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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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 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. Up to 5 pets can enter without an import permit.

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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The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Puerto Rico. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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Posted on 2013-10-05 01:36:09.0
Really looking great so far for relocating to Western Puerto Rico
Posted on 2013-10-22 19:15:57.0
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
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
how do pets usually do on an airplane?
Posted on 2014-06-09 03:10:07.0
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
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
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
please email me at 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
Gerard - try United as they are approved to fly into Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Posted on 2014-06-25 04:03:00.0
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
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
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
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
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
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
Moky - Unfortunately, Pit Bulls are still banned in PR.
Posted on 2014-09-12 12:53:40.0
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
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
Would I be able to take my Iguana with me to Puerto Rico if I go on vacation to go see my parents? and what are the requirements that they need?
Posted on 2014-10-03 03:40:26.0

But Puerto Rico have pit bull, I wish can take my over there one belong to my step daughter
Posted on 2014-10-04 21:29:17.0
My service dog is a pit bull- mix. What are the regulations with service animals and banned breeds, if any?
Posted on 2014-10-04 22:58:28.0
There may be registered Pit Bulls in Puerto Rico, but the Department of Agriculture has listed them as banned from import. You may want to email them and inquire.
Posted on 2014-10-05 04:29:49.0
Hillary - that is a tough question. The ADA rules regarding service animals would apply for Puerto Rico therefore the animal would be allowed into a hotel etc after it was in the country. But Puerto Rico bans the breed from being imported and it is unclear whether the ADA would override that. There is also the issue of finding an airline who would transport a pit bull into PR. If that can be arranged, then you should get something in writing from the Department of Agriculture so that a customs agent who may be unclear on the regs for service animals doesn't cause problems.
Posted on 2014-10-05 20:49:40.0
Jessica - your question required some research. Will update the post.
Posted on 2014-10-06 03:59:40.0
In other sources I have seen that a dog must be vaccines not later than 6 months before traveling to Puerto Rico from continental US. What info issl correct?
Posted on 2014-10-30 07:04:28.0
Maria - rabies vaccination must be given more than 30 days prior to entry.
Posted on 2014-11-01 18:00:54.0
I'm relocating to San Juan area from Florida..I'm bring a family of pit bulls ..4 to be exact. How can I get them there... They are service dogs...
Posted on 2014-11-04 02:35:54.0
Does my dog need a NYC license to travel to Puerto Rico? I applied for one about two months ago and I haven't gotten the license yet. They told me that they were backed up. I need to travel to PR as soon as possible!
Posted on 2014-11-13 16:11:07.0
Irma - you need proof of rabies vaccination with the manufacturer and expiration of the rabies vaccine. Your vet should be able to provide this information. You will also need a health certificate issued within 7 days of travel. You can find details and links to forms and instructions here if you need them:
Posted on 2014-11-14 12:32:57.0
Richard - You could try Delta Cargo.
Posted on 2014-11-14 12:59:18.0
Thank you!!
Posted on 2014-11-15 02:43:01.0
Please check with Puerto Rican authorities to be sure pit bulls are not banned from being brought to the island.
Posted on 2014-12-04 01:02:44.0
I have a 45-lb whippet-lab mix. Puerto Rico makes the paperwork pretty easy, but how do I physically get her there while avoiding cargo? Has anyone attempted this?
Posted on 2014-12-04 01:08:30.0
hello, we want to come to puerto rico with our chihuahua in february. It mentions that we should have a proof of ownership with us, so what does that exactly mean? Will his hospital bills count, ones that have my name along with my dog's name on it? Does he have to be licensed in the state that I live in (California)? We got him about four years ago, but he isn't officially license, so would we need to do that to bring him with us?
Posted on 2014-12-04 06:26:57.0
We are not familiar with any commercial ships that sail between the US and PR.
Posted on 2014-12-05 03:20:23.0
Vyoma - your pet should be licensed in the state in which you live. that said, veterinary history should be sufficient.
Posted on 2014-12-05 03:25:53.0
Unless you are staying in the US, then your documentation will be fine. You may want to verify that there are no export requirements from Belgium.
Posted on 2014-12-07 02:46:22.0
PetTravel I meant air cargo. :-o
Posted on 2014-12-08 17:39:07.0
Camille McCutcheon Camille - 45 pounds is too big to travel in the cabin. The only animals that large permitted to travel in the cabin of commercial aircraft are medically certified support animals or ESA (Emotional Support Animals). Otherwise, you will need to look into private charter aircraft.
Posted on 2014-12-11 04:44:02.0
I to ship a American Bully over to Puerto Rico. What All do I need to do
Posted on 2014-12-20 04:52:10.0
Hello Deke, Yes, a heath certificate is required for pets as well as service animals travelling into Puerto Rico showing they have a valid rabies vaccination.
Posted on 2014-12-23 19:36:39.0
Hello Jossh, Currently, Puerto Rico has breed-restrictive legislation banning the import or ownership of certain dogs. This includes the American Bully as it is a mix of APBT and Bulldog.
Posted on 2014-12-23 19:47:28.0
Does the time of year matter when we fly our dog into San Juan? I've heard it cannot be over 82 degrees. Any truth to this?
Posted on 2015-01-14 22:16:07.0
Shannon - it is true that the airlines can refuse to transport live animals in the cargo hold if the temperature exceeds 84 degrees anywhere on the route. (known as the summer heat embargo) This is for your pet's safety.
Posted on 2015-01-17 14:26:38.0
i understand the breed restrictions but what do they do to determine breed. one of my dogs is a boxer mix. and the other is a 30lb who knows what
Posted on 2015-01-28 16:08:17.0
Can you important toucans into puerto rico?
Posted on 2015-01-28 18:54:13.0
I have a pet capuchin monkey. Can I take him to puerto rico with me and does mist airlines allow u to put under seat?
Posted on 2015-02-13 19:58:16.0
Tom - where are the birds coming from?
Posted on 2015-02-18 03:53:35.0
Allison - appearance and temporment surely play a part. Boxers are not banned and your other pet does not sound like a problem but it should not be mistaken for a banned breed in appearance. Your vet would certainly put "mixed breed" on the health certificate.
Posted on 2015-02-18 03:57:13.0
Gala - you may want to contact the Department of Natural Resources with your inquiry as we do not have information on importing a monkey to PR. It would not be permitted to travel under the seat in front of you, but could travel in the hold according to your airline's requirements, most likely as manifest cargo.
Posted on 2015-02-18 04:00:26.0
What if my "boxer mix has some pitbull qualities but on his dog license it says boxer.
Posted on 2015-02-18 04:48:47.0
Also what if we are active duty military and get stationed there. Same rules apply?
Posted on 2015-02-18 04:49:35.0
Tom - if a Toucan is considered a parrot, (not sure about that), then it will need a permit number from the Department of Agriculture, a health certificate and proof that it is has been individually tested for Chlamydia Psittacocis, Avian and New Castle diseases. If your bird is considered exotic, then additionaly requirements of the Department of Natural Resources of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico will apply.
Posted on 2015-02-19 13:03:24.0
Can i take 3chihuahua at a time,, i am moving to p.r they all weight less than 6pounds
Posted on 2015-02-19 14:39:00.0
I'm moving back to Puerto Rico would like to take my cockatiel with me. What do i need as far as paperwork?
Posted on 2015-02-20 01:01:57.0

Retired and moving to the Beautiful Island of Puerto Rico. I've been seeking to buy a TEA CUP BOODLE. Is it easy to find them at all? . And where can I start looking.
Posted on 2015-02-23 21:30:48.0

I will surely wait for a response and thank you again for help. Carmin.
Posted on 2015-02-23 21:32:53.0
Marcey it depends on the country you are entering PR from. If it is from the US, then you can find regulations here!ut/p/a1/pVPLUoMwFP0WFy4zuUAgYdn6KK2t70fLhrlCkCgvIXbUrxcQR6fa2lE2Ibnn3OSck1Cfzqmf41LdoVZFjmk7951gcuKZxhDM8Wh0MITx8eH0lB9NTDhjDWDRAPZGA4_xKQAwYcJ4f-jtc3cGMHZW-BfuQcO_PpyJKbdOvA8-rPkG8Bv_hvrUD3Nd6oQusExUHYRFrmWug1TdVli97EKNQfFUBXERPtXdTGVlUelAPrdDt4K5yjB9r5ZSB7rCpUx3IdR9qefUbbVu9yxDFdEFWABCciBogCDsNowIOgKJRJdJtEzDjnmvcYOIXzzuNG6AHNk9YFMMHWCDz4vmkHztIV1GLz5Vx3bEgEVADFeYhDnIiGtZkjiNbBNsiCxu0MkW0av7x0d_0ATYRvas6XzbBPtQEompTr5mqnJdBC3oe3JJkcl2U7Oa7c3uGi2oE6LyuKDzb3w6X8NftWklLP7Vpq0ux2SLF_Znm_590dfa1ffp_j_7_GRb16fMrq4yYb2Qh3MBlp0up97rZZzdiHqw8waIIL0S/?1dmy&urile=wcm%3apath%3a%2Faphis_content_library%2Fsa_our_focus%2Fsa_animal_health%2Fsa_import_into_us%2Fsa_entry_requirements%2Fct_import_live_animals
Posted on 2015-02-24 02:49:04.0
Carmen - we really don't get involved with breeding pets. You may want to look in the US as the USDA requires all breeders to be licensed.
Posted on 2015-02-24 02:50:59.0
Allison Vardakis the same rules apply, but the military vet can endorse the forms.
Posted on 2015-02-24 02:51:47.0
You can bring your Chihuahuas to PR. they will need proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to import. Your airlines may need a health certificate.
Posted on 2015-02-27 01:29:47.0
Hi chow chow are legal in Pierto Rico
Posted on 2015-03-06 00:39:14.0
Hello ERnesto - Chow Chow dogs are not on the banned breed list. However, they must not display aggressive behavior.
Posted on 2015-03-10 04:46:54.0
going back to PR, are American Staffordshire are ilegal even is they are services dog???
Posted on 2015-03-14 00:31:52.0
I have a boxer mix. What do I need to do. To take her to Puerto Rico. I moving there whit all my family.
Posted on 2015-03-19 15:27:43.0
Hi Luis - your pup will need proof of rabies vaccination no sooner than 30 days prior to entry and a health certificate (in Spanish or translated to Spanish) issued by your vet within 7 days of travel to enter Puerto Rico. If you are flying from the US, have your vet complete an APHIS 7001 form. You will have both of these forms endorsed by your State USDA office prior to flying. You can find details and links to forms and instructions here if you need them: Find an airline that flies the entire route the most direct way possible.
Posted on 2015-03-22 14:13:21.0
Maritza - service animals are subject to the same regulations as other dogs when entering Puerto Rico. They do not have ADA exceptions that we are aware of.
Posted on 2015-03-22 15:08:53.0