Sometimes figuring out the pet import rules for a place like Puerto Rico can be confusing—is this the same as moving domestically (within the United States) or do other restrictions apply?
Because Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth, moving pets here qualifies as a domestic relocation if you're coming from a US state. Here's a quick but thorough look at what you need to know about moving pets to Puerto Rico.
Dog & Cat Travel
Pets must have a Vet Health Certificate issued within 10 days of departure. This certificate states your pet is healthy and fit to fly and most airlines require it.
In general, pets should be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before flying.
PetRelocation recommends that pets receive all basic vaccines and also be microchipped for travel.
Note: All breeds of Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, American Pit Bull terrier and hybrids produced by crossbreeding with dogs of other breeds are prohibited from entering Puerto Rico.
Here is a link to information about Puerto Rico pet import rules via the USDA.
We often use United for our clients' flights between the continental US and Puerto Rico, as United has a pet friendly cargo program that places a high priority on safe pet travel. Occasionally, usually for reasons relating to breed or pet size, it may be necessary to seek out an alternate carrier (example: Amerijet).
As you start to plan your trip, remember these basic tips for any pet relocation: choose an airline approved travel crate, help your pet to acclimate to the kennel well before it's time to move, and speak to your vet about any concerns or questions relating to your pet's health.
If you're busy with your own move logistics and feel overwhelmed by your pet's move details, remember that professional assistance is available and can make the process much less stressful.