Everything You Need To Know About Bringing Your Pet To El Salvador

Everything You Need To Know About Bringing Your Pet To El Salvador

Moving to a new country can be a daunting task, especially when you have furry friends to consider. We understand the importance of making sure your pets are well taken care of during the transition. To enter El Salvador, there are 2 procedures: (1) the entry procedure and (2) the exit procedure. These procedures may vary according to the pet you are bringing in with you. Here are a few things to consider for this process.

Which pets are allowed?

According to the Salvadoran Agriculture and Livestock ministry, dogs, cats and rabbits are allowed to come to the country.

Rabbits are subject to review on a case-by-case basis according to the health status of each country.

What about other pets? In that case, you will have to contact the ministry and open an importation case specifically for your pet.

Entry Procedure

These are the requirements for the entry procedure:

  • Submit a complete filled import application. You can download the application at the bottom of this page.
  • Submit a copy of the vaccination record and a copy of the official animal health certificate, issued by the country of origin.
  • Pay import authorization fee, which has a cost of $5.65/ per each application form. The import procedure can be carried out at the entry points of the national territory, International Airport, land borders.

***Something to keep in mind: the pet importation procedure is used once only, after your entry it is not valid for departure. For exit, or return, of the pet to its country of origin, you must start an export procedure.


Exit Procedure

These are the requirements for the exit procedure.

This procedure must be carried out 3 to 5 business days prior to the date of travel to avoid setbacks at the point of departure from the national territory. Also, check with the airline.

  • Fill out the export application for pets with all the data. The application can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
  • Submit the pet’s vaccination record with its complete prophylactic plan according to its age.
  • Submit a health certificate, issued by a veterinarian signed and stamped with an issue date of no more than 15 days.
  • It is not necessary to bring the pet to request the certificate.
  • Pay the amount of the export certificate for each pet. This fee has a cost of $16.95 per pet.

Once you’ve taken care of the necessary paperwork, it’s important to make sure your pet is comfortable during the trip. Regardless of where your pet is traveling, it’s a good idea to pack some familiar items to help them feel more at home. This could include their favorite toys, blankets, or even a piece of clothing that smells like you.

When you arrive in El Salvador, you’ll need to go through customs with your pet. Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork and documentation readily available, as customs officials will need to see it before allowing your pet into the country. It’s important to find a good veterinarian in El Salvador to take care of your pet’s ongoing healthcare needs – hot topic for another blog entry, stay tuned! 😉

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