Pet Transport Question: Planning Dog Travel to Puerto Rico

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Dear PetRelocation,

I want to bring my dog with me on vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico for 10 days.

What type of paperwork will I need for her? Is it necessary to have a rabies vaccination within 30 days of the trip?

Thank you,



Hi Michelle,

Thanks for your question! Pet travel to Puerto Rico, even for a few days, means complying with the stated import requirements. Since Puerto Rico is a US Commonwealth the rules are identical to the United States (it is essentially the same as traveling from one state to another). 

So what do you do, exactly? This an overview of the Puerto Rico pet import rules, which do include showing proof of an updated rabies vaccine (administered at least 30 days before travel) and having a vet health certificate stating your dog is fit to fly. When you return to the United States you'll need to show correct US pet import paperwork (making sure it's still up to date).

You'll also need to research the rules of the airline you're flying with, choose an airline approved travel kennel, and help your dog get used to being in the crate to help her enjoy as smooth and easy a trip as possible.

If you have any further questions and would like some assistance, please contact us to discuss your options.

Thanks for reaching out, and have a great vacation!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Michelle
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Terrier Mix

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PetRelocation Team




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