Keep in mind
- Transportation of pets as baggage to Barbados is restricted by disposition of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of this country. Cats and dogs always travel to Barbados as checked baggage; the passenger who travels with this kind of animals must go through customs at their arrival, where the pet will be examined, in the Animal Reception Center, to approve their entry into said country.
- The service is not available for flights from and to London because of the restrictions imposed by the Animal Reception Center.
- Transport of live animals to Galapagos Islands is not accepted.
- By regulations in the islands of Aruba and Curacao, entry of pets and groceries is prohibited. This restriction does not apply for roosters.
If you travel to international destinations
Learn about some overall conditions to travel with pets to the following countries:
Species, identification, breed, sex, age and fur of the animal must be indicated in this certificate. Also, internal and external anti-parasite treatment of the pet, with duly authorized products in the country of origin must be certified.
Passengers who travel to Spain with pets must consider the following:
- Passengers coming from any country to Spain, who wish to transport dogs and cats during the flight, must carry the European Passport for transport of pet animals or the vaccination card of the animal. The document must be issued by a veterinary doctor, endorsed by the competent authority, and certify that the animal complies with the requirements indicated below:
- A valid rabies vaccine has been administered to the animal.
- If necessary, the animal has had preventive sanitary measures applied for other illnesses.
- It is necessary that dogs or cats may be identified through electronic systems. It is considered that they comply with this requirement if the animals are provided with:
- Electronic Identification System (transponder):it is a passive read-only radiofrequency identification device. it must be ISO 11784 compliant, use HDX or FDX-B technology and be read by a reading device compatible with ISO 11785. If you do not have any of these electronic systems, provide the way in which the identifier shall be read.
- Regardless of the animal identification system used, you must ensure that it has the name and address of the pet’s owner.
To travel to Colombia with dogs and cats you need:
- Original Sanitary Certificate: it must be issued by the official sanitary entity of the country of origin, have maximum validity of 10 calendar days and be sealed and signed. This document must prove that the pet:
- Was submitted to a clinical test and is free from contagious and parasite diseases.
- Does not have recent wounds or in the process of scaring.
- Has a valid vaccination schedule.
- Is suitable to be transported.
- For transportation of small birds you must process a request for mobilization or permit with the Cuencas Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Black-Nare Rivers (CORNARE) before your trip.
- For trips to international destinations, you must comply with the requirements of each country. In this case, please attach the Certificate of Sanitary Inspection, which is issued by the agricultural authority of the country of origin (country of origin is understood as the place where the flight begins). One of the requirements to obtain the Certificate is a document in which a veterinary doctor exposes the general health condition of the animal and in which their breed, sex and age are specified; copy of the valid vaccination card of the pet in accordance to their age and species must be attached.
- Certificates of Sanitary Inspection – issued by the authorities of each country for pet transportation on international routes – may have costs that must be assumed by the passenger.
- You must also present the pet for proper inspection. The validity of the Certificate of Sanitary Inspection depends on the authority of each country, in case of ICA in Colombia it as a validity of 24 hours.
- As from February 17th of 2006, every pet (dogs and cats) 4 months or older, that are going to enter Porlamar (Margarita Island) must present a rabies vaccination certificate, issued by a veterinary doctor, valid for one year.
- On national flights, aggressive breeds (American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman, Bull Terrier, De Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Staffordshire and Japanese Tosa), 35 cm tall or more, must travel in the baggage hold in a metallic container.
Passengers who travel to Panama with pets must consider the following:
Pets with destination Panama, require the certificate of good health of the animal issued by the sanitary authority of the place of origin and notarized before the Consulate of Panama of the country of origin.
You must present the Export Certificate for small species issued by the Sanitary Authority of the country of origin, in which there is proof that it is vaccinated against rabies.
You must notify the arrival of the pet(s) three days in advance, completing the request for Home Quarantine form, which may be found at email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Quarantine Department of Panama, in charge of control of entry of pets to that country, is available at the Tocumen airport, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, pets may be accepted, nevertheless, passengers must be informed that they will remain in the Airport kennels, and a Veterinary Doctor from the Quarantine Department must be contacted, who will come to the airport, this service has a USD130 fee per animal and must be paid in cash. If for any reason you cannot cover the cost, you must leave the pet at the Quarantine Department until Monday when the doctor returns and carries out the corresponding procedure for entry of the pet to Panama.
- Health certificate
- Vaccination certificate in the form of the Health Physicians Collegiate (light blue form).
Legal restrictions by breed
According to Article 108-E of Chapter XIII of Law 746 of July 19th, 2002, given the high danger level, "the importation of Staffordshire Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers or of canines that are the product of cross-breeding/hybrids of these breeds is prohibited into Colombian territory".
If the pet was born in Colombia, it can be taken out of the country, as long as the owner processes the corresponding permit allowing it enter again.