El Salvador Pet Passport & Import Regulations
El Salvador does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
El Salvador does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.
If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.
Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering El Salvador.
Cats must be vaccinated against panleukopenia not less than 30 days prior to travel and not more than 6 months prior to travel.
Within 10 days of travel, the Veterinary Certificate for El Salvador should be completed. Although it is not required, we recommend that a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian complete the form and you have it endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
The veterinary certificate must be validated by the El Salvador consulate.
You must apply for an Import Permit for your pet from the Animal Quarantine Department in San Salvador. There is a minimal fee involved.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment is required prior to entering El Salvador and should be administered by a licensed veterinarian shortly prior to travel.
Entering El Salvador by Air
Pets must enter El Salvador via Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport located about 50 km from San Salvador. Pets can enter the country in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
El Salvador does not publish a list of banned breeds.
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 El Salvador. 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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