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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:

For more detailed instructions and forms to create a pet passport to take your pet to Guatemala, click on the button below.

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

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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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
My boyfriend, dog and I are flying to Guatemala from Canada in June and staying for 2-3 months. He is an old chocolate lab. We just gave him a rabies vaccination and we will get his health certificate within ten days of travel. You have said to the previous commenter that the dog will need a new health certificate, how is this acquired? Through a vet in Guatemala? Also, when do we send our certificate to the consulate? prior to departure or once we are there? Thank you!
Posted on 2015-04-14 22:19:43.0
please reply as we are still not sure! thank you!!!
Posted on 2015-04-28 18:56:43.0
Lauren - before you return to Canada, you need to visit a vet in Guatemala and get another health certificate issued in English or French (can be bi-lingual with English or French being one of the languages). When going to Guatemala, you need to get consulate endorsement before you leave. When returning to the US, consulate endorsement is not required.
Posted on 2015-05-05 01:37:34.0
What I need of papers if I send puppy 4 month old from EU country to Guatemala? Thanks!
Posted on 2015-05-05 09:56:13.0
Mirela - you will need to have your puppy microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age and a 21 day wait to leave the EU country. Your pet will need proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entering Guatemala and a health certificate which should be endorsed by the Guatemala Embassy in your country. Details and links to forms and instructions if you need them:
Posted on 2015-05-10 21:29:43.0
Do you have the vaccine requirements for cats? Is the FIP vaccine required? I cannot seem to find this anywhere. Thank you.
Posted on 2015-05-13 16:53:44.0
Hi Angela - Your cat must be vaccinated against rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and panleukopenia within 12 months prior to import to Guatemala.
Posted on 2015-05-16 18:02:09.0

We are traveling to Guatemala, with our service dog, this November and wish to stay through April. But, due to visa requirements we will have to go to a neighboring country for at least a day to reset our visa after 90 days. For us, that isn't a problem, but what do we do for the travel papers for our service dog? We were there for a conference in 2013 with him and there was no problems but this is a major concern for us. Any help will be much appreciated!!
Posted on 2015-07-23 15:47:01.0

Kim - you will need to visit a vet in Guatemala and have a health certificate filled out before entering another country. Other requirements will depend on which country you decide to enter. You can find all their requirements at
Posted on 2015-08-05 03:21:02.0

We want to get a puppy from a breeder in Oregon. He is now 8 weeks old, and can't get a rabies shot until he is at least 12 weeks. Do we have to wait 30 days after the shot to bring him into Guatemala?
Posted on 2015-11-05 03:52:58.0

I am trying to get my dog back to the US from Guatemala. We came here via Canada a few months ago. I've heard all sorts of nightmarish things about the process including the need to have vet check papers "certificate zoosanitario international de exportacion" sent off to guatemala city for processing and sent back, and then a big process at the airport. However, CDC website says all you need is current proof of vaccinations. Anyone know the real story?
Posted on 2016-01-04 21:19:16.0

Mine didn't come back in time, and it was all fine. No problems with my dog getting into Guatemala at all. I had the health certificate and vaccination papers.
Posted on 2016-01-04 21:19:54.0

The health certificate is what I'm sending if I don't get it back I won't have the certificate :s which health certificate did you have ? Didn't you have to send it to the embassy?
Posted on 2016-01-04 23:18:36.0

Hi Gabriela I was wondering if you were able to find out any information regarding and exception for the rabies shot for puppies? My puppy can not get a rabies shot until 12 weeks in the States.
Posted on 2016-01-06 18:29:39.0

Our flight to Guatemala City arrives late at night, will there be a Vet on duty to stamp his arrival forms at this time off night? 11pm
Posted on 2016-02-23 04:14:32.0