I have written about this many times before but some things bear repeating time and time again 🙂 . There is so much bad information out there!!! Just this weekend I learned of another poor animal dying because someone received BAD information, information they received from an airline.
This poor cat came into Costa Rica last week from Canada. After many hours in flight and many more unnecessary hours in the customs warehouse because the paperwork was not in order. The cat was finally released to the owner but it was too late. The cat was severely dehydrated. It was rushed to the veterinarian but passed away the following day.
ALL pets coming as manifest cargo MUST have an import permit!!! This permit must be applied for 4 business days prior to the pet arriving with the Senasa. In order to apply, the Senasa must have a copy of the pets vaccination records. Any pet over 3 months old must have a current rabies vaccination that is under one year. No exceptions under any circumstances to this rabies law. No puppies under 3 months and no dogs with rabies over one year old will be permitted entry into the country.
The permit cannot be applied for by an individual. It must be applied for through a broker and there is a process that must be followed. The original is held by the agency that is clearing the pet through customs. The owner cannot do this themselves without the pet spending much unnecessary time sitting on pallets in the customs warehouse.
This is only a brief outline of some of what you need to know when moving to Costa Rica with pets. For more information, contact our pet moving division at World Pet Travel.
You can read of some of their moves at testimonials and you can also learn here how to contact them directly.