Argentina Pet Passport & Import RegulationsThere will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Argentina as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats.
Argentina 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 cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies not less than 21 days and not more than 12 months prior to entering Argentina. The 3 year vaccine is not recognized.
If your dog or cat is originating from a country that is considered as rabies-free by the Organization of Animal Health (OIE), rabies vaccination is not required to enter Argentina; however, an permit will be issued and vaccination must occur within 5 days of entry.
Within 10 days of entry, a licensed veterinarian must complete the Veterinary Certificate for Argentina. An alternate copy translated into Spanish is also recommended. If the health certificate is not translated, then a National Public Translator will need to perform this service during customs clearance.
The certificate must be endorsed by your State USDA office if your pet is traveling from the United States and by the local CFIA office if your pet is traveling from Canada. If you are traveling from another country, endorsement is not required unless your country mandates it. These certificates must be submitted to the consulate for legalization ONLY if you are importing animals for commercial purposes. Personal pets do not require the consulate stamp or approval.
You will be expected to present the original health certificate to veterinary officials when custom clearing your pet.
Argentina will accept EU Pet Passports from EU countries, Switzerland and Norway. The passport should be in Spanish or translated to Spanish or a National Public Translator will be assigned at customs clearance.
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter Argentina, it must be treated against internal and external parasites within 15 days of transport.
Entering Argentina by Air
Pets can enter the Argentina via Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires.
Notice should be given to veterinary officials so they will be available to inspect your pet upon landing. 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.
Your airline must notify the station manager at the point of entry, at least 24 hours prior to arrival, giving notice of pets on board in order to ensure the attendance of the veterinary surgeon at the arrival airport. There is a $25 USD customs fee that will be added to your airway bill if you are traveling in or out of Argentina.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens under the age of 3 months should not be vaccinated for rabies and can enter Argentina without a vaccination certificate. It must have a health certificate and the issuing veterinarian must state that the puppy or kitten originates from an area where rabies has not occurred in the past 90 days.
Argentina does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Exporting Pets from Argentina
If your pet is traveling from Argentina, it will need an international health certificate issued by SENASA You will need to furnish evidence of current rabies vaccination and pay a small fee. You will need to present all required documentation for your destination country.
All other animals entering Argentina will need an import permit and health certificate for entry.
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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