Pet Passport Panama
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:
- At least two weeks prior to travel to Panama you must file an application for home quarantine. Failure to do this means that your pet will be quarantined in a government facility.
- Your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entry into Panama.
- A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Panama Veterinary Certificate 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.
- The veterinary certificate must also be endorsed by the Panamanian Consulate in your country.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
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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