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Before beginning the import procedures, make sure that your vet is approved by the Government Veterinarian Authority in the country of origin.   For example, if an animal is departing the United States, the vet will need to be USDA Accredited.  Requirements in Summary1) Pet Immigration Form:  Ahead of time, obtain a pet immigration form from the Ministry of Agriculture (M.A.G) in Costa Rica. The form cost 20,000 colons (roughly $40.00) and is good for a one-month period from date of issue. Have this form with you when you pass through customs at the airport in Costa Rica.2) All animals need to have Full Vaccinations:Dogs:  Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Leptospirosis, (DHLPP) Corona Virus, Parainfluenza, and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 30 days before arrival.Cats:  Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP), and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 30 days before arrival.  3)  International Health Certificate:  Your vet should have these in stock.  It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask.  This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet within 10 days of departure.  This form need to also state that the US is free of African Horse sickness and Rift Valley Fever and that your pet(s) have not traveled to regions affected with these diseases.  Depending on the logistics of your particular pet relocation and the specific health certificate being used (APHIS Form 7001) an additional USDA Endorsement maybe required on this health certificate.  Speak to your PetRelocation.com specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.4)  Pet Quarantine Permit:  The quarantine permit must be issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Control ("Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganaderia"). It costs $22.00US (twenty-two U.S. dollars) per pet. You can file for this permit prior to your pet's arrival through a Custom Agency, in person if you are already in Costa Rica, or through a third party that represents you.5)  A personal letter stating pet's market value or a document that proves it, such as an invoice. 6)  USDA Endorsement:  The below referenced forms:•    Pet Immigration Form•    International Health Certificate – APHIS Form 7001All documents above must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval.  Please contact your PetRelocation.com representative on the best way of handling this.7)  All original documentation must travel with the pets.

VeterinariansVeterinaria de ROHRMOSER San José Tel. (506) 231-5276 / 5278 Emer. (506) 297-1010 E-mail:fpatiño@racsa.co.crDR STARKE Clinica Veterinaria San José Tel. (506) 253-7142 Fax. (506) 225-5555 E-mail:drstarke@racsa.co.crVETERINARIA DEL OESTE San José Tel. (506) 232-1963 / 290-6020 Emer. (506) 225-2500 E-mail:vetosa@racsa.co.crCLINICA VETERINARIA ESCAZU San José Tel. (506) 228-1909 / 288-1716 Fax. (506) 289-9989 / Emerg. 225-2500 E-mail:vetdoc@racsa.co.crCLINICA VETERINARIA RAYMA, Dra. Chang Diaz San José Tel. (506) 228-4971/0745. Fax. (506) 288-0063 E-mail:mechang@sol.racsa.co.crVEHASA HOSPITAL VETERINARIO San José Tel. (506) 254-1920 Fax. (506) 254-3560 E-mail:vehasa@racsa.co.crVETERINARIA Y MASCOTAS CRESPO San José Tel. / Fax. (506) 288-1086 E-mail:lulicu@racsa.co.crCLINICA VETERINARIA TIBAS San José Tel. (506) 235-1580 E-mail:vicorella@hotmail.comSUPER PET, Ltda. Todo Para su Mascota San José Tel. (506) 225-6474 Tel. (506) 20-1686 / 224-5464 E-mail:oechandi@hotmail,comVETERINARIA-La Mascota San José Tel. (506) 225-6797 Fax. (506) 281-3148 / Emerg: 253-5259 E-mail:vmascota@racsa.co.cr CEFA Veterinaria, Su distribuidor Amigo San José Tel. (506) 220-3040 Fax. (506) 290-0108 E-mail:jnunez@cfa.co.crBitter Dr. Veterinaria Ctro. Com. Del Sur Tel. (506) 227-5017 Fax. (506) 226-3890Clínica y Farmacia Veterinaria del Sur San Fco. de Dos Ríos Tel. (506) 227-1141 Veterinaria Guadalupe Guadalupe Tel. (506) 224-8176Veterinaria Hatillo, S.A. Hatillo Tel. (506) 254-1920 Pet StoresAnimal Conection Pet Shop Escazú Tel. (506) 228-2081AHPPA (Asociacion Humanitaria Para La Proteccion Animal De Costa Rica)

Geography

The country is divided by a backbone of volcanoes and mountains, an extension of the Andes-Sierra Madre chain which runs along the western side of the Americas. Costa Rica has four distinct cordilleras or mountain ranges -- Guanacaste and Tilaran in the north, Central and Talamanca in the south. Costa Rica is part of the Pacific "Rim of Fire" and has seven of the isthmus's 42 active volcanoes plus dozens of dormant or extinct cones. Earth tremors and small quakes shake the country from time to time.

The last major quake hit on April 22, 1991. Centered on the Caribbean side southeast of San Jose, it measured 7.4 on the Richter scale. The country's highest point is Mt. Chirripo (3,797 meters). The capital, San Jose, and the neighboring major cities of Alajuela and Heredie lies in the middle of the Meseta Central (Central Valley). Almost two-thirds of the nation's population live in this small, fertile valley. The Pacific coastal plain is much narrower than its Caribbean counterpart. Both coasts are lined with white and black sand beaches. The geographical coordinates are 10 00 N, 84 00 W .Costa Rica has the total area of 51,100 sq km including landarea 50,660 sq km and  440 sq km water,where Isla del Coco is also included.Border countries are Nicaragua 309 km, Panama 330 km .

Capital       San Jose

Languages  The Boruca language (also known as Bronka or Bronca) is the native language of the Boruca people of Costa Rica, Bribri language is a tonal language spoken by the Bribri peoples from Costa Rica, Chorotega, Limón Coastal Creole, Spanish are the other languages.

Climate:

Costa Rica is a tropical country which contains several distinct climatic zones. There is no winter or summer as such and most regions have a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. Annual rainfall averages 100 inches nationwide with some mountainous regions getting as much as 25 feet on exposed eastern slopes. Temperature is more a matter of elevation than location with a mean of around 72 degrees in the Central Valley, 82 degrees on the Atlantic coast and 89 degrees on the Pacific coast.

Costa Rica's climate is renowned as an atmospheric treat. Costa Rica’s year round climate is pleasant with naturally occurring breezes, cooling down most of the coastal areas. Temperatures in the highlands and mountains are not so cold, especially during day, producing an 'eternal spring' feeling. The average annual temperatures range from 31.7°C (89°F) on the coast to 16.7°C (62°F) inland. The rainy or green season lasts from May to December with noticeably drier days during the rest of the year.

Mild subtropical conditions prevail year-round, and discomforting temperature extremes and prolonged periods of gray are practically nonexistent. Temperature varies mainly according to elevation, the higher the cooler. The brunt of the rainy season lasts from May through November, while a brief dry spell pays a visit from February to April. Costa Rica's rain falls mainly on the Caribbean coast, giving the Pacific a much more arid climate.

PET TRAVEL - COSTA RICA IMPORT RULES AND REQUIREMENTS (pdf)

We Love Costa Rica, www.welovecostarica.com, is a website for Americans and Canadians living in Costa Rica, with useful links, resources and information

Living Abroad in Costa Rica, www.livingabroadincostarica.com, a comprehensive and informative site hosted by the author of Living Abroad in Costa Rica, Erin Van Rheenen.