Costa Rica Pet Import Rules and Requirements: A Comprehensive Guide

Making a Big Move? Let's Ensure Your Pet Comes Along!

Whether you're retiring, relocating for work, or embarking on a new adventure, arranging pet transport to Costa Rica is an important part of your journey. While the process may seem daunting, with proper planning and adherence to import requirements, it's possible to make this transition smooth and stress-free for both you and your furry companion.

At PetRelocation, our aim is to provide you with all the necessary information and support to safely bring your pets to Costa Rica. Let's dive into the key requirements and steps involved in pet transport to this vibrant and welcoming country.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Costa Rica

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

  • Microchip: While not required for pets traveling to Costa Rica, we highly recommend microchips for all pets traveling internationally for identification and safety purposes.

  • Rabies Vaccination and Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. This should be a one-year rabies vaccine administered at least 30 days before the day of departure.

  • Additional Vaccines:

    • For Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHLPP), as well as Bordetella.
    • For Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
    • Note: These vaccines should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before the export date for maximum effectiveness. Consult with your PetRelocation Specialist to confirm any additional vaccines.
  • Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001): A USDA-accredited veterinarian must fill out this standard Health Certificate and be issued within 10 days of the flight.

  • Copy of Pet Owner's Passport: To successfully clear customs, provide a copy of the pet owner's passport before the pet's arrival.

Crate Training and Comfort: Preparing Your Pet for Travel

  • To ensure your pet's comfort and reduce stress during the journey, we recommend crate training in the weeks leading up to the move. A crate-trained pet will feel much more relaxed in a familiar and safe space.

The Journey Ahead: Let PetRelocation Be Your Trusted Partner

  • Moving to Costa Rica with your pet is an exciting experience, and we're here to assist you every step of the way. With PetRelocation as your trusted partner, you can focus on the adventure ahead while we handle the logistics of your pet's move.

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