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Requirements for Importation /Exportation of Cats & Dogs
 

TO BRING YOUR DOG OR CAT INTO COSTA RICA

The dog or cat must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, and endorsed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) veterinarian. That endorsement needs to be done by the APHIS Veterinary Services Area Office in your home state. Contact information for that office can be found on the  Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), then clicking on, "Travel with my pet", on the right side. Additional information shall include: 

Certification Statements 

  1. The dog/cat was examined and found to be healthy and free of any clinical signs of infectious disease. This examination should be conducted within 2 weeks of the departure date.
  2. Dogs were vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, Leptospirosis, parvovirus and rabies.
  3. Cats were vaccinated against rabies.

Vaccination Requirements

  1. See Certification Statement No. 2 above.
  2. Animals over 3 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies.

Other Informatio

  1. It is recommended that an International Certificate (APHIS FORM 7001) for Small Animals be used.
  2. The health certificate should be made out in duplicate.
  3. The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the Costa Rican Consular office.
  4. Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an Import Permit. Personal pets (dogs or cats) do NOT need an Import Permit.
  5. The official rabies vaccination certificate must accompany the health documents and is valid for the period of the vaccine (1 or 3 years).
  6. The dog/cat and supporting documentation will be inspected/reviewed upon arrival to Costa Rica.

TO TAKE YOUR DOG OR CAT FROM COSTA RICA BACK TO THE UNITED STATES.

  1. You will need a Certificate of Good Health from your veterinarian in Costa Rica and an authorization issued by the Costa Rican Ministry of Agriculture (SENASA-Departamento de Cuarentena Animal).
  2. Normally, your Costa Rican veterinarian can take care of all the required authorizations. If he/she does not, you will also need to visit the Ministry of Agriculture directly to obtain the authorization. The Ministry (SENASA- Cuarentena Animal) is located in Barrial de Heredia, Jardines del Recuerdo, 2 Km West, 400 Meters South, Heredia. Telephone number: 2260-8300 Ext. 2024 or 2093 or 2260-9046. 
  3. You will need to take with you to the Ministry the following stamps, which can be purchased at most book/stationary stores: one “fiscal” stamp of ¢25.00 and one “archivo” stamp of ¢5.00. 

To pay the required fee, you must deposit ¢4,717.00 (please confirm the correct amount with SENASA before depositing since amounts change frequently) into one of the following accounts:

BANCO No CUENTA MONEDA NOMBRE CUENTA CLIENTE
Banco de Costa Rica 001-262585-7 COLONES Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal  1520100102 625857
Banco de Costa Rica 001-259744-6   DOLARES Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal  1520100102 5974467
Banco Popular y de Desarrollo Comunal    161-010-089-1-019474-1 COLONES Servicio Nacional  de Salud Animal  161010089 10194741
Banco Popular y de Desarrollo Comunal  161-010-089-2-001776-5 DOLARES Servicio Nacional  de Salud Animal  161010089 20017765
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica 100-01-061-000890-1  COLONES Servicio Nacional  de Salud Animal  151061100 10008909
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica 100-02-061-600392-3  DOLARES Servicio Nacional  de Salud Animal  151061100 26003920
Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago  105519621 COLONES Servicio Nacional  de Salud Animal 15302001055 196219
Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago  105519622  DOLARES  Servicio Nacional  de Salud Animal 

15302001055 196225

 

It takes approximately ONE to TWO working days for the Ministry of Agriculture to issue your authorization. 
This should be done within 30 days of your trip to the U.S.


IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT THE COSTA RICA APHIS OFFICE.
TEL. (506) 2290-4548, FAX (506) 2296-3556.