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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 Guatemala

Guatemala does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:

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

Presentation of the Veterinary certificate endorsed and stamped by the Consulate will allow you entry with your pet in Guatemala.

Dog Passport Guatemala

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Guatemala, 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 Guatemala. 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 Guatemala. 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 Guatemala does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling. 

The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Guatemala. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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Romeo is going back on the road with me soon
Posted on 2013-10-10 19:35:49.0
Will my dog be quarantined coming back from Guatemala?
Posted on 2014-07-04 19:51:21.0
Same question as Rachel...coming back from the Gautemalan trip, will the US quarantine my dog?
Posted on 2015-01-18 21:30:42.0
Karin - the US is very pet friendly. You will need to have proof of rabies vaccination and, if you stay in Guatemala less than 30 days, the health certificate you used to enter the country.
Posted on 2015-01-19 03:18:42.0
Rachel - if you are returning to the US, there will be no quarantine. You will need proof of rabies vaccination and the health certificate you used to enter Guatemala. (should be in English) This assumes that you will spend less than 30 days in Guatemala. If this is not the case, then you will need to visit a vet while you are there and get a more recent health certificate.
Posted on 2015-01-19 03:20:25.0
we are going to Guatemala from the US through Mexico and staying in Guatemala for 2 months or so, what is is required of me to travel from US to Mexico and from Mexico to Guatemala and vice versa
Posted on 2015-02-22 20:18:29.0
Roxana - Guatemala requires proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate. Mexico will also require 2 original health certificates (both of them should be in Spanish). There is a ticks and tapeworm requirement shortly prior to entering the country which does not apply to pets entering from the US, but will most likely apply coming back the other way. You will also need a new health certificate if you are staying 2 months.
Posted on 2015-02-24 02:05:21.0