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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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 the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the 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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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Costa Rica

Costa Rica does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements but these requirements must be followed exactly:

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter Costa Rica. Please note that all requirements must be met or your pet will be returned to the original destination or euthanised.

Dog Passport Costa Rica

You will need to carry a personal letter stating your pet's market value or a document that proves it such as an invoice. Or, you may provide this information on the Veterinary Certificate.

All pets arriving as manifest cargo must have a Import Permit and the transport must be arranged by a licensed agent.

Puppies and kittens under 3 months old may enter Costa Rica with a health certificate endorsed by the governmental authority responsible for the import and export of animals.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Costa Rica. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Birds, 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 Costa Rica. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

Pet Microchip: Although Costa Rica does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling. 

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Mabel, international traveler.
Posted on 2013-06-09 22:10:24.0
Pets traveling into Costa Rica on their own ticket, MUST have an import permit in advance of arrival. Working in Costa Rica since 2000. We can clear your pets prior to their arrival assuring quick release upon landing in the country. See for more information.
Posted on 2014-01-31 18:26:34.0
We have traveled several times with our 5 pound dog in the cabin of the airplane to Costa Rica. We go through the process each time of having the dog examined by our local vet and given a health certificate (APHIS Form 7001) showing he is up to date on vaccinations, etc. This form is then sent to the USDA, along with the fee, to be stamped by their dept. and returned to us to show to appropriate official while traveling. To the best of my knowledge, the vet exam must be done within a 10 day (or maybe 2 week) window prior to our departure and is only good for 30 days. Since we fly frequently to Costa Rica (every 2-3 months or more), it becomes very time consuming, expensive, and just inconvenient to go through this process each time. Do you know of any other way to simplify this procedure? I don't know if a pet passport will do this or not.
Posted on 2014-02-20 19:26:41.0
We know of no way to simplify this procedure and cannot recommend taking any chances that your pet won't clear customs.
Posted on 2014-02-21 04:01:15.0
Our Canadian dog has been in Costa Rica for three months. We have the paperwork to take her into Canada, but I have been told she needs something to leave Costa Rica? Does anyone know the procedure?
Posted on 2014-03-29 16:43:32.0
Hi Lorraine, I would assume Canada is very similar to the US and we flew back from CR with our dog after having her there for 3 months as well. You need to book an appointment with a vet in CR and have them give her the required vaccinations. It is very unfortunate to have to over vaccinate your dog to travel like this but they require another rabies and a DHPP, they also de-wormed our dog with Cardomec. The vet will then give you the proper exportation paperwork filled out and stamped for leaving CR and arrival into Canada. The vet will need all of your travel information for the form, like where you are departing from and what date, etc. You must do this within 30 days of departure but not too close to your departure date as the vet needs time to send it to the Ministry of Agriculture in CR for signatures and then gets it back to you before you leave. From what I remember it was about 1 week that it took to do this. And of course some fees which I do not remember the exact amount I paid.
Posted on 2014-03-31 05:29:09.0