Costa Rica

Import / Transit Requirements for Cats and Dogs into Costa Rica


A microchip should be implanted before or at the same time of the rabies vaccination.
Please note the microchip that has been implanted must be able to be read by an ISO compatible reader.


Rabies Vaccinations

A valid rabies vaccination is required, the rabies vaccination has to be older than 30 days and not older than 1 year prior to departure.

Annual Vaccinations

Annual feline and canine vaccinations has to be older than 30 days and not older than 1 year upon arrival.

Dogs: Canine Distemper, Canine Infectious Hepatitis, Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Bordetella (Kennel Cough).

Cats: Feline Calicivirus, Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus, Feline Panleukopenia Virus, Feline Chlamydia.

Health Certificate and Treatments

The pets have to be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a private veterinarian certifying compliance with the above requirements and this Health Certificate must be stamped & signed by the SA State Vet. The Health certificate must be done within 10 days of travel.

All cats and dogs entering Costa Rica are required to have external and internal worming treatments, administered by a registered veterinarian these treatments will be done with the health certificate.

~ Our clients will be supplied with the correct & filled in Heath Certificate.

Import Permit

An import permit is needed, you can either have Global Paws contact an agent on your behalf or contact an licensed broker yourself for assistance.