Requirements and Documentation

Find out the requirements for bringing a pet into and out of Brazil...

To bring cats or dogs into Brazil (excluding for commercial purposes), the following documentation is required:

  • International Health Certificate for animals (Certificado Zoosanitãrio Internacional - CZI). The international health certificate is issued by a licensed veterinarian ten days before departure, and must show no disease present. The certificate must also confirm that no incidence of contagious disease has been detected in the place of origin up to forty days before departure.
  • A certificate of vaccination against rabies for any animal over 90 days old (obtained 30 days before entry in the case of animals vaccinated for the first time). This must be valid for at least one year
  • Proof of owners full name and address including state and country
  • Documents showing the animals name, breed, gender, size, color, coat and any other specific markings
  • Copies of all relevant documents for animals imported as cargo

Failure to comply with all requirements will result in the immediate return (at the owners cost) or destruction of the animal. Quarantine facilities do not exist when importing domestic animals.

The same requirements apply to guide dogs.

Travelers may need to validate their CZIs at the Brazilian consulate in the animal's place of residence before departure. This procedure is only required for certain countries, as per Law 6946 of 21 August 2009. Countries that do not need CZI validation include the USA and UK, and countries that do include Australia and Belgium. This should be checked with the Brazilian consulate before departure.

Leaving Brazil With a Pet

Cats and dogs bought in Brazil may be exported for non-commercial purposes to other countries, providing they satisfy the criteria of the destination country. The same documentation is required as for an animal entering Brazil (see above):

  • International Health Certificate
  • A certificate of vaccination against rabies
  • Proof of owners full name and address including state and country
  • Documents showing the animals name, breed, gender, size, color, coat and any other specific markings

The exportation of other animals may be restricted (particularly in the case of rare and endangered species) and prior authorisation is needed from the Ministry of Agriculture.

As requirements for importing animals vary greatly between countries, it is advisable to get all necessary details from the authorities of the destination country. Many countries may require a lengthy period of quarantine or may not allow the pet to enter directly from Brazil.

Details of the requirements of some countries for importing pets:

  • United Kingdom: the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) provides information for bringing pets to the United Kingdom. For details: Click here
  • USA: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide information on the requirements for bringing animals into the USA.
    For details: Click here
  • European Countries: The European Pet Passport allows qualifying domestic animals to freely cross borders within Europe. The Europa website provides information on the requirements for bringing animals into the EU.
    For details: Click here
  • Australia: the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service has information on bringing cats, dogs and other pets to Australia.
    For details: Click here
  • New Zealand: Biosecurity New Zealand provides information on the requirements for bringing animals into New Zealand.
    For details: Click here