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Dogs and cats entering Costa Rica


Import health requirements for dogs and cats

Dogs and cats entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, and endorsed by a Veterinary Service (VS) veterinarian. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to travel to Costa Rica.
Health Certificate Statements
The dog/cat was examined and found to be healthy and free of any clinical signs of infectious disease.
 
The animals were vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus.
    Vaccination Requirements
    distemper
    hepatitis
    leptospirosis
    parvovirus
    rabies – for animals 4 months or older
      Requirement
      The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to travel to Costa Rica.
      Use a State of Federal US Interstate and International Certificate for Small Animals.
       
      Enclose rabies vaccination certificate.
        Note
        The Health Certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it have to be authenticated by the Consulate of Costa Rica.




        Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit.