Guam is rabies-free and has a stringent animal rabies quarantine program. If your pet is not coming from a country or area recognized by Guam as rabies-free, then your pet will have to complete commercial quarantine on Guam. Guam’s quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from the devastating problems associated with the spread of rabies. The length of that quarantine varies.
The following documents are required to clear health and quarantine:
1. Your dog or cat must have been vaccinated at least twice in its lifetime for rabies and those vaccinations must be more than 90 days apart. Depending on whether your pet was given the one year or three-year rabies vaccine, the latest vaccination must have done no less than 90 days prior to arrival in Guam.
2. Dogs must be vaccinated between 10 days and 1 year of entering Guam for the following diseases: Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Infectious Hepatitis Virus or Canine Adenovirus-2, Canine Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza, Canine Parvovirus and Canine Bordatella bronchiseptica (kennel cough). Cats must be vaccinated between 10 days and 1 year of entering Guam for the following diseases: Feline Panleukopenia Virus (feline viral enteritis), Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus-1) and Feline Calicivirus.
3. The rabies titer test must be done not more than 12 months and not less than 120 days prior to arrival in Guam. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet’s microchip prior to the titer test.) Your pet’s blood sample must be processed at Kansas State University in the US, Research Institute for Animal Science & Biochemistry & Toxicology in Japan or any laboratory approved by the European Union.
4. There are four programs and all dogs and cats, regardless of purpose or health status, are required to comply with Guam’s quarantine law, and all must obtain a valid Entry Permit prior to travel: Application for entry permit, Affidavit for export, Vaccinations, Quarantine reservation, Health certificate
5. 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.
Bringing your pets to Guam can be done with minimal hassle if you’re prepared for it. We suggest that you begin the process as early as possible. Contact one of the authorized quarantine facilities on Guam to learn about the latest requirements and begin the pet entry requirements. Since things change once in a while, they’re the best source of information.
There are two authorized animal quarantine facilities on island. The length of time your pet will be required to be quarantined will depend on how many of the requirements you can fulfill prior to arriving.
AUTHORIZED QUARANTINE FACILITIES
Harper Veterinary Hospital
Andersen Pet Lodge
Bldg 20016, Andersen AFB