Relocating Pets to Colombia
Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country in South America. It is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea, the northwest by Panama, the south by Ecuador and Peru, the east by Venezuela, the southeast by Brazil, and the west by the Pacific Ocean. Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It has an enviable climate and some of the best forests, beaches, rare species of plants and animals, and is home to diverse cultures.
Colombians love their pets so it should come as no surprise that it is a very welcoming country for pet owners. In fact, Colombia’s capital is striving to become a pet paradise, with numerous parks, pet “universities”, pet-friendly restaurants, pet pampering and the city’s famous ciclovia every Sunday, which gives the city’s dogs, at least, the chance to enjoy a good, long run with their families.
While planning a trip to Colombia, one must keep the following steps in mind-
- It is recommended to microchip your pet with an ISO compliant 15 Digit pet microchip.
- Dogs must be vaccinated for rabies more than 30 days prior to travel and before the vaccination expires. Cats should be vaccinated against Feline Panleukopenia, Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus. Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus. Vaccination against leptospirosis is recommended but not required.
- While a Rabies Titer Test is not mandatory to enter Colombia, it is mandatory to have an internal and external parasite treatment done for pets.
- Pets travelling to Colombia must have a complete veterinary health certificate within 7 days of arrival. An import permit is not required for personal pet but is mandatory for commercial use.
- Pets can enter the country at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota or the José María Córdova International Airport in Medellin during normal business hours. Pets can arrive in the cabin, checked baggage or air cargo.
- After landing, you can collect your pet from the Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario (ICA) office in the airport where they will examine your pet and its original documents. ICA offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ICA office in Bogota is open 24 hours.
- All pets must be free of any disease communicable to humans upon arrival in Colombia.
- Colombia bans the import of the following breeds- Staffordshire Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Mastiff, Rottweiler or their crosses.
As you start planning your trip overseas, you should consider hiring professional assistance to make your pet’s relocation safe, smooth and hassle-free. AirPets relocates hundreds of pets every year to and from India and is very thorough with its process. You can get in touch with us at +91-9257-123-123 or write to [email protected] for a professional consultation.