Leaving Colombia with a Pet

Find out about the rules and regulations when leaving Colombia with a pet..

On travelling to international destinations it is important to comply with the necessary requirements for the country in question.

Standard documentation when travelling abroad from Colombia includes:

  • Health Inspection Certificate (Certificado de salud del animal) for the destination country available from a veterinarian in Colombia, issued no more than three days before travel
  • Vaccination certificate (Certificado Sanitario) stating the date of the last vaccination
  • CIS Certificate (Certificado de Inspección Sanitario - CIS) issued by Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario - ICA at El Dorado Airport. This can be done up to three days before travelling

On domestic flights within Colombia, only the vaccination card of the dog or the cat is required as documentation.

Dangerous Dogs

According to Article 108-E of Chapter III of Law 746 (9th July 2002), dogs born in Colombia that are considered dangerous, may be taken out of the country providing the owner first processes the corresponding permit allowing it to enter again.

  • Further details on taking pets abroad from Colombia can be found on the ICA website (in Spanish). Questions can be sent via email

Requirements for importing animals vary greatly between countries and it is advisable to obtain all the necessary information from the authorities of the destination country. Some countries require a lengthy quarantine period while others will not accept animals from Colombia at all.

The requirements of some countries for importing pets can be found below:

  • USA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information for bringing pets to the USA. In addition to the general requirements, need to explicitly state that the animal is free of the Cochliomyia hominivorax
  • Canada: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) provides information for bringing pets to Canada
  • United Kingdom: The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) provides information for bringing pets to the UK
  • Australia, Aruba and Curazao: These countries do not currently allow the import of animals from Colombia
  • New Zealand: Biosecurity New Zealand provides information for bringing pets to New Zealand
  • Panama and Brazil: To bring animals into these countries, the certificate provided by the ICA must be apostilled
  • South Africa: The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) provides information for bringing pets to South Africa (PDF)
  • EU Countries: The European Pet Passport allows animals that hold one to freely cross borders within the zone. The Europa website provides information for bringing pets to European Union Countries