Moving Pets to Costa Rica

Find out the process involved when bringing pets into Costa Rica, including any rules and regulations...

It is relatively easy to enter Costa Rica with a pet dog or cat. Many reptiles and small mammals can also be taken into Costa Rica, although there are restrictions on some species.

Other pets, such as parrots and snakes are harder to take into the country. They require permits from the Natural Resources Ministry of Costa Rica and the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species. The paperwork is particularly complex if the animal is an endangered species.

For detailed information on taking an exotic pet into Costa Rica, it is advisable for the pet owner to contact a Costa Rican embassy or consulate in their home country.