insecticide solution at a seven day interval, the second being within three days of departure


treated twice at least 14 days apart, within the 30 days prior to departure with an approved topical ectoparasiticide preparation capable of killing ticks, lice and fleas; the second treatment being within three days of departure;

Product and Dose: ____________________________ Date:_______________________

Product and Dose:: __________________________ Date: _______________________

(e) examined within three days of departure and found to be free of clinical signs of disease and free of all ectoparasites (especially ticks).

5. No bedding of plant or animal origin is accompanying this dog;

6. After due enquiry I am satisfied that the female is not more than six weeks pregnant.

Signature:________________________________ Date:__________________

Name and Address: _______________________________________________


NOTE: A separate certificate must be completed for each animal being exported.

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Last updated: 19/11/2021 6:25 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:40 PM