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Fiji

As I write this post, it has just come to my attention from Sanne Lemmers who successfully imported her dog Heros to Fiji says as of June 2023 that Dogs and Cats are no longer accepted for import into Fiji via private sailing Vessel -- Only by air.


That being said, our experience in September 2022 may be of some help as Logan was bonded on board for the 2 months we were there.

I am under the impression, having talked to some of the vets and bio security, that importing pets on vessels is just too much work for the agents-- and it is easier to simply say, no

animals allowed from sailing vessel (which means you could potentially fly the pet there).


As always, it is so important to contact the countries government BEFORE travel. Make sure you have contacted agriculture, biosecurity and customs. You will find in the smaller countries (and even big ones) they are not all on the same page as to what the rules are. Make sure to have everything in writing and COPY everyone!

Head on over to their Website for the most up to date information


Our Experience

Since we only had a 3 month visa in French Polynesia, we were unable to successfully import him to Fiji (we needed to get there to get a replacement boom). Fiji can be a difficult place to import a dog if they have not lived in the South Pacific for more than 6 months—and even if they have, you have to get the right people on your side. We spoke to biosecurity and the BAF veterinarians, but there was no work around. He would have to be bonded on board ($1500FJD) for the entirety of our stay.

Being bonded on board meant that we had to have a one week check in with the biosecurity team ($27FJD). We also had to share our position and let them know of all of our movements and plans each week.


If you decided to go to Fiji and are not able to import your pet, I highly suggest not hauling out for maintenance. If you are to haul out, you must put your animal in a quarantine facility for the duration of the haul out.


A great part about the Vuda/Denarau area is there is a non profit veterinarian called "Animals Fiji". Their vet will actually come to you boat (for a fee of course)--but

we found this worth it as we were going to be importing Logan into New Zealand.


Animals Fiji Nadi clinic & Head Office

Dr. Ash: he is GREAT (but not a fan of boats)

Front Desk: Sai

Whats App: (+679) 993-6647


BAF Veterinary Information

Dr. Bandara bandara@baf.com.fj <--This is who I spoke to

Shaneel Kumar shaneelk@baf.com.fj

Dr. Keresi Lomata Keresi.lomata@baf.com.fj

Chaminda Dissanayakechaminda@baf.com.fj


Importing Animals into Fiji (again, I believe this is no longer possible on a sailing vessel)


As per BAF's Import requirement particular on " Residency", The dog must have been continuously resident in French Polynesia since birth or for at least six (6) months prior to export and must not have been in quarantine or under quarantine restriction during the thirty days immediately preceding export.


Therefore particular dog origin of USA eligible for the official import permit once the dog lived in French Polynesia for minimum of 6 months ONLY. There are other import requirement needs to be fulfilled prior to departing from French Polynesia once the import permit issued by BAF.


cat(s) and/or dog(s) in Fiji’s territorial waters. Cat(s) and/or dog(s) will be required to remain secured on-board the vessel at all times while in Fiji’s territorial waters and will not be permitted to come ashore.

· Animals coming from rabies free countries will only be allowed to cruise during the bonding period. The animals origin of Pacific Island Countries (PICs) coming from PICs need to provide country of origin certificate with other documents. However, animals origin of other rabies free countries require vaccination certificate against rabies and Rabies Neutralizing Antibody Titer Test (“RNATT”) results with other necessary documents to provide assurance. BAF Veterinary team will assess the document and will approve cruising if provided documents are satisfactory. The

· An on-board Bonding form/ certificate must be obtained from BAF for bonding of any

· Must provide location status through the yacht surveillance notification system.

· Animals coming from rabies countries will not be allowed to cruise during the bonding period without approval.

· BAF approved bond fee must be paid which serves as a security (bond) against the live animals on board and will be refunded upon departure from Fiji if bond conditions are not breached. If the importer fails to meet bond requirements, the cat(s) and/or dog(s) will be euthanized or the vessel will be ordered to leave Fiji waters immediately. Further, the importer/owner will be fined according to the Biosecurity Act 2008.

· BAF’s Veterinarian, or BSO at station level, will undertake inspections and monitoring of the animal(s). Duration of monitoring will vary based on the animal’s country of origin. The vessel will only be allowed to stay in Fiji for a maximum of three months.

· All bonded animals will be monitored daily by a BSO if the animal(s) are imported from a rabies country and weekly monitoring will be done if the animal(s) are from a rabies free country. BAF fees and charges are applicable for the monitoring and inspection of bonded animals. If the animal(s) are found not to have a Biosecurity Bonding Certificate during inspection, the animal(s) will be euthanized or the vessel will be ordered to depart from Fiji immediately.


If you have been in a Rabies Free Country for more than 6 months

· Obtain an export health certificate with a valid import permit and relevant documents to accompany the animal(s) as per BAF’s import permit requirement.

· Apply for an import permit at least 28 working days in advance of the date that your animal(s) is scheduled to arrive into Fiji.

· Notify a Biosecurity Officer (“BSO”) at the relevant wharf or Station Officer at Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ), at least 10 working days before the arrival of the cat and/or dog and arrange / confirm the kennel reservation /space at PEQ for your pet. NB: Booking confirmation will be subject to the availability of the kennel space.

· Mandatory veterinary inspections onboard the vessel(s) upon arrival at the first port of entry into Fiji and medications taken by your animal(s) must be declared.

· Original documentation pertaining to the animal(s) will be verified by a BAF veterinarian and a BSO at the first port of entry. These documents include, but may not be limited to, the updated vaccination record, laboratory test results, other treatment records as per the import permit requirement(s) and health certificate from the competent authority of exporting country.

· All of the animal(s) waste must be disposed in a manner approved by BAF or otherwise advised. These arrangements may change on a port-by-port basis; therefore, you are advised to contact BAF and make the necessary arrangements.

· If you require your animal to come ashore then it is mandatory for verification of documents and inspection onboard the vessel upon its arrival at the first port of entry and then to be quarantined

o At the PEQ Facility at Koronivia, Nausori: A BSO will escort the cat(s) and/or dog(s) from the first port of entry to PEQ with the applicable BAF fees and charges

OR 


o Animal can be quarantined on the vessel and MUST strictly remain on the vessel throughout the quarantine period with the applicable BAF fees and charges. 


· Routine inspection and monitoring of the cat(s) and/or dog(s) will be carried out by BAF Veterinarians and BSOs and the animals will be released once the quarantine period is over.

· Duration of quarantine will vary based on the animal’s country of origin.

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