Pet Travel and Moving to Panama with Animals

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

Pets should be properly vaccinated and documented to be brought into Panama. There is no limit on how many animals an individual can bring in at any one time.

Importing a Pet

A local veterinarian, authorized by the relevant government animal agency, should examine the pet and prepare a standard International Health Certificate no more than ten days before departure. The form must indicate the pet's name, breed, and the owner's name and address.

It must state that the pet is free of parasites and in good health and should include a recent list of vaccinations. A rabies certificate is also required. If the animal has an identification and recovery microchip implanted, this needs to be documented.

The health certificate may need to be endorsed by the relevant agency in the owner's country.

A home quarantine request form should also be completed.

The form must be authenticated by a Panamanian consulate in the owner's home country (there is a fee for this) and then faxed or emailed to the Ministry of Health in Panama, three days before arrival in the country.

Importing a pet from the US

If importing a pet from the USA, a local veterinarian who is accredited with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) should examine the pet and prepare a standard International Health Certificate no more than ten days before departure.

The certificate should be obtained well in advance of travel. If it is sent by mail, there can be delays with the postal system. For the owner to go in person to obtain the certificate an appointment must be made and it can often be more than a week before one is available.