Pet travel question: Is it easy to move a dog to Chile?

Name: Sarah B.
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
From: Santiago, Chile
To: New York, New York, USA

I'm planning on taking my dog from Santiago, Chile to the USA in December. Everything that I've read states that I need an international health certificate, a rabies vaccination no less than 30 days before departure, and he will be given a health examination upon entry to see if he has any diseases. I've heard from many people that taking pets internationally is a huge pain and can require 6 month quarantines in some cases. Is it really possible that this is all that I need to do to bring my dog to the US from Chile? I'm a US citizen and I'm just surprised that it's so easy. I want to make sure that there's nothing that I'm missing when I arrive at the airport. -Sarah


Hi Sarah,

We wouldn't go so far as to say that International pet travel is "easy," but it's definitely manageable when you pay attention to the details, educate yourself about the process, and give yourself plenty of time to get everything done!

As for your upcoming trip, take a look at the Chile Pet Import Rules and Regulations on the PetRelocation website. There are a few additional steps to take along with the ones you mentioned, including having your dog implanted with a microchip for identification purposes.

Let us know if you need help with your upcoming move, Sarah. Our Pet Relocation Specialists would be happy to assist you, and we also have an active Facebook community that we welcome you to join.

Good luck and keep in touch!

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