Brazil Pet Import Rules and Requirements

Are you a pet owner looking into pet transport to Brazil? Set yourself up for success by learning about the rules and requirements for exporting pets to this South American country.

To start, all dogs must have an implanted microchip to help with identification. When bringing a dog to Brazil, authorities will also ensure your dog has had a rabies vaccine, and it’s recommended that each pup has vaccinations for Bordetella, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP). Additionally, a treatment for parasites is necessary prior to travel as well as a health certificate completed by an accredited veterinarian within 10 days of departure.

Read on for more information about the requirements for bringing pets to Brazil, and turn to your PetRelocation Specialists for personalized help with managing the process successfully.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Brazil

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. Brazil currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain (the rabies vaccine can be a 1,2 or 3 year vaccine). The vaccine must be administered at least 30 days and less than one year before the date of departure.

Additional Vaccines

Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

Parasite Treatment

Each pet must receive an internal and external parasite treatment (Drontal and Frontline are recommended). The treatment given, manufacturer name, active ingredient and date must be listed on the Brazilian Health Certificate with the vet's signature.

Vet Health Certificate

The Brazilian Health Certificate is to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian. It must be issued within 10 days of the flight.

USDA Endorsements

The following must be endorsed by the USDA. Please ask your PetRelocation Specialist about the best way to manage this.

  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vaccine Certificate
  • Brazilian Health Certificate (provided by your PetRelocation Specialist)

Additional Details

In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of pet owner's passport
  • Copy of pet owner’s Brazilian Visa (if available)
  • Copy of Tax Payer's Card / CPF (if available)
  • Copy of Brazilian Temporary Residence Card (if available)
  • Copy of Pet Owner's Boarding Pass for Trip to Brazil
  • Power of Attorney (must be notarized and can be prepared in Brazil)

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