Can your pet accompany you during your trip to the Dominican Republic? Find out everything you need to know on related formalities in this article.
Your pet will probably be part of your trip if you are planning to travel to the Dominican Republic. Formalities to be filled in are not too complicated, but it is best to be aware of related conditions before proceeding. You can either inquire with the Dominican embassy or consulate in your home country, or with the Dirección General de Ganaderia and the Ministry of Agriculture.
If you are traveling to the Dominican Republic with your pet from a country other than the USA, the following conditions have to be met:
- your pet should have a signed health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian not more than 15 days before the scheduled date of departure
- the health certificate should clearly indicate that the animal is in good health, as well as your name and address, your pet's identification details, namely its name, breed, sex, color and age
- your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies a maximum of 12 months before the scheduled date of departure. Subsequently, a rabies vaccination certificate has to be issued, but it is not necessary for less than three months old animals.
Your pet must be examined by a veterinarian within 72 hours prior to the scheduled departure date. It must be free from any infectious diseases and have been treated against external parasites.
To be authorized to enter the country, your pet must come from a region which has been free from any serious and contagious disease for the last three months.
If you are coming from the USA, your pet's health certificate has to be issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian and approved by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). This certificate should mention your name and address, as well as your pet's details such as its name, breed, sex and age.
Your pet must also have been vaccinated against rabies at least 12 months and not less than 30 days before the scheduled date of departure. The rabies vaccination certificate must have been dated on the vaccination day and must specify the product's name and its serial number. Note that the vaccination certificate has to be produced along with the health certificate.
Good to know:
If you are not making a commercial pet import, you do not have to seek the approval of the Dominican consulate in your home country. Otherwise, you are required to contact the Dirección de Ganadería de la Republica Dominicana.
To import cats and dogs to the Dominican Republic, you have to request for an import permit from the Dirección General de la República Dominicana de Ganadería. In the case of other animals, the request has to be made to the Santo Domingo Secretariat of the Ministry of Agriculture. A quarantine period may apply if necessary.
Note that Santo Domingo is the country's only airport having quarantine facilities.
Any infraction regarding import regulations may lead to the animal's expulsion from the country, or even to euthanasia. Moreover, bird import is prohibited.
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Dirección General de Ganaderia www.ganaderia.gob.do
Ministry of Agriculture www.agricultura.gob.do
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