Pet Travel Questions: Import Requirements for Moving Pets to Colombia

Anyone who has ever tried to relocate a pet has learned that each country has its own way of doing things, and just to make things even more challenging, nations often change their import requirements from year to year, as well.

Recently we've heard some questions about shipping pets to Colombia, a country that in the past has followed breed restrictions and has not allowed cats to be brought in from certain countries. Unfortunately doing a quick internet search might reveal outdated information, so we wanted to share the latest Colombia pet import rules as we know them.

Here is some updated information regarding importing pets to Colombia:

  • Cats are allowed entry into Colombia, and must meet the standard requirements as followed.
  • Pets need to have a health certificate (the original and a copy in Spanish) issued by a veterinarian 48 hours before shipment. This must certify that the pet does not have any infectious or parasitic diseases. The certificate must include race, sex and age of the animal.
  • Dogs need to be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus.
  • Restricted dog breeds include the following, as well as any mixes of these breeds: Staffordshire Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier , Pit Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier.

More information about bringing pets to Colombia can be found on the USDA website, and you're always welcome to contact for assistance.


PetRelocation Team




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