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Pet Passport Costa Rica

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Pet Passport Costa Rica

This package contains information and detailed step by step instructions on importing your dog or cat to Costa Rica. If your pet is not traveling to Costa Rica, then you can select the country your pet is traveling to by sclicking here to select a pet passport for another country.

Carefully following these instructions will make clearing customs easier and quicker. The instructions will also help to avoid having your pet denied entry, put into quarantine or returned to your country of origin.

Our information is constantly being updated to keep it current.

Your pet can enter Costa Rica with proof of current rabies vaccination administered at least 21 days of entry. Costa Rica does recognize the 3 year rabies vaccination if your pet has one.  A health certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian is also required and must be endorsed by the USDA if your pet is originating in the United States. An alternate health certificate must be in Spanish or bi-lingual with one language being Spanish. Included are both the English and Spanish versions of the health certificate.

An internal and external parasite treatment must be administered by a licensed veterinarian between 10 and 30 days of entry.

An import permit is required for pets entering Costa Rica unaccompanied, as air cargo or for breeding or commercial purposes.

With the package, you get detailed instructions, USDA endorsement instructions and FREE unlimited email support both for you and your veterinarian, should either of you have any questions.

Also included at no additional cost are forms for your pet to enter Costa Rica:

  • Veterinary Health Certificate for Costa Rica (English version)
  • Veterinary Health Certificate for Costa Rica (Spanish version)
  • Ticks and Tapeworm Certificate
  • Airline Health Certificate
  • Inoculation Record - keep your pet's vaccination records in one place for easy customs clearance
  • Pet Passport Folder - (Free with First Class Mail Delivery Options above) Click Here to View

Further Requirements for importing your dog or cat to Costa Rica:

ISO Pet Microchip - Not required, but recommended for pet identification
Rabies Certificate - Required - available from your veterinarian
Rabies Titer Test - Not required

Delivery Options (select above):

Email - faster delivery - you can print multiple copies of forms and instructions if you need to.
First Class Mail - we print instructions and forms and mail to you. There is a cost for printing and postage with this option.

Additional Information:

It is our objective to prepare the traveling pet owner for all entry requirements that may arise as a result of traveling by air, sea or ground. Enforcement may not be consistent in every country or on every airline, and having proper documentation will better ensure that no problems will arise during your travels.

If you purchase our instructions and forms prior to 30 days before you travel, please check back with us to make sure there have been no changes in the rules or forms required to take your pet to Costa Rica. All updated instructions and forms are provided by email free of charge.

Find more information on importing your pet to Costa Rica.


We cannot offer refunds on pet passport packages unless there is a problem with the information or forms provided.

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Airline Pet Policies for your airline
Pet Passports for other countries worldwide
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Pet Carriers - Airline or auto safety compliant

Have a crate for your pet already? Get only what you need to update your pet crate.

Have a carrier for your pet already? Get pet pads and accessories for it here.

  • 5
    Costa Rica pretty passport

    Posted by Lize MacDonald on 1st Dec 2018

    Seems to have all of the paperwork I need for my service dog to travel with me to Costa Rica... Thank you...


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