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Costa Rica import requirements change often, so please verify the current import need for your pet as soon as possible to prevent any delays in departure.  As of August 2017:

Import requirements for DOGS moving to Costa Rica:Summer Holiday Dog

  • Rabies MUST be over 30 days less than 3 years.
  • DHLP-(Distemper / Hepatitis / Leptospirosis / Parvo-virus) MUST be less than one year.
  • Ecto and Endo worming treatment 15 days or less of transport.
  • International health certificate, endorsed by the governing agency of your country. Health certificate must be less than 10 days old at entry.
  • ALL pets arriving as manifest cargo (on their own airway bill or ticket) MUST have an IMPORT PERMIT prior to arrival.
  • Pets flying as excess baggage (checked in at the passenger terminal with you) does not require an import permit.

Import requirements for CATS moving to Costa Rica:

  • playful_kittenRabies MUST over 30 days less than 3 years.
  • Ecto and Endo worming treatment within 15 days or less of transport.
  • International health certificate, endorsed by the governing agency of your country.  Health certificates must be less than 10 days old at entry.
  • ALL pets arriving as manifest cargo (on their own airway bill or ticket) MUST have an IMPORT PERMIT prior to arrival.
  • Pets flying as excess baggage, checked in at the passenger terminal with you, does not require an import permit.

Pets flying with their owners do not need an import permit ONLY when they are flying as excess baggage (checked in at passenger terminal).  If owner and pet are on the same airline, but the pet is checked in at a cargo terminal/office, they MUST have an import permit. Puppies and kittens under 3 months old are not required to have a rabies vaccine or the other vaccines listed above.

An import permit must be acquired by a properly licensed broker.Website bird pic

For the requirements for moving a bird to Costa Rica, contact one of our pet travel specialists.

Please do NOT attempt to bring a bird into Costa Rica without blood tests and permits.