Bringing your Favorite Pet In and Out Of Costa Rica

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Just don't bring too many at one time!

Just don’t bring too many at one time!

Bringing your Favorite Pet In and Out Of Costa Rica

If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica for a vacation or for any other reason and want to bring you pet with you, then you need to know about a very informative web site which can provide you with a world of information that you need to know about bringing you pet along. (see below)  Costa Rica is a dog friendly country and that means dogs are welcome.   Cats too.  But they aren’t seen as much in Costa Rica as here in the US.

But you need to check with your hotel to see if they allow pets or if there is a surcharge for the pet.

Dog owners in Costa Rica tend to keep their dogs outside, and yes the dogs bark a lot, seemingly at each other, especially at night when we want to get a good nights sleep.

We see a lot of dogs just roaming around in the streets  in Costa   they look fairly under nourished.  These are strays without a home, wandering around looking for food. We  have no way of knowing if these dogs have been vaccinated against rabies, so don’t try to pet them.

German Shepherds seem to be one of the most popular dog breeds in Costa Rica,  often being used as guard dog.

The following is a blog post by by Angela  Passman from

Taking A Pet to Costa Rica

Posted on July 27th, 2009 by Angela Passman

Taking a pet to Costa Rica has it’s upside and downside depending on how you go about doing it.  It you want to travel with your pet on the same plane it is a relatively simple process.  But during the summer months and going back into the United States this gets a little more difficult.

The TSA has made it impossible for an individual to book one’s own pet on a flight entering the US as manifest cargo which is the only way pets that are over 70 lbs (crate and pet’s weight combined) can travel.  They must use a licensed broker or a registered and licensed IPATA agent to book the flight for them.

If you have a smaller pet and the temperature is not over 85 degrees at any point of your travel or in the winter months below 40 degrees you can take your pet as checked baggage.  Provided of course it does not exceed the weight limit.

If you take a pet into Costa Rica as manifest cargo and you are NOT on the same plane, you have a whole other mess if you have not taken efforts to get an import permit well in advance of your pets arrival.  It is guaranteed that your pet will spend at least one night in the customs warehouse (off-site of the airport) in wait of an import permit.

Then there is the paperwork that is required to enter and exit Costa Rica.  Government approved and state USDA/MAG stamped and sealed paperwork.

Taking a pet into or out of Costa Rica is not as simple as taking a child.  Do not take this lightly or your pet will be the one to suffer and you will be unduly stressed with the process.

Please go to Angela’s web page to learn more about bringing your pet into Costa Rica.   Go to the top of her first page and click on Pet Transportation.

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