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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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Pet Passport Puerto Rico

Dog Passport Puerto Rico

Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:

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

Dog Passport Puerto Rico

Birds entering Puerto Rico are subject to the same requirements as they are entering the United States. (30 days quarantine) Birds that were obtained in the United States may enter Puerto Rico without quarantine.

Banned Breeds: Puerto Rico will not permit the entry of American Staffordshire Terriers,  Staffordshire Terriers and all Pit Bulls.

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

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JEFFREY.CHARRON777
PUERTO RICO HERE I COME
Posted on 2013-10-05 01:36:09.0
jschmuuhl
Really looking great so far for relocating to Western Puerto Rico
Posted on 2013-10-22 19:15:57.0
cindy.lewis.1420
Please answer this question for me asap as we are taking winston our little pomeranian into san juan in a couple of days . Our vet has filled out the pet travel passport information, however in the section under Rabies vaccination status of the animal under date of last vaccination against rabies it was written 12/10/2013 and expiringon 12/10/2014 the correct way should have been day month and year. Is this a problem? I could always add the date next to that as day mon year. Please advise as I do not want Winston quarentined. thank you, Cindy Lewis
Posted on 2014-03-07 22:51:19.0
PetTravel
We did respond to your email on this question. It should be fine for your vet to correct and initial the change, but in the abundance of caution, a note on veterinary letterhead with a stamp attesting to the change would most likely be appropriate.
Posted on 2014-03-08 19:09:39.0
amandagbennett24
how do pets usually do on an airplane?
Posted on 2014-06-09 03:10:07.0
PetTravel
For the most part, when traveling in the cargo hold, the drone of the engines and the dimmed lighting puts them to sleep. Be sure and get your pet really acclimated to its crate. That will help.
Posted on 2014-06-14 21:09:26.0
gracieasher
What if my doggie is a certified helper dog to me. Still in the cargo part? It makes me cry to think of him under there. Is there a chance they would quarantine him? I'd die. I'd just die
Posted on 2014-06-21 03:51:21.0
gerard.hetherington
looking to transport a dog from Puerto rico to Scotland/uk , can anyone help on who to contact ??
Posted on 2014-06-23 18:02:03.0
gerard.hetherington
please email me at gedhether@live.co.uk for the question below , on who I contact fro shipping a dog from Puerto rico to Scotland/uk
Posted on 2014-06-23 18:03:44.0
PetTravel
Gerard - try United as they are approved to fly into Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Posted on 2014-06-25 04:03:00.0
patty.delosh.1
Can you please answer this question for me - I can't find the answer anywhere. I'm bringing my small dog to Puerto Rico permanently. My vet is in PA (where I will get a record of all shots/vaccines/microchip). However, I'll be flying out of Ft. Lauderdale more than 10 days after I leave PA. Can I have a different vet issue the certificate of good health? Thank you so much for your help!
Posted on 2014-07-01 13:35:20.0
PetTravel
Hi Patty - any USDA office can certifiy the forms. Puerto Rico will not require it when entering from the US.
Posted on 2014-07-06 12:30:10.0
karly.helloms
What are the requirement of taking sugar gliders? Are they allowed there? Would they have to be kept in crates as well?
Posted on 2014-08-28 01:48:50.0
PetTravel
Kathy - There should not be a problem as Puerto Rico is part of the US system and does not have separate rules for pets entering the territory. If there is a challenge it would be finding an airline that will accept them. We would still suggest that you get a certificate of good health from a veterinarian as even if Puerto Rico does not ask for it the airline may.
Posted on 2014-08-29 02:45:39.0
orlando.gonzalez.9256
Are pit bulls still banned in PR?
Posted on 2014-08-30 21:42:35.0

Hi I'm planning on traveling to Puerto Rico soon and I'm worried I can't take my pit bull. It's there any page I can look up if I can take him? I will appreciate it
Posted on 2014-08-31 15:52:30.0
SoniaColonCalero
I have 4 pugs to relocate to PR. Their ages range from 11 years to 5 years. Their weight range from 16.4lbs to 32lbs. One of them will be getting her rabies vaccine this month the others received theirs in 2013 and aren't due until 2016. Is ther a way to get them to PR together? And are the rabie dates ok. Also I so don't want them
Posted on 2014-09-05 21:10:09.0
PetTravel
Moky - Unfortunately, Pit Bulls are still banned in PR.
Posted on 2014-09-12 12:53:40.0
PetTravel
Sonia - PR will accept your Pug if it has been vaccinated against rabies within not less than 1 month and not more than 10 months prior to importation for the one year vaccine, and not less than 1 month and not more than 34 months prior to importation for the three year vaccine.
Posted on 2014-09-12 12:56:47.0
PetTravel
Hello Ana - PR does not permit the entry of Pit Bulls. You can check with their Embassy or the USDA.
Posted on 2014-09-12 12:58:15.0