Importing Pet Animals into Colombia

Understand the import documentation required when moving pets to Colombia, and the vaccinations required...

To bring cats or dogs into Colombia the following documentation is required to be shown at the border gate:

  • International Health Certificate (Certificado Sanitario): Endorsed if necessary and valid for at least ten days, this must be issued by the health agency in the country of origin. It must state that the animal was subject to a clinical examination up to eight days prior to travel and that it is free of diseases and capable of making the journey. The certificate must state species, breed, age, sex and colour
  • Certificate of Vaccination (Certificado de Vacunación): Stating the vaccination plan in force, the product name and the date of administration. Animals must be vaccinated against rabies (between one and 12 months prior to entry), Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus (DHLPP) for dogs and Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicvirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP) for cats

Once the health status of the animal has been verified at the border gate, the Certificado de Inspección Sanitaria (CIS) is issued. There is a cost for this; fees can be found on the ICA website.

Micro-chipping is not compulsory but is highly advisable where appropriate.

No import licence is required for personal pets accompanied by their owners. Pets travelling without their owner and other animals, including commercial stock, require an importation licence in order to enter the country.

Dangerous Dogs

According to Article 108-E of Chapter III of Law 746 (9th July 2002), Colombia prohibits the importation of certain breeds of dog. These include:

  • Pitbull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Pitbull Terrier
  • Cross breeds of the above

Further details regarding importation of animals are available online on the ICA website (in Spanish). Questions can be sent via email.

Guide Dogs

Airlines make allowances for certain dogs to travel in the cabin outside of their travel crate. Avianca, which is Colombia's biggest airline allows for the following:

  • Guide Dogs: Do not count as live animal transport and no surcharge is made to the passenger for the transport and weight. The owner must be in full control of them at all times
  • Search and Rescue Dogs: Can travel when in uniform, on a double leash, wearing a collar and identified with breastplate, microchip and certificate
  • Emotional Support Dogs: Recent documentation (no more than one year) from a medical health professional justifying the need for the animal is required
  • Find out more from Avianca

Other airlines may differ so it is advisable to outline specific requirements with the chosen carrier.