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United States Navy
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay
Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
The information below is subject to change as new COVID guidelines are set in place. Contact the appropriate entity for updated information.
Pet Transportation: Pet transportation is at owner's expense and is accomplished via AMC. The AMC pet fee is $125.00 for pets less than 70lbs including the weight of their crate (for both in cabin as well as in cargo). If the pet (including the crate) weighs more than 70lbs, they will be charged as two ($250.00). Fees are subject to change. AMC travel with pets requires that the pets have booked pet space. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Confirmation before traveling is strongly recommended. You are responsible for your pet documentation, immunization, and border clearance requirements compliance and must defray any associated costs. All pets must be current on vaccinations and be accompanied with proof of vaccination.
Health Certificates: Pets need a health certificate (DD 2209) and an airline letter of acclimation within 10 days of travel. The health certificate examination must be performed by a veterinarian to ensure that your pet is free of communicable and foreign animal diseases. It is recommended that this examination be performed by a military veterinarian, if possible. Typically, health certificates are offered by appointment only. A USDA endorsement is not required for entry to NSGB.
Rabies Vaccine: Pets over the age of 12 weeks must have a current rabies vaccination and certificate (DD 2208) in order to travel. If the vaccine expires during your travel or shortly thereafter, it is recommended to update this vaccine prior to travel. There is not a waiting period after vaccination prior to entry to NSGB.
Other Vaccines: Dogs are required to be up-to-date on the distemper/adenovirus/parvovirus (DAP or DA2PP) vaccine prior to travel. It is strongly recommended that dogs also be up-to-date on leptospirosis and Bordetella/parainfluenza (kennel cough) vaccines prior to travel, but this is not required. Cats are required to be up-to-date on the feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus /panleukopenia (FVRCP) vaccine prior to travel.
Microchip: Microchips are required for all pets traveling to NSGB. Any microchip that is able to be scanned by a U.S. microchip scanner is acceptable.
Flea/Tick Prevention: NSGB is located in a Caribbean climate. It is strongly encouraged that pets be on flea and tick prevention prior to travel to avoid contracting flea and tick-borne diseases.
Heartworm Prevention: There is a large mosquito population on NSGB. The overall heartworm disease risk is unknown, as studies have not been conducted. However, the mosquito vector is present and feral dogs living on NSGB have tested positive for heartworm. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that all dogs and cats be placed on heartworm prevention prior to travel and maintain prevention during their time at NSGB.
Spay/Neuter Requirements: All dogs and cats over 2 years of age must be spayed or neutered prior to arrival at NSGB. If your pet has a valid medical reason for not being spayed or neutered, have your veterinarian contact the NSGB veterinarian; documentation outlining the medical condition will be required.
Kennel Requirements: The airline kennel must be large enough to allow your pet to stand up without his or her head touching the top of the kennel, turn around completely, and lay down comfortably. In addition, you will need to provide your pet with fresh water during the flight with an airline approved kennel water dish or bottle. You are encouraged to freeze the dish halfway full of water the night prior to the flight, so that if any water spills during takeoff, then the frozen water will slowly thaw out to provide fresh water during the flight. For specific airline kennel requirements, please contact your airline directly.
Other Recommendations: The military veterinarian is the only veterinarian available at NSGB. The vet clinic provides wellness, sick call, emergency, and surgical services. However, the surgical services are limited. If your pet is in need of an advanced surgical procedure (such as an orthopedic or ophthalmic surgery) or a dental cleaning, it is strongly recommended to have this performed prior to travel. Any laboratory tests that cannot be performed in-house at the vet clinic must be shipped off on a rotator flight, limiting the types of tests that can be performed. If your veterinarian has recommended that you see a specialist (such as a board certified dermatologist, internist, surgeon, etc.), you should complete that referral appointment prior to travel. The vet clinic does not offer pet sitting services. Pet owners are responsible for making pet sitting arrangements (friends, family, neighbors, etc.) when leaving NSGB for travel.
NSGB Pet Regulations: Pets must be registered with the vet clinic within 14 days of their arrival. Pets must be housed indoors, including cats. Animals must be under owner control when outside, either on a leash or in a contained fenced area.
Important On Station Pet Regulations:
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay Veterinary Treatment Facility
Office: 757-458-2212 or 2101
Emergency On-Call: 757-933-7934
Hours: M-W, F 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m.
Closed Thursdays for training. Closed the last working day of every month for inventory. Closed all federal holidays.
Household pets (dogs and cats only) may be brought to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (NSGB) by accompanied personnel, military or civil service/Department of Defense (DOD), who are in receipt of PCS orders to or from Guantanamo Bay. Unaccompanied personnel are not authorized to bring pets. There is a maximum of two pets per sponsor/household.
Pet transportation is at owner's expense and is accomplished via AMC. The AMC pet fee is $125.00 for pets less than 70lbs including the weight of their crate (for both in cabin as well as in cargo). If the pet (including the crate) weighs more than 70lbs, they will be charged as two ($250.00). Fees are subject to change. AMC travel with pets requires that the pets have booked pet space. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Confirmation before traveling is strongly recommended. You are responsible for your pet documentation, immunization, and border clearance requirements compliance and must defray any associated costs. All pets must be current on vaccinations and be accompanied with proof of vaccination.
See COVID restrictions and guidelines for incoming personnel, families, and their pets. There is no additional quarantine for pets at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
There are no pet boarding facilities available on Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. Pets are not allowed in unaccompanied housing or the Navy Lodge. The Navy Gateway Inn and Suites offers pet-friendly rooms. Call for rules and restrictions.
Office: (757)458-2212 or 2101
Emergency On-Call: (757)933-7934
Hours: M-W, F 0830-1200, 1300-1600
Closed Thursdays for training. Closed at 1200 on the last working day of the month for inventory. Closed all federal holidays.