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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 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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lawrence.grant.965
Mabel, international traveler.
Posted on 2013-06-09 22:10:24.0
angela.passman
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 petmovingservice.com for more information.
Posted on 2014-01-31 18:26:34.0
becky.b.haney
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
PetTravel
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
lorraine.kellogg.31
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
barbara.bonnough
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
david.barlow.14
If they recognize the Aphis 7001 coming in and I am only staying 15 days why won't they recognize the same Aphis 7001 coming out? Do I really need two vet checks and certificates if I am staying just 15 days?
Posted on 2014-04-25 16:22:13.0
PetTravel
David - the APHIS 7001 form is a USDA form. It is used for pets leaving the US. That said, if you are only traveling to Costa Rica on vacation for 2 weeks, then returning to the US, your pet should not require another health certificate.
Posted on 2014-04-26 22:44:46.0
david.barlow.14
I am traveling to Costa Rica with a service dog for only 15 days. See my earlier post. I was told by the USDA that their health certificate is good for 30 days. However the lady at the USDA said..... "beware the airlines have their own seperate set of rules also". They may require I again get a health certificate at least 10 days before returning which absolutely makes no sense since the USDA health certificate is good for 30 days. Does any one know this for sure. I would hate to show up to the gate and have them say... "NO GO" I am flying with Frontier airlines and their website is just a bit confusing on the issue and not clear. They talk about pets and service dogs and I am not sure what they are referring to. Help?
Posted on 2014-04-29 01:02:47.0
PetTravel
David - this according to the Ministry of Agriculture: If the pet leaves during the period of validity of the Certificate of Health created in the U.S. and rabies certificate , then that is all that is required to leave Costa Rica. However, the Embassy website is a bit confusing. You should confirm this at the CR APHIS office: (506) 2290-4548.
Posted on 2014-04-30 23:44:12.0
lynne.seston
We are hoping to travel to San Jose CR in November for approximately 5 months. We have 2 beardies to take with us. We will leave from Toronto - but Air Canada have an ongoing embargo since December 2013. Can you recommend an airline which will fly us and them?> I am currently enquiring with Air Transat who say to confirm with the authorities in CR that they will be accepted. Has anybody travelled there recently?
Posted on 2014-07-02 16:52:22.0
PetTravel
You will need an Import Permit from Ministry of Agriculture to bring a Bearded Dragon to Costa Rica. This species is not listed as accepted, but you would get an answer after filing the permit.
Posted on 2014-07-11 13:56:10.0
lynne.seston
Sorry my mistake - they are Bearded Collies, as in the canine breed. This being said, would you know how difficult it is to bring our dogs with us? Thanks again.....
Posted on 2014-07-11 18:05:56.0
PetTravel
Lynne - Delta, American and United all have flights to San Jose. United may require the use of an agent as they do in many Central and South American countries.
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:02:06.0
angelynna.angy
Hello pet travel.my name is Angie and im planing to travel with my cats in costa rica for about 3 months,what exactly papers i need to get them for 3 months in costa rica?thank you
Posted on 2014-07-14 20:18:46.0
PetTravel
Angy - you will need proof of rabies vaccination (and other kitty vaccinations) at least 30 days prior to entry and a health certificate (translated into Spanish) issued within 10 days of travel to enter Costa Rica. You will need another health exam prior to leaving the country.
Posted on 2014-07-17 04:24:23.0
leslie.lawson.5
I want to move to costa rica with my 2 african greys and my green wing macaw-- Is this going to be a proublem ?
Posted on 2014-07-26 14:38:19.0
PetTravel
Leslie - you will need an Import Permit from the National Service of Animal Health (SENASA) to bring your pet bird to Costa Rica. We did hear, on a secondary website that birds cannot be exported from CR, so you want to be sure you are not planning on leaving. (have not validated this fact.)
Posted on 2014-07-30 03:44:39.0
matej.pavic.12
Hi, we plan to move to CR with our dog but we will stay more then 3 months. Does dog have to leave and reenter the country after 3 months as well or she can stay in cr?ty
Posted on 2014-08-20 13:40:39.0