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4 Oct

We have 2 cats and a dog coming with us to CR.

Yin & Yang

Tobey and his girlfriend. (Don't ask.)

When traveling with pets, it’s important to know the requirements of your destination country in order to ensure a smooth experience.  In cases where you have not met the criteria your pets can be placed in quarantine, be returned home at the expense of the owner, and if that’s not financially possible, the pets can be put down.

Here are the requirements:

  • Your pet will need a Costa Rica Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and certified by the USDA or CFIA depending on the country of origin (United States or Canada).
  • You will need to carry a personal letter stating your pet’s market value or a document that proves it such as an invoice. Or, you may provide this information on the Veterinary Certificate.
  • If you are planning to stay in Costa Rica for an extended period, you will need to obtain a pet’s home quarantine permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Control in Costa Rica. To expedite your Customs procedures, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Control of Costa Rica suggests that examination be conducted within two weeks before your departure. You can also obtain this permit from the nearest Costa Rica Consulate.

All of the necessary documents are purchased in a packaged called “Pet Passport Forms” along with all information needed to process them.  Luckily, Costa Rica does not quarantine healthy pets assuming all of the above is fulfilled.


  • We still need to call the airline and get them booked on our flight.
  • Purchase these Pet Passport Forms and fill them out asap.
  • Get their rabies shots and whatever else the forms require.
  • Buy them soft sided carriers.