Entering Panama with a Pet

Information about the restrictions and requirements when bringing your pet into Panama...

Arriving in Panama

The Home Quarantine Request form should be faxed or emailed three days prior to arrival to inform the airport of the arrival of a pet. Animals arriving in Panama need to be inspected by the veterinarians in the airport and there is a charge for this. The veterinarians are in the airport from 08:00-23:00 on weekdays. Offices are closed on holidays and weekends.The pet may have to be left in the airport until inspection can be completed. In this case, animals are held in their cargo box until the owner and the veterinarian are both present to inspect the animal and complete the paperwork.

The charge for home quarantine is US$130 per animal, paid in cash only. The home quarantine period is 40 days. Any pets arriving with health problems or illnesses are kept in airport quarantine for 40 days and are subject to a daily charge. Pets arriving with no problems may be taken home by their owners and there are no further checks or inspections.

Exotic Animals

Because of the wide range of native species in Panama, the authorities are very careful about allowing exotic pets into the country. Birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, rabbits, invertebrates and tropical fish can be more difficult to import than dogs and cats.

In the case of exotic pets, after the veterinarian has completed the health certificate, the owner must obtain approval from CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

Permission to bring a pet into Panama must be obtained from the Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM). To obtain this permission the owner should write to the Director of the ANAM. The letter should include the pet's name, species, age, country of origin, and health certificate, as well as CITES authorisation. ANAM provides an import authorisation which should be sent to the Departamento de Cuarentena Agropecuaria, Ministerio de Desarrollo Agropecuario (MIDA).

  • MIDA
    Postal Address: Apartado Postal 0816-01611, Zona 5 Panamá
    Tel: 266 2303

Birds and other exotic pets may need import licenses which must be issued before they arrive in Panama.