Pet Travel Q&A: Shipping a Dog to Puerto Rico

Hi PetRelocation,

What pet requirements are needed to send my puppy to Puerto Rico and how much will it cost?




Hi Rafelina,

Thanks for the question! To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Puerto Rico.

As you can see, because Puerto Rico is a US commonwealth, pet shipping from the continental United States is not considered international and you will only need domestic health certificates and proof of current vaccinations.

Be aware that we recommend waiting until a dog is at least 16 weeks old before traveling. This allows time to receive all vaccinations and also to be strong enough to withstand the experience of traveling. 

The cost of your dog's move will depend on a number of factors. The bulk of your costs will be related to pet air travel, as you will need to book a plane ticket for your puppy on a pet-friendly airline and you will need to purchase an airline-approved travel crate if you do not already own one.

Additionally, depending on your travel arrangements, you might need to hire a ground transportation service to take your puppy to the airport in New York and pick him up in Puerto Rico.

If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door pet relocation services, you can contact us here to get the discussion started. We've helped many pets move safely and would be happy to help you, too.

Thanks for your question, and good luck with your move!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Rafelina
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Mini Pinscher
From: Albany, NY
To: Vega Baja, Puerto Rico


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in July 2013 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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By Ibeth on March 16, 2018 at 10:05 pm

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