Ecuador Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Ecuador does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Ecuador 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.
Provided it is over 3 months of age, your pet must be vaccinated for rabies between 21 days and 12 months prior to entering Ecuador.
Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, and Parvovirus. Dogs entering Ecuador from Australia can have a Microscopic Agglutination test in lieu of the Leptospirosis test.
Cats should be vaccinated against RinotraqueÃtis, Panleucopenia and Calicivirosis.
In each case, the date of the vaccination, type and brand of the product must be recorded on the health certificate.
Rabies Titer Test
Dogs and cats entering Ecuador from countries in Africa, Asia, the European Union and Oceana (including Australia) should be accompanied with the results of a rabies titer test processed at a government-approved laboratory.
A USDA or CFIA-accredited veterinarian must complete the Veterinary Certificate for Ecuador in Spanish within 10 days of travel for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA respectively if your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada.
If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the governing authority responsible for the import and export of pets should endorse the forms.
If your dog or cat is entering Ecuador by land or in the cabin of an aircraft, an import permit is not required. For dogs and cats entering Ecuador as air cargo, an import permit is issued after inspection by the Agrocalidad inspectors. There is a fee for this service.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment administered by a licensed veterinarian is required within 21 days of entering Ecuador and recorded on the health certificate.
Pets may enter Ecuador via the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport in Guayaquil or Carlos Concha Torres Airport in Esmeraldas. Pet dogs and cats can also enter Ecuador by land at International Bridge Rumichaca at Carchi, Loja or El Oro. .
Calling the Ecuadorian Agency of Quality Assurance in Agriculture 72 hours in advance of arrival is recommended to there will be a veterinarian available at the time of clearance.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens less than 4 months of age should be vaccinated for rabies and other diseases listed in step #2 prior to being imported to Ecuador. Rabies vaccinations should not be administered prior to 3 months of age.
Ecuador does not publish a list of banned breeds.
Pet owners planing to export their pets from Ecuador must have an export health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and a tapeworm treatment. The health certificate is valid for 7 days. There are additional requirements for dogs, cats and ferrets traveling to the European Union.
You will need an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture for any pet other than a dog or cat entering Ecuador. Birds can enter from the United States and Argentina. Parrots can be imported from Spain.
Ferrets must be over 3 months of age, neutered, microchipped, be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 6 months of entry and have a rabies titer test, have two parasite treatments within 15 days of transport and be isolated at least 30 days before entry.
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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