Leaving Panama with a Pet

Information about the restrictions and requirements when leaving Panama with an animal…

Requirements for exporting pets depend on the destination country. Generally, a health inspection, vaccinations and possibly the installation of a microchip are all required. In the case of the export of exotic animals, the owner must complete an agricultural quarantine (cuarentena agropecuaria) before leaving the country and the Ministerio de Ambiente de Panamá must be contacted.

Details of the pet's name, species, age, country of origin, and health certificate should be included. An export authorization is provided, which should be sent to the following address:

As requirements for importing animals vary greatly between countries, it is advisable to obtain 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 Panama.

Specific requirements for a number of countries can be found below:

  • Australia: The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service has information on bringing cats, dogs and other pets to Australia.
  • Europe: 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:
  • New Zealand: Biosecurity New Zealand provides information on the requirements for bringing animals into New Zealand.
  • United Kingdom: The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) provides information for bringing pets to the United Kingdom.
  • USA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide information on the requirements for bringing animals into the USA.