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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 into Ecuador

Ecuador does not quarantine healthy dogs and cats who meet the following requirements:

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter Ecuador.

Dog Passport Ecuador

Breed Restrictions: Pit Bulls and Rottweiler breeds or their mixes will not be permitted to enter Ecuador. Each traveler may enter Ecuador with 2 animals.

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Ecuador, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.

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 Ecuador. 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 Ecuador. 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 (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

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 Ecuador does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling. 

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redwerecat
important info for moving
Posted on 2013-10-20 12:16:10.0
phyllis.may.71
can a staffordshire terrier be imported to ecuador?
Posted on 2013-11-16 02:04:57.0
debbi.breshers
What happens at the port of entry to Ecuador when examining a dog if they are not cooperative? My Chihuahua doesn't like strangers touching him. Can a person bring more than one dog?
Posted on 2013-12-10 00:52:45.0
jan.atkins.792
I'm reading where my boxer may have a problem traveling. Anyone have info on this?
Posted on 2013-12-15 17:12:49.0
PetTravel
Ecuador bans PitBulls and Rottweilers.
Posted on 2013-12-27 20:52:23.0
PetTravel
A few airlines restrict the transport of brachycephalic breeds, but it is not as serious as bulldogs.
Posted on 2013-12-27 20:58:36.0
PetTravel
Yes, you can bring more than one pet to Ecuador.
Posted on 2013-12-29 22:18:22.0
SofiaEstrellaOlivieri
PetTravel , Hi, we just found out about our pit. She has flown back and forth twice now on LAN from American to Ecuador, with no problems. Now, we are in Ecuador, we have to return to the US for 9 months to a year and our dog is stuck here with no one. I can not have this. Our dogs are our life. We have two wonderful pit bulls with everything they need for exceptional travel, what can we do?
Posted on 2014-01-11 03:55:57.0
richard.vanboxmeer
Hi Phyllis, I am looking to relocate to Ecuador with a British staffie as well. Just discovered this ban info today. I am just wondering if you have learned anymore about the restrictions since posting this. I would really appreciate any further info you might be able to share. Thanks and good luck. They are such a misunderstood breed.
Posted on 2014-01-12 15:53:31.0
PetTravel
Richard Van Boxmeer A British Staffie is not the same as an American Staffordshire Terrier. They don't look the same. That said, Staffies can be a bit aggressive around strangers. Hopefully, you are confident that your pet will not demonstrate this behavior as any dog that does will be refused entry, regardless of breed. I would suggest that you carry documentation as to your pet's breed with pictures and also that of an American Staffordshire Terrier just in case.
Posted on 2014-01-13 01:50:19.0
PetTravel
Sofia Estrella Olivieri I would suggest an agent in Ecuador who may be able to help you clear customs. If you have not found another solution, email us (info@pettravel.com) and we can see if we can find you one.
Posted on 2014-01-13 01:52:18.0
CHERBSarizona
I have a pit bull mix (boxer) we are planning on moving to Ecuador will they let him in seeing how he is not a pure breed? He also is trained by professionals and will keep going to all training he can for everything intermediate advance trick classes etc.
Posted on 2014-01-29 21:21:51.0
dbmcvick
Good question for David Irigoyen
Posted on 2014-01-29 22:04:13.0
PetTravel
The veterinary/health certificate should be completed within 10 days of travel and you can have the ticks and tapeworm done at the same time. It is 21 days prior to entry for t&t. Your vet should have an APHIS 7001. If not, they are included in our instruction and forms packages. There is a link to them from this page: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/ecuador.cfm If you will be in Ecuador for 30 days or less, your forms should be fine for re-entering the US as long as your dog's rabies vaccination has not expired.
Posted on 2014-01-30 04:04:15.0
PetTravel
The health certificate needs to be in English and Spanish. That is included in our passport packages.
Posted on 2014-01-30 04:06:07.0
PetTravel
Ecuador bans all Pit Bulls and their mixes. Unless your dog resembles another breed and cannot be identified as a Pit Bull, there will most likely be a problem importing them even if your vet puts "mixed breed" on the health certificate.
Posted on 2014-01-30 04:09:38.0
stephanie.pomplun
What about taking a pet along if I receive a work visa and will be stationed in the Galapagos Islands? Are pets allowed to be brought there to live with me?
Posted on 2014-02-01 22:33:05.0
PetTravel
As I am sure you are aware, feral dogs are a big problem in the Galapagos Islands. Although it was permitted in the past, we are pursuing current regulations with officials and will update this post when we hear.
Posted on 2014-02-02 14:21:00.0
sarah.mangioneavon
I am a little confused. After over a year of planning, we are ready to move to Ecuador with my Rottweilers in tow. I had never heard of a ban until today. I know Quito has a ban (at least that's what I think I read this morning) but I can find nothing official banning Rottweilers outside of Quito. Further, I have found multiple online ads in Ecuador selling Rotties. Can you direct me to the source?
Posted on 2014-02-03 18:16:22.0
PetTravel
Sarah - we get our information from a variety of sources including reputable publications and pet transporters who cover the area. You can find reference to the 2009 ban on many dog blogs and also websites of folks detailing Ecuadorian life. That said, the Ministry of Agriculture webiste is not user friendly, so if you would like to confirm the law, try emailing them at this URL: http://www.agricultura.gob.ec/contacto/.
Posted on 2014-02-04 04:26:37.0
sarah.mangioneavon
Thank you kindly. I saw many blogs from 2009 but had hoped since nothing was more recent that perhaps they had rescinded the law or never enacted it (wishful thinking no doubt). As you say, their web information leaves a lot to be desired. We will speak to a local vet and the police when we are there in a couple of weeks and see if there are any work arounds. Thank you again.
Posted on 2014-02-04 12:41:22.0
KathleenKendall
We have a Hearing Impaired Service Dog, does Equador have Service Dogs?
Posted on 2014-02-12 00:50:43.0
PetTravel
Kathleen - I am not sure I understand your question. If you are asking about entrance requirements, they are the same for service animals as they are for other animals. As for adhering to ADA regulations for service animals, many countries do, but it is a US law and the extent to which it is upheld is based on each country's regulations.
Posted on 2014-02-13 02:06:20.0
quentin.mitchell.351
We are looking to move to Ecuador as well and just found out about the ban on PIt Bulls. Does it make a difference on the ban if the pit is a service or therapy dog?
Posted on 2014-02-28 13:35:28.0
phyllis.may.71
The info from Pet Travel is about as good as it gets. Also be aware of possible airline restrictions and some airports have rules of their own.
Posted on 2014-02-28 17:13:24.0
yolanda.cando
Hola, tengo un perro pequeño (Bichon Frise) deseo llebarlo a Ecuador desde London(UK) que documentos nesecito? muchas gracias
Posted on 2014-03-01 13:44:21.0
PetTravel
Hola Yolanda - Sí, habrá una gran preparación para llevar a su mascota a Londres para evitar la cuarentena. En primer lugar, su mascota debe ser un microchip, vacunados contra la rabia a continuación (en ese orden). No antes de 30 días después de la vacunación, su mascota debe tener una prueba de título de la sangre procesada en un laboratorio autorizado. Si los resultados son aceptables, a continuación, su mascota puede entrar en el Reino Unido 90 días después de la fecha en que la sangre se extrajo. Dentro de los 10 días de la entrada, un veterinario con licencia debe completar el formulario del anexo II para el Reino Unido y su mascota va a necesitar una prueba de la tenia entre uno y cinco días de la entrada. Este procedimiento se debe a que el Reino Unido considera que Ecuador es un país de alta rabia.
Posted on 2014-03-02 02:58:02.0
yolanda.cando
I would like to take my pet, a small dog (Bichon Frise) from London to Ecuador, at the moment I have got its passport, rabies vaccination and microchip. what other documents I may need to enter my dog to Ecuador? Thank you so much for your reply.
Posted on 2014-03-02 22:49:15.0
PetTravel
Yolanda Cando Your pet will need a veterinary certificate and it should be endorsed by the Ecuadorian consulate in London. Your pet will also need a ticks and tapeworm (internal and external parasite) test shortly prior to entry. You can find details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ecuador.cfm
Posted on 2014-03-03 02:35:12.0
maritza.difelici
I am planning to travel with my two huskies and a small Yorkie. Do you have any information on airline tickets (prices), and how the whole proses may work?. Thank you for your help :)
Posted on 2014-03-04 17:46:42.0
PetTravel
Hi Maritza - your pets will need to meet requirements for importing a pet to Ecuador (proof of rabies certificate and endorsed veterinary certificate - details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ecuador.cfm). You will need to contact an airline that serves the entire route and inquire as to the fees involved for transporting your Huskies as checked baggage. Changing airplanes is OK, but changing airlines is not. You will tell the airline you are traveling with pets and inquire as to the cost to fly your pets as checked baggage and in-cabin (for your Yorkie) We may be able to give you airline options if we knew the city you were originating in and also your final destination.
Posted on 2014-03-06 04:02:12.0
Five.Fingers.of.Death
I have a bearded dragon (lizard) that we want to take with us on our move to Ecuador in 10 months. She is the family pet- docile, non-venomous, smart, and cuddly! Does anyone know anyone I could contact to give me an actual straight answer on the process if possible. We aren't sure what to do at the customs part the most! Has anyone been through the travel with a reptile issue to Ecuador?
Posted on 2014-05-31 09:25:04.0
PetTravel
Michael - try contacting the Ministry of Agriculture of Ecuador in Quito for your answer.
Posted on 2014-06-01 03:58:44.0
jade.tambellini
How long does it usually take for the Ecuadorian Consulate to endorse a veterinary certificate from the U.S.? What is the best way to contact the Ecuadorian Consulate?
Posted on 2014-06-24 06:34:51.0
PetTravel
Jade - I do not know what their turn around time is but if you include an express mail return envelope most Embassies are fairly quick. Communication with them should be in Spanish if possible. We would recommend using a Visa service who will walk the documents thru.
Posted on 2014-06-26 04:17:08.0
maria.g.alvarez.737
Hi, I wanna bring my 6 year old Chihuahua to Guayaquil, Ecuador. He weights about 8pounds and has a microchip. Can you tell me exactly what is it that I need for him to go into the country with no problems, any papers, what kinds of certificates? Can you also tell me which airline would allow me to bring him in the cabin? Please and thank you
Posted on 2014-06-26 17:27:26.0
PetTravel
Hi Maria - there is a list of requirements that you need to bring your pet to Ecuador here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ecuador.cfm. As for the airline, we would need to know where you are traveling from to answer your question.
Posted on 2014-06-29 17:30:29.0
maria.g.alvarez.737
From NYC
Posted on 2014-07-02 06:56:02.0
christine.dill.92
We have 2 American bully's... They are registered as American bully's.. Would we be able to take them?
Posted on 2014-07-03 18:19:23.0
charlee.smith
I am English, and will be moving to Ecuador from France with my dog a Berger De les Pyrenees. She has a passport and all rabies etc up to date, but I read about distemper should I get that covered, and is there anything else I need to do or look at? Many thanks xx
Posted on 2014-07-04 07:38:29.0
PetTravel
Christine - Bullies are not included on Ecuador's banned breed list, however, it will be a challenge finding an airline to transport them in the cargo hold. It is a higher risk to them traveling in the summer months. Hopefully, you can wait until temperatures fall a bit.
Posted on 2014-07-06 14:45:52.0
PetTravel
Hi Charlee - the following vaccinations are needed for dogs: Disease Carre - Distemper Canine Hepatitis Leptospirosis Parovirus Parainfluenza Your pup will also need ticks and tapeworm treatment
Posted on 2014-07-09 18:13:37.0
charlee.smith
PetTravel thank you very much. i also need to get her spayed as i hear there are many many street dogs! and although she never leaves my side...... but again thank you
Posted on 2014-07-09 18:56:04.0
karina.m.ponce
I am a Canadian resident and I want to buy a puppy at Ecuador and bring it with me back home. She is 3 months old and has been vaccinated a week ago. what are the requirement to bring her to Canada by airplane
Posted on 2014-07-11 05:06:19.0
PetTravel
Karina - you should travel with a health certificate (the airline may require it) and your rabies certificate. Canada is very pet friendly.
Posted on 2014-07-11 21:30:32.0
PetTravel
Maria - try Copa Airlines. They may accept your pet in-cabin on this route.
Posted on 2014-07-13 10:12:11.0
stephanie.pena.91
I want to make a round trip with my dog to Ecuador from New York, do I need to make both passport, an Ecuador and United State passport to be able to take her to Ecuador and bring her back to New York? or what do I need to do to be able to come back to New York with her?
Posted on 2014-07-25 02:20:29.0
PetTravel
Stephanie - you will need to conform to Ecuador's pet import requirements which include proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate endorsed by the Ecuadorian Consulate (details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ecuador.cfm) You can use your documents to return to the US within 30 days. If you are staying longer, then see a vet in Ecuador for an updated health certificate.
Posted on 2014-07-30 03:42:03.0
jo.ohara3
United also accepts pets in cabin
Posted on 2014-08-10 02:20:01.0
jo.ohara3
any vet practicing legally in the US or Canada is approved/accredited. You cannot legally practice as a vet otherwise.
Posted on 2014-08-10 02:28:19.0
jo.ohara3
somehow if they are banned from travel as baggage they are banned. how can it be less serious? it seems almost all airlines US/Canada have this restriction. It is odd as there are breeds less brachycephalic than others that are not on the list. ie lhasas are not so short faced yet affenpincers are but are not on the list. they should go by nose length and not breed imho.
Posted on 2014-08-10 02:32:25.0
jo.ohara3
muzzle it.
Posted on 2014-08-10 02:33:06.0
PetTravel
Jo - the airlines go by the numbers. English Bulldogs, for example, are involved in the most "pet incidents" Pugs are also very prone to problems. The airlines are looking to their lessons learned. Perhaps affenpincers are not on the list because it is a less common breed.
Posted on 2014-08-12 04:48:07.0
jonathan.romero.31924
hello, i am buying a puppy in Ecuador and will be bringing him to NY,United states, What do i need to bring with me, to be able to fly out of Ecuador and entering the US?please help i am confused in the requirements after reading multiple websites
Posted on 2014-08-25 21:14:42.0
PetTravel
If your puppy is under 3 months old, it will not have been vaccinated for rabies. To bring your pup to the US at this age, you will need advance permission from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for home confinement. You will commit to having your pet vaccinated for rabies at 3 months and keep them away form other animals during the confinement period. You can email them at CDCanimalimports@cdc.gov. If your pet is over 3 months, then it will need to be vaccinated for rabies and wait for 30 days after the vaccination before entering the US. You should also have a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.As for the carrier, it will depend on whether your puppy is small enough to fly in the cabin with you or will need to fly as checked baggage in the cargo hold. If it can fly in the cabin and there is an airline that flies the route that will allow it, then you should get a soft sided carrier with a waterproof bottom, adequate ventilation and good zippers to secure your puppy. If it has to travel in the cargo hold, then you will need a hard plastic crate like these: http://www.pettravelstore.com/categories/Pet-Crates-%26-Accessories/Pet-Crates/.
Posted on 2014-08-26 04:34:11.0

Good day. I have the same situation as Jonathan Romero below. I have a pittbull puppy I am buying from Ecuador which needs to be transported to JNB, South Africa. What is the requirements, which airline would be best to use, what would the costs involved be, etc. The pup will be between 9-11 weeks at time of travel. Thank you.
Posted on 2014-08-26 13:07:59.0
maria.chicaiza.94
hi, i have a 3 yr old Chihuahua. i want to take him to ecuador, but i only have a week to get all of my dog's passport done. he got his rabbies shot in march, which is not 6 month's before our flight? what can i do?
Posted on 2014-08-26 18:30:34.0
PetTravel
Maria - the requirement is to get your pet's rabies vaccination 60 days prior to entry which is 3 months. You should be ok...
Posted on 2014-08-28 02:25:17.0
PetTravel
Chante - here is what we know about puppies under 12 weeks of age entering South Africa: Puppies and kittens under three months of age do not need to be vaccinated for rabies. However, puppies and kittens less than 3 months of age can only travel to South Africa if the mother of the puppy or kitten has been vaccinated for rabies more than 30 days before and less than 12 months before the birth of the puppy or kitten. (You will need proof of this.) Your puppy must be vaccinated for rabies after arrival in South Africa at 3 months of age and proof of the vaccination must be presented to the South African Veterinary Authorities. We can't recommend an airline unless we know the origination and destination cities.
Posted on 2014-08-28 02:32:24.0
lane.coe.5
I see that it says no Rottweiler breeds. what about a Rotty with a service animal certificate?
Posted on 2014-09-01 19:46:42.0
PetTravel
Lane - you should contact the Ministry of Agriculture with your inquiry. We are not aware of any exemptions to Ecuador's banned breeds although it may be possible: http://www.agricultura.gob.ec/contacto/.
Posted on 2014-09-04 19:55:18.0
salvador.bachamedov
Staffordshire Bull Terriers appear to not be on the banned breeds of Ecuador list. Is this a correct assessment?
Posted on 2014-09-22 03:59:20.0
PetTravel
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are not banned from the country, however, any animals with aggressive behavior are not usually accepted. (I have a Staff who is and always will be a little puppy.)
Posted on 2014-09-24 12:48:15.0

I am leaving the US and traveling to Quito on Saturday with my chocolate Labrador. I have all of the required paperwork completed and want to make sure that I have followed all rules. So I need to contact someone with the Mariscal Sucre Airport or the Ministry of Agriculture to alert them of his arrival?
Posted on 2014-10-02 14:35:42.0
PetTravel
You will need to contact the Equadorian Agency of Quality Assurance in Agriculture 72 hours in advance of arrival.5939 565 0556
Posted on 2014-10-03 12:53:19.0
annette.barrett.54
Is there any way around the rabies shot being administered 60 days before we enter ecuador?
Posted on 2014-10-04 06:08:12.0

i am traveling with a weasel and i dont know weather i i have the paper work necessary so if you have a link that will give me all the description for this i would greatly appreciate it thanks
Posted on 2014-10-16 03:16:57.0
PetTravel
Penelope - we do not have information on traveling to Ecuador with a weasel. Would suggest that you contact the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Posted on 2014-10-17 02:39:35.0
andreita.reyes.50
I want to make a round trip with my dog to Ecuador from Canada fro 16 days, do I need to make both passport, an Ecuador and Canadian passport to be able to take her to Ecuador and bring her back to Canada? or what do I need to do to be able to come back to Canada with her?
Posted on 2014-10-21 15:01:28.0
PetTravel
Andreita - you will need to conform to Ecuadorian requirements to take your pet to the country. (find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ecuador.cfm) You will need to have your veterinary certificate endorsed by the CFIA in Canada before leaving for Ecuador. Canada is very pet friendly. Your passport for Ecuador will be fine to re-enter the country. Verify that the airline will not need a new health certificate for your pup.
Posted on 2014-10-22 14:35:25.0
dick.eklund.7
Hi, I would like to bring 2 French bulldog puppies into Ecuador. They would have all of their required shots for 8-10 weeks old; do I need to know anything else? Thank you!
Posted on 2014-10-25 04:35:03.0
PetTravel
Dick - puppies must be vaccinated for rabies 60 days prior to entering Ecuador. Initial rabies vaccinations are not administered until 3 months of age, so that would put your pup's age at 5 months before they could enter the country. There are other requirements as well. Details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Ecuador.cfm
Posted on 2014-10-30 04:11:38.0