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                               Flying South with Pets

Argentina is Pet Friendly and there is no quarantine. A certificate stating that the animal
is in good health and has been inoculated against rabies (for dogs and cats) is required
issued by a veterinarian and certified at the nearest Consulate of Argentina. The
certificates must be submitted to the consulate for legalization within 10 days prior the
departure of the animal or otherwise it will be void. Notify the country at least 24 hours
prior to arrival, at the point of entry giving notice of pets on board to ensure attendance
of veterinary surgeon at the arrival airport.

Arriving in Argentina Monday through Friday there is a fee which varies from $13.00 to
$37.00 depending on the time of arrival, on the weekend the fee is $61.00
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Argentina office
Secretaría de Turismo de la Nación (National Tourist Board)
Calle Suipacha 1111, 20°
1368 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (11) 4312 5621
Fax: (11) 4313 6834 E-mail:

Bolivia is a pet friendly country. Dogs and Cats entering Bolivia must have the standard
Veterinary Health Certificate that states the pet was examined prior to departure and
found to be free of any infectious diseases and has been vaccinated against rabies and
other diseases. Again, the certificate should be prepared not more than 10 days before
arrival in Bolivia.

Dogs entering Chile must have undergone, within 15 days of traveling, a clinical
examination where it is established that the pet is free from communicable diseases;
vaccinated against rabies between 1 and 12 months preceding embarkation to Chile
and undergone both an internal and external anti parasites treatment. At the time of
embarkation, the pet must not present any signs of communicable diseases and must
arrive with a certificate issued by a veterinarian accrediting the following:
* Compliance with the sanitary requirements set out above.
* Name, race and age of the pet
* the consignee's name as well as the transportation means used to arrive into Chile.
* A reference to the date of the anti rabies vaccination, indicating the serial number of
the vaccine as well as the number of the certificate of quality control. The certificate
must bear the name, signature and license number of the veterinarian. If the pet is
traveling from the United States the certificate should be stamped by the State USDA

Ecudaor and Guatemala are both pet-friendly. Guatemala does not quarantine healthy
pets if you have the proper paperwork. Have your veterinarian complete the standard
International Health Certificate stating that the pet is healthy and free of parasites. It
must show the dates and types of inoculations. The rabies vaccine must be given more
than 30 days before travel and less than 11 months before travel. Send the completed
certificate to the nearest USDA State office for certification. Take the original of the form
to the APHIS/USDA vet office in your state and they will endorse and stamp them. The
fee is $23 per form...more than 1 animal can be listed on a form. If your vet uses
separate forms for each animal; it will be $23 per form.

If there is not a State office located nearby you can send the forms by mail. Include: The
original of the form Payment in the amount of $23.00 per form A self-addressed,
stamped envelope for returning the form to you.

Each state has an APHIS/USDA state veterinarian. Web site that lists state: http:// Call the USDA Veterinary Services office for
additional information.
The number is (301) 734-8364. Then send the certified form to the nearest consulate of
Guatemala with a check in the amount of $10.00 with a brief cover letter stating why
you wish the certificate issued and a self addressed/stamped return envelope.
Presentation of the Veterinary certificate certified by the USDA and stamped by the
Consulate will allow you entry with your pet in Guatemala.

Mexico is a less pet friendly (dogs are rarely allowed inside homes and more rarely,
inside commerical establishments such as hotels) ... but still does not quarantine
healthy pets arriving from countries, which have a low risk of rabies such as the US &
Canada. You are limited to a maximum of two pets. Have your veterinarian issue a
health certificate stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites. The pet must be
vaccinated against rabies and dogs must be vaccinated against hepatitis and
distemper. If you are traveling from the United States have your veterinarian use APHIS
form 7001. The veterinary certificate should be signed by your veterinarian not more
than 72 hours prior to travel. At the present time a micro chip is not required, however
make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information
for the owner.

You may order the veterinary certificate and instructions for taking your pet to Mexico
online - see the information below.
forms.html Or, order by mail by sending your name and address and a check for $5.00
to cover postage and handling to: Pet Travel, Inc. P.O. Box 1225 Borrego Springs, CA

The same Veterinary Certificate will be suffice if the rabies vaccination has not expired
(12 months from the time it was administered). Be certain that your pet has not picked
up any parasites such as fleas and ticks when in Mexico. (Contact the Mexican
Consulate in San Diego at 619-231-8414 for details.)

Panama requires the standard International Health Certificate preferably no more than
10 days before travel to Panama. The certificate needs to indicate the pets name,
breed, owners name and current country of residency. It should state that the pet is
healthy and free of parasites. It must contain a list of inoculations including type,
manufacturer and batch number. In the case of the rabies vaccination it must be given
more then 30 days before travel and less than 11 months.
Send or take two copies of the completed certificate to the nearest USDA State office
for certification and they will endorse and stamp them. The fee is $23 per form...more
than 1 animal can be listed on a form. If your vet uses separate forms for each animal; it
will be $23 per form.
Send the forms to the nearest Panama Consulate along with a money order for $30.00
and return mail envelopes with postage or express delivery service prepaid. Upon entry
to Panama you will be required to pay a customs fee of approximately $120.00. The pet
will then be released to you for “house quarantine”. You must keep the pet in your
possession at all times.
Visit for hotels that accept pets.

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