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Argentina Pet Passport & Import Regulations

Argentina Flag There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Argentina as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats.


Pet Microchip

pet microchip

Argentina does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip; however, it is strongly recommended to identify your pet with a microchip before traveling internationally as it is the best form of pet identification.

The microchip should be implanted by your veterinarian, veterinary hospital or trained nurse. You should receive documentation as to the manufacturer of the microchip and instructions how to register your pet's information in the manufacturer database.

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.

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pet rabies vaccination

Your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies not less than 21 days and not more than 36 months prior to entering Argentina.

If your dog or cat is originating from a country that is considered as rabies-free by the World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH), rabies vaccination is not required to enter Argentina; however, an permit will be issued and vaccination must occur within 5 days of entry.

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Rabies Titer Test

Rabies Titer Test

A rabies titer test is not required to enter Argentina from any country.

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Import Permit

pet import permit

An import permit is not required to import a pet to Argentina when accompanied.

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Pet Health Certificate

pet health certificate

Within 10 days of entry, a licensed or government veterinarian in the origination country must issue the pet health certificate for Argentina. An alternate copy translated into Spanish is also strongly recommended. If the health certificate is not translated, then a National Public Translator will need to perform this service during customs clearance.

The certificate must be endorsed by a government veterinarian representing the agency responsible for the import and export of live animals if export procedures in your country mandate it. These certificates must be submitted to the consulate for legalization ONLY if you are importing animals for commercial purposes. Personal pets do not require the consulate stamp of approval.

You will be expected to present the original health certificate to veterinary officials when custom clearing your pet.

Argentina will accept EU Pet Passports from EU countries, Switzerland and Norway. The passport should be in Spanish or translated to Spanish or a National Public Translator will be assigned at customs clearance.


Internal and External Parasites

internal and external parasite treatment

Before your dog or cat can enter Argentina, it must be treated against internal and external parasites by a licensed veterinarian within 15 days of transport with products approved in the origination country.


Entering Argentina by Air


Pets can enter Argentina by air via Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires.

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.

Your airline must notify the station manager at the point of entry, at least 24 hours prior to arrival, giving notice of pets on board in order to ensure the attendance of the veterinary surgeon at the arrival airport. There is a $25 USD customs fee that will be added to your airway cost if you are traveling in or out of Argentina.


Puppies and Kittens

Argentina puppy or kitten import

Puppies and kittens under the age of 3 months should not be vaccinated for rabies and can enter Argentina without a vaccination certificate. They must have a pet health certificate and the issuing veterinarian must state that the puppy or kitten originates from an area where rabies has not occurred in the past 90 days.


Banned Breeds

Banned dog breeds in Argentina

Argentina does not publish a list of banned breeds.


Exporting Pets from Argentina

export pets from Argentina

If your pet is traveling from Argentina, it will need an international pet health certificate issued by SENASA You will need to furnish evidence of current rabies vaccination and pay a small fee. You will need to present all required documentation for your destination country.


Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

All other animals entering Argentina will need an import permit and health certificate for entry.

Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.



CITES endangered turtle

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 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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