Guatemala Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Guatemala does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Guatemala 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 dog or cat must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering Guatemala.
Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus, and cats must be vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia between 30 days and 12 months prior to export.
Shortly before travel (check with your airline, can be between 10 and 30 days), a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian completes the Veterinary Certificate for Guatemala for endorsement 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.
Your pet's forms should be endorsed by the Guatemalan Consulate.
An import permit is not required when entering Guatemala with a personal pet.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment is not required prior to entering Guatemala but is recommended due to availability of these products in the country.
Entering Guatemala by Air
Pets must enter Guatemala via La Aurora International Airport. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
Upon arrival in Guatemala you will present the documents and the Veterinary officer stationed at the entrance port will stamp them.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens under 3 months of age can enter Guatemala without rabies vaccination.
Guatemala 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 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 (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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