Ivory Coast Pet Passport & Import Regulations
The Ivory Coast does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
The Ivory Coast 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 the Ivory Coast.
Within 10 days of travel, the Veterinary Certificate for Ivory Coast must 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.
An import permit is required for cats and dogs entering the Ivory Coast unaccompanied as well as all other types of pets entering the Ivory Coast. Animals originating in following countries are exempt from this requirement: Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, France, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment is not required prior to entering Ivory Coast but is recommended due to availability of these products in the country.
Entering Ivory Coast by Air
Pets must enter the Ivory Coast via Port Bouet International Airport. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
Upon arrival in the Ivory Coast 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.
Whenever your pet travels to a foreign country like the Ivory Coast, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
Ivory Coast does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Exporting Pets Living in the Ivory Coast
An export permit is required for dogs and cats leaving the Ivory Coast. Veterinary officials will want to see all required documentation for your destination country.
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 Ivory Coast. 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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