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Moving Pets

Bringing pets into Ecuador from the United States or another country is often a complicated affair, but it is not impossible by any means. In fact, if you do comprehensive pre-research and have all the documents in order, the process should go pretty smoothly. Make sure to contact the Ecuadorian consulate and your airline for the most up-to-date information, because requirements are always changing.

At least ten days prior to coming to Ecuador, you will need to take your pet for a travel health check-up in your native country. It will need to be checked/treated for parasites have been vaccinated at most 25 days before departure, and have a certificate of this evaluation. Don't forget to keep all vaccine documentation, both the copies and the originals. At the veterinarian, you should be able to get a pet travel certificate as well; just inquire about this during the check-up. After the check-up, you must go one step further and receive a certification from the state veterinarian's office to confirm that your veterinarian is registered in your state. This documentation must then be notarized before it will be considered valid. All documents must be in English and in Spanish.

Once you have completed these steps, you will have to go to the Ecuadorian consulate nearest to you and register your pet for travel purposes. Check ahead with the consulate and come prepared, as there are instances when the pet must be there in person and others when photos of the pet will suffice. Also, keep in mind that there will likely be a fee of $50 or more, which usually needs to be in cash.

At least 72 hours before arriving in Quito, you should contact the Ecuadorian Agency of Quality Assurance in Agriculture (AGROCALIDAD) with flight arrival and carrier information (Tel: 02-256-7232). A representative from this office will usually meet you once you arrive in Quito.

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By Jena Davison

I am a curious, passionate and free-spirited travel writer, currently working as a Staff Writer and Editor for V!VA. Shortly after...

31 Oct 2013

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