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Attention:  This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.

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. 

Pet Travel Rules and Requirements for Ecuador

1) Microchip:  Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785- otherwise the pet will need to be sent with it’s own scanner attached to the top of the crate.

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 4 weeks before arrival.

Cats:  Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP), and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks 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.  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) USDA Endorsement:  The below referenced forms:

  • Microchip Implantation Record

  • Vaccine Certificate(s)

  • International Health Certificate – APHIS Form 7001

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.

5)  All original documentation must travel with the pets.



Doctor Guau Urdenor

Primera Etapa Mz 112 Villa 16

Guayaquil, Guayas

+2312 Ecuador

Telephone: 593 4 227 5709 Fax: 593 4 227 5709


Dr. Michael R. Whittington Dr. Liliana Sotomayor

Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm

Information: Practicing in Ecuador Pet Organizations

Asociación Ecuatoriana de Registros Caninos Calle Azuay 269 y Avenida Republica, Apartado Postal 17-08-8548, QUITO

Phone: 00 593 / 2 247 170 - 00 593 / 2 229 551 Fax: 00 593 / 2 247 170

Ecuador or the Republic of Ecuador is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, by Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean on the west. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 965 kilometers (600 miles) west of the mainland. Ecuador straddles the equator, from which it takes its name, and has an area of 256,370 square kilometers (98,985 mi²). Its capital city is Quito; its largest city is Guayaquil.

Capital: Quito

Languages: Spanish

Currency: U.S. dollar (USD)


Ecuador has three main geographic regions, plus an insular region in the Pacific Ocean:

  • La Costa, or the coast, comprises the low-lying littoral in the western part of the country, including the Pacific coastline.
  • La Sierra ("the highlands") is the high-altitude belt running north to south along the center of the country, its mountainous terrain dominated by the Andes mountain range.
  • El Oriente ("the east") comprises the Amazon rainforest areas in the eastern part of the country, accounting for just under half of the country's total surface area, though populated by under 5% of the population.
  • The Región Insular is the region comprising the Galápagos Islands, some 1,000 kilometers (620 mi) west of the mainland in the Pacific Ocean.

Ecuador's capital is Quito, and is located in the province of Pichincha in the Sierra region. Its largest city is Guayaquil, located in the province of Guayas in the Coast. Cotopaxi, which is located just south of Quito, in the neighbouring province of that same name, is one of the world's highest active volcanoes. Mount Chimborazo (6,310 meters) is considered to be the most distant point from the center of the Earth, given the ovoidal shape of the Earth, which is widest at the equator.Ecuador is one of seventeen megadiverse countries in the world according to Conservation International.


There are only two real seasons in Ecuador - the rainy season and the dry season - but there are significant variations among the geographical regions, and temperature is often a factor of altitude. Even during the rainy season, most days are sunny until the afternoon.


Escape Artist, www.escapeartist.com, a site mostly dedicated to off-shore investments and retirement havens, provides useful information for expatriates in Ecuador.

Meetup, www.meetup.com, lists group meetings in cities around the world to help bring people with common interests together and promote the development of active local communities. Check out the Ecuador section, listing groups all over the country.