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Pets to bring into Costa Rica
Bringing your car to Costa Rica
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Pets to Bring into Costa Rica

To enter Costa Rica, pets need a completed, approved health certificate. These certificates are obtained from the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud), and completed by your veterinarian at home. To get the authorisation, forms should be presented in person, but may be faxed if necessary. At the customs, you must present the authorisation (valid for 30 days) and your pet will be released into your care. Be aware that in order to return you will need an additional form that is completed by a Costa Rican vet and authorised again - this may take a few days so don't leave it until the last minute.

Cats and dogs are not quarantined. You walk right through custom and immigration with the proper paperwork. Shots (except rabies!) must be current within 30 days of transporting the animals. Rabies shots must be over 30 days but less than one year.

Often folks want to bring birds, snakes, rodents (ok... rats, gerbils, etc.) and these often require an entirely different set of policies and rules. They also change more frequently. Some birds, especially the hook bills, parrots, or any endangered species may require a variety of permits. Some may even require an export permit. Check with your relocation advisor for current information well before travel time.





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