Colombia Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Pet dogs and cats that do not meet the requirements for importation must comply with home quarantine period that includes two follow-up visits by an officer of ICA and must pay the value of monitoring quarantine.
Colombia does not require an import permit for personal pets entering from any country.
Colombia does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet with a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant pet microchip and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.
To enter Colombia, your cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies more than 30 days prior to travel and before the vaccination expires. Colombia does honor the 3 year vaccine.
Cats should be vaccinated against Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus. Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus. Vaccination against leptospirosis is recommended but not required. If entering from a country outside the Andean Community, you pet should also be vaccinated against Parainfluenza and Coronavirus.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
Before your dog or cat can enter Colombia, it must have an internal and external parasite treatment. Actually, it is highly recommended that your pet be on a flea and tick prevention program prior to entering Colombia.
Within 10 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete a veterinary health certificate (original and a copy). If traveling from the United States or Canada, the health certificate must be endorsed by the USDA or CFIA respectively. The rabies certificate should accompany the health certificate for endorsement.
No Import Permit is required for personal pets accompanied by their owners. Animals imported in commercial lot numbers must first obtain an import permit.
Entering Colombia by Air
Pets can enter the country at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota or the José María Córdova International Airport in Medellin during normal business hours. Pets can arrive in the cabin, checked baggage or air cargo.
When landing, you will collect your pet and head to the Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA) office in the airport where they will examine your pet and its documentation (which should be originals). There is a small fee for this service. ICA offices are open monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ICA office in Bogota is open 24 hours.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at the owner's expense.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens over 4 months of age entering Colombia are subject to rabies vaccination requirements per step #2. There are no vaccination requirements for puppies or kittens under 4 months of age. Home quarantine will be required in this case.
Imports of specimens of canine breeds Staffordshire Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Rottweiler or any crosses or hybrids of these breeds are not permitted to enter Colombia.
Exporting Pets Living in Colombia
All resident pets leaving the Colombia must have relevant paperwork required for the destination country. Additionally, no more than 3 days before traveling, pets must have a pre-travel examination by a licensed veterinarian and also received treatment against internal and external parasites. When the veterinarian's health certificate is provided, an export certificate will be issued that is good for 72 hours from the time of issuance.
All other animals will also require an Import Permit to enter Colombia. Birds will be subject to 21 days of home quarantine. Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Colombia. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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