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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 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 Panama

Panama does not quarantine dogs or cats  healthy pets entering the country if the following requirements are met:

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

Dog Passport Panama

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

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tania.garby
What if the pet is in transit?
Posted on 2013-06-01 21:28:58.0
PetTravel
In most cases, as long as a pet is either held by the airline or remains in the secure area and does not clear customs, it has not legally entered the country, therefore does not have to meet any requirements of that country. There are several airports that require transit papers and one that will require that pets clear customs.
Posted on 2013-08-02 18:55:07.0
kristie.craven.1
Does anyone know the laws if you are traveling to Panama from Hawaii? Everything keeps saying the rabies certificate is the most important but being from Hawaii we have no rabies.....so I'm hoping he will not need some of this "home quarantine"...please help I'm going down there soon and need to figure this out.
Posted on 2013-08-30 07:49:23.0
michael.barbera
you're moving to panama
Posted on 2013-08-30 21:48:12.0
marianne.bartlett.9
We have 2 macaws purchased and breed in the united states each are 18 years old and have had CITE's permits for Us round trip in out of Canada
Posted on 2013-10-17 19:15:03.0
lee.beck.31
Is there rabies in Panama? We don't have rabies here on Vancouver Island.
Posted on 2014-01-03 06:35:58.0
PetTravel
Panama is considered to be a high rabies country. Although Canada will not require a titer test for entering from a hi rabies country, you may want to check with local officials as to whether it will be required prior to leaving.
Posted on 2014-01-04 21:29:54.0
anne.j.harper
how do I get an application for home quarantine>
Posted on 2014-08-28 16:26:45.0
PetTravel
Hello Anne - the application for the permit must be applied for in Panama by the owner of the pet or a legal representative of the owner. You can file for it upon arrival but it will delay your departure from the airport.
Posted on 2014-08-31 18:52:37.0
gonzalomatallana
Do you know of any carrier that flies dogs from Miami, Fl to Panama? thanks !
Posted on 2014-09-11 17:48:15.0
PetTravel
Hi Gonzalo - Copa and American fly between MIA and PTY non-stop. You may need an agent to book the transport. If you do, let us know. We can help with the arrangements. (info@pettraveltransport.com)
Posted on 2014-09-13 22:02:32.0
masekpanama
2 years ago,i travel from Europe with small dog to Panama.I have all papers.When i arive in Tocumen,i experience worst corruption.Firts o paid 4 x time more then 6 years ago for same dog.Also the keep my dog in small kennel 3 days,Two veterinary heck the papers.Women and man.The man was very unfriendly and arrogant.I also ask,what i need ,when i take the same dog,now with all legal papers from Panama vet ,to Europe.The answer was incredible.I need to have again export papers from country i visit for 10 days.Same bs and same money,for Panama base dog?
Posted on 2014-09-16 20:10:05.0
PetTravel
Jan - the rules for taking a pet from Europe to Panama are not the same as the rules for taking your pet from Panama to Europe. It is more difficult to go back to Europe. You say your pet is microchipped. That is the first step. Then your pet must have a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted. then, no sooner than 30 days, it must have a Blood Titer Test and the sample must be sent to an approved lab. You must wait 90 days after the blood was drawn to enter the EU. This is because Panama is considered a high-rabies country. You will need an Annex II form for the country you are traveling to completed within 10 days of travel. Some EU countries require a tapeworm test. You can find instructions and forms if you need them for every country in Europe here: http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm
Posted on 2014-09-18 03:40:37.0