Rules for Transporting Bengal Cats
Does Costa Rica have any travel restrictions when it comes to domestic Bengal cats? My cat is an F-6 Bengal cat. She has some “wild blood” in her ancestry, but it's very far removed and she is a domesticated pet (like regular house cat).
I know, for example, in Hawaii Bengal cats are not allowed to enter the state at all. Also, is there a quarantine period?
Thanks for contacting us, we'd be happy to direct you to a few pet travel resources. First, please review the pet import requirements for Costa Rica via the USDA.
As you'll see, there is no quarantine for pets entering the country provided they meet these rules as outlined, and there is no mention of breed restrictions regarding Bengal cats.
You're welcome to double check the most up-to-date information by contacting the Costa Rica Ministry of Agriculture, but because your cat is so far removed from her original ancestry, it's very doubtful this will be an issue.
As for general pet travel advice, we recommend looking over these frequently asked pet travel questions and these cat crate training tips (along with choosing a pet-friendly airline, pet crate training is a very important part of pet travel).
To enter Costa Rica, cats need proof of an updated rabies vaccine and an International Health Certificate (as you'll see when you follow the USDA link above).
Please let us know if you think you'd like some assistance with your move, and good luck with your relocation to Costa Rica!
Pet Transport Question Details:
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Bengal
From: MA, USA
To: Costa Rica