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INTERNATIONAL PET TRAVEL REGULATIONS

More and more of us are now traveling with our pets - after all, it doesn't seem like a real vacation if we are not all together. Whether it is a trip from one state to another within the US, one country to another within the EU or to other countries worldwide, many people are enjoying their trips with their pets each year. To have our pets join us, however, takes some real planning, especially the first time traveler.

You must contact your veterinarian to obtain and prepare the necessary certificates, including (if you are going to travel internationally) obtaining the additional signature of a Federal Veterinarian on the health certificate. Finally, always verify all information with the official representative of your destination; the State's Dept. of Agriculture or the Country's Consulate/Embassy, as well as finding out your originating state or country's rules for re-entry.

Although most countries allow you to enter with your pet, some countries impose restrictions to dissuade you from last minute and short-term visits. Sometimes it may be a better choice to leave our pets with a caring friend or neighbor.

Call the Embassy or Consulate of your destination country to confirm while you are planning your trip. They are usually very helpful and provide you with the most up-to-date requirements and additional advice for traveling with your pet.

Ask the Embassy or Consulate about quarantine policies. If quarantine is required, ask them where the local containment areas are, whether you will need a reservation and what the cost will be.

Ask Embassy or Consulate what the required documents are, where you can obtain the necessary forms and whether you may use your own veterinarian to certify them or whether you need to have them certified by a veterinarian or official from the country you will be visiting.

Ask Embassy or Consulate about vaccinations, tests required, and the procedure for clearing customs.

Always check with your home country to find out what the re-entry requirements are.

Tell your home Embassy/Consulate where you are traveling to, how long you will be staying and ask what the requirements are for reentry. They also may have useful information regarding traveling with your pet on their website.

Check the airline you're planning to travel with your pet and determine what their pet policies are. The Airline Transport Association in conjunction with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has put together a comprehensive pet travel page that will answer your questions on how to ship your dog and cat by air. It includes Preparing in Advance, Ready for Flight, Interline Transfer of Animals. And Helpful Tips
http://www.air-transport.org

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a page that may be helpful on Tips for Safe Air Travel: http://www.hsus.org

NOTE: Travel permits and certificates are valid for limited time periods. Make sure your documentation will be valid during your travel dates.

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Traveling to or within:
North America
Europe
Africa
South America
Asia

Certificate of Veterinary Inspection
International Health Certificate
Import Permits
Microchip?
Pet Travel Scheme (P.E.T.S.)
Quarantine
Rabies Vaccination Certificate



Rabies Vaccination Certificate:

Many countries throughout the world have quarantine requirements because of their concern for transmitting rabies. The United States is one of those countries that is not rabies free, and therefore there are certain restrictions when taking your pet to a country outside the United States. Even Hawaii, although part of the United States, has a quarantine policy for those coming from the mainland U.S.

One requirement of most of the countries on our list is a Rabies Vaccination Certificate. This can be prepared by your veterinarian. A second requirement is a Health Certificate. This also is usually filled in by your vet. Each state has its own form, usually prepared in multiple copies and-for International Travel-requires not only your veterinarian's signature, but that of a Federal veterinarian. Your vet can take care of that for you also, but make sure you're aware of the various timing requirements by the country to which you are bringing your pet.

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Import Permits:

Many of the countries listed below require an Import Permit. These can be obtained by contacting the ministries of the country you'll be visiting. You can get specific information by using the links (Tourist Board & Email) provided in the listing.

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Certificate of Veterinary Inspection:

This can be prepared by your veterinarian.

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International Travel with Pets:

Traveling internationally can be wonderfully rewarding and many people now wouldn't think of traveling without their pet. Just as it takes extra planning to travel between countries for people, it also requires additional preparation for our pets. These requirements may seem daunting at first, but as long as you allow sufficient time to prepare, ask the right questions, and organize the right procedures, you'll be Okay.

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Quarantine:

If there is a quarantine period, then you need to consider whether bringing your pet makes sense in terms of the amount of time you are staying in that country.

Some countries require quarantine periods up to 6 months. You need to consider whether it makes sense to bring a pet along on vacation if he will have to be put in quarantine.

Most countries require a Rabies Vaccination Certificate - usually prepared by your APHIS accredited Veterinarian. There are time restrictions for when the shots should be administered.

Most countries also require an International Health Certificate - usually prepared by your APHIS accredited Veterinarian. The IHC attests to your pet's health, lists tests given and shows their results. It is often required to be in the language of the country to be visited and must bear their official seal.

Many countries require an Import Permit - which is obtained from the ministry of the country to which you're traveling to.

Note: Often, forms are required to be bi-lingual. These may be obtained from the Embassy/Consulate of the country to be visited by writing or calling. Addresses and numbers are listed with each country below.

Note: Starting in July 2004, the EU developed a system by which pets are given Passports, much like ours, which document all pertinent information, and enable them to move freely within the EU. Passport requirements include "microchipping" your pet.

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Microchip?:

A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is easily and quickly injected under your pet's skin. It is no more stressful for them than getting a regular vaccination. Each microchip has a unique ID code, that together with details of your pet's health status are held on a computer database. Scanners are then used to read the information so that if you get separated from your pet, he can be identified and you can be notified.

A Microchip is a much more reliable form of pet identification because it is permanent - the traditional collar and engraved tag can become detached and lost. Still, most people whose pets are Microchipped continue having their pets wear a collar and tag too. Your veterinarian will know all about it.

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Pet Travel Scheme (P.E.T.S.):

Great Britain has always had a strict quarantine requirement for pets arriving from other countries. Now, however, if you are from one of their acceptable European countries and Long Haul Countries (includes the U.S.), you qualify to undertake their P.E.T.S.

With the P.E.T.S. there is no quarantine period. It also means that you must follow a certain procedure that takes a full six months to complete. The Pet Travel Scheme requires pets to be microchipped, vaccinated, tested and certified. Beginning in July 2004, the European Union requires all pets to be microchipped.

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Africa:

Ghana:
No quarantine
Rabies and Health certificate required
Rabies vaccination must be given within 6 months of travel
Health certificate must be certified less than 10 days before travel
No import permit required

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Kenya:
No quarantine required
Rabies vaccination must be given no less than 30 days and no more than 1 year before travel
Health certificate must be current
Import Permit required

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South Africa:
No quarantine required
Rabies vaccination must be given no less than 60 days and not more than 1 year from date of travel
Health Certificate must be current
Import Permit required

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Zimbabwe:
No quarantine required
Rabies vaccination must be less than 1 year old.
Health Certificate must be current
Import Permit required

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Asia:

Guam:
Quarantine: 120 days or if you qualify, Thirty (30) Day Quarantine
Alternate Program, including a Ninety(90) Day Home Quarantine.
Confirmed reservation at an approved quarantine facility.
For details: http://ns.gov.gu
Rabies vaccination must be given no less than 30 days and no more than 1 year prior to travel
Health Certificate must be issued within 14 days of travel
Cats require feline distemper, pneumonitis and feline leukemia immunizations
Import Permit required

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Hong Kong:
No quarantine required
Rabies vaccination must be less than 1 year old
Health Certificate must be current
Cats need vaccinations for Feline Panleukopenia cats and Feline Respiratory Disease Complex

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India:
No quarantine required
Rabies vaccination must be no less than 30 days and no more than 1 year prior to travel.
Health Certificate must be current (and if traveling from the US, must have a USDA stamp)
Import Permit not required

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Japan:
Japanese animal quarantine Laws and Regulations:
http://www.maff-aqs.go.jp/english/index.htm

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New Zealand:
http://www.maf.govt.nz
Quarantine: 30 days
Both Rabies and Health certificates need to be less than 1 year old.
Import Permit is required
Note; If you are arriving from Hawaii, Ireland, Norway, Singapore, Sweden or the UK, you may do an in home quarantine.
There is no quarantine if you come in from Australia or the Norfolk Islands.

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Philippines:
http://www.passport2manila.com
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies vaccination must be no less than 60 days and no more than 180 days before travel.
Import permit is required

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Australia:
http://www.affa.gov.au
Australian Embassy
1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 797 3000
Quarantine: min. 30 days. (no quarantine if you arrive from New Zealand, regulations vary according to country from which you are coming)
Rabies vaccination: no sooner than 90 days and no longer than 1 year before travel.
Health certificate: current
Import Permit: Required

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Singapore:
http://www.contactsingapore.org.sg
Quarantine: 30 days except for pets coming from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK
Rabies vaccinations are given upon arrival before pets are sent to quarantine
Health certificates must be current
All dogs require microchips
Certain types of dogs (ex. pit bull) are not allowed in the country.

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South Korea:
http://www.afcd.gov.hk
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies vaccination must be no sooner than 30 days and no longer than 1 year before date of travel.
Health certificate must be certified no more than 10 days before travel. Those traveling from the US will need a USDA stamp.
Health permit not required.

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Taiwan:
pet requirements
http://www.roc-taiwan.org Taiwan online - Taipei economic and cultural Representative in the US
Quarantine: 14 days
Rabies vaccination must be no sooner than 30 days and no longer than 1 year before travel
Health Certificate: must be up to date.
Import Permit: Required.

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Europe:

NOTE: There is a new EU law "2003/803/EC' concerning the movement of pets within the EU to make it easy to travel from country to country with your pet. It requires a passport http://europa.eu.int

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Austria:
http://www.austria.org (see travel tips)
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies vaccination must be given no sooner than 30 days and not more than 1 year before travel.
Health certificate must be current.
Import Permit: not required
Austrian Embassy
2343 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 483-4474
(202) 895-6750

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Belgium:
http://www.diplobel.us
Agricultural Office
3330 Garfield St, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 625-5839
Fax: (202) 342-2683
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: must be given no sooner than 30 days before and no more than 1 year before travel.
Health Certificate: must be current
Import Permit: not required.

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Denmark:
Danish Embassy: 3200 Whitehaven Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
info@goscandinavia.com
(202) 234-4300
Fax: (202) 328-1470
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: no sooner than 30 days and not longer than 1 year before travel.
Health certificate: current and must have an USDA stamp.
Note: Utilizes the Pet Passport for inter EU travel.

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Egypt:
http://www.egy2000.com
Egyptian Embassy
3521 International Court, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 966-6342
Quarantine: not required, unless during inspection, your pet appears unwell, then 14 days.
Rabies vaccination: no sooner than 30 days and no longer than1 year prior to travel.
Health certificate: must be current
Import permit: not required
You must bring a signed letter stating your pet's country of origin.

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Finland:
Finnish Embassy http://www.finland.org
3301 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 298-5800
Fax: (202) 298-6030
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: must be no sooner than30 days and no longer than 1 year before travel.
Health certificate: must be obtained within 10 days before travel
Import Permit: not required.

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France:
http://www.ambafrance-us.org
French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 944-6000
Fax: (202) 944-6072

Every pet must have a microchip (standard ISO 11784) or a tattoo.

Quarantine: not required
Rabies Certificate: at least 30 days but no more than 1 year from date of travel. Beginning July 3, 2004, pets must have a rabies test 3 months prior to travel.

Health Certificate: bilingual (you may print from the French Embassy's website), no more than 10 days before travel, and must be signed by a USDA certified Veterinarian.
Import Permit: not required:

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Germany:
http://www.germany-info.org
German Embassy
4645 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007-1998
(202) 298-4000
Fax: (202) 298-4249 or 333-2653
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies Certificate: Vaccination must be no sooner than 30 days and no longer than1 year from date of travel.
Health certificate: Within 10 days of travel, and needs an USDA stamp.

Great Britain:
Use this website if you'll be entering from a country other than the US. http://www.defra.gov.uk (click on certain countries: long haul countries: US mainland)
Embassy of the UK of Great Britain
Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 588-6500
Fax: (202) 588-7870 or 3100
For people using the PETS (Pet Travel Scheme): http://www.defra.gov.uk
Allow six months for preparation of pet. Pet must be microchipped before receiving vaccinations.
Quarantine: not required if all procedures of PETS are carried out fully, otherwise there is a six month quarantine.
Rabies vaccination: follow procedures outlined in above site.
Health certificate:
Import Permit:

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Greece:
Greek Embassy http://www.greekembassy.org
2221 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 939-5800
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: must be no sooner than 6 days and no longer than 180 days before travel
Health certificate: must be within 10 days of travel.

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Italy:
http://www.italyemb.org
Italian Embassy
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 612-4400
Fax: (202) 518-2154
Quarantine: Not required
RabiesVaccination: no sooner than 30 days and no longer than 1 year prior to travel.
Health certificate must be issued within 10 days before travel.
Import Permit: Required.

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Ireland:
http://www.movetoireland.com
2234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 462-3939
Quarantine: 6 months +
Rabies vaccination: must be received no more than 6 months before travel.
Health Certificate: current
Import Permit: not required
Note: if traveling from Great Britain, Channel Islands, or The Island of Man, there is no quarantine.

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Israel:
For pets accompanied by their owners http://www.mof.gov.il
Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. http://www.israelemb.org
3514 International Drive, NW
Washington, DC 20008

(202) 364-5500
Fax: (202) 364-5423
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: not sooner than 1 month and not longer than 1 year before travel
Health certificate: within 7 days of travel
Import permit: not required.

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Netherlands:
http://www.netherlands-embassy.org
Netherlands Embassy
4200 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 244-5300
Fax: (202) 362-3430
Quarantine: not required (unvaccinated animals will be vaccinated upon arrival and put in quarantine for 30 days)
Rabies vaccination: must have no sooner than 30 days and no longer than 9 months before travel
Health certificate: must be obtained within 10 days of travel
Import Permit: not required.

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Portugal:
EMBASSY OF PORTUGAL
2125 Kalorama Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 328-8610
Fax: (202) 462-3726
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies vaccination: must be given within a year of travel
Health Certificate: must be obtained within 10 days before travel.
Import Permit: must be approved by the Portuguese consulate - contact the Embassy.

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Spain:
http://www.mapausa.org
Spanish Embassy:
2375 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 452-0100
Fax: (202) 833-5670
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies vaccination: Vaccination must be at least 30 days but no longer than 180 days.
Health certificate: must be within 10 days of travel and needs USDA stamp.

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Sweden:
http://www.sjv.se
Swedish Embassy
1501 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 467-2600
Fax: (202) 467-2656
Quarantine : 120 days unless arriving with Pet Passport from the EU.
Rabies vaccination: must be less than 1 year old
Health certificate: current
Import Permit: not required.

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Switzerland:
N/A

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North America

Bahamas:
N/A

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Canada:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca
Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 682-1740
Fax: (202) 682-7689
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: must be no sooner than 30 days and no longer than 2 years before travel.
Health Certificate: must be current
Import Permit: not required.

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Caribbean:
N/A

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Mexico:
http://www.mexicanconsulate.org.uk
Mexican Embassy
1911 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 728-1600
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies vaccination: must be within 1 year of travel
Health Certificate: at least 15 days and no more than 1 week before travel. (If pet is under 3 months old, then HC must be obtained within 72 hours of travel)
Import Permit: Not required.

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United States of America:
Every state has laws pertaining to importing pets from other states. In general, all states require rabies vaccinations for dogs, and most states require them for cats, except Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Oklahoma.

A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is required for dogs in all states except California and Texas, and for cats in most states, except California, Illinois, Montana, Texas and Vermont. This official document (CVI), signed by your licensed and accredited veterinarian, states that on that given date your pet shows no signs of communicable diseases. It will also list dates of your pet's rabies vaccinations.

States may also require additional vaccinations, an entry permit for which you or your veterinarian may apply from the destination state's regulatory agency. Prior to its issuance, an interstate permit from the state of origin may be required. Also, you may be asked for information regarding where you are coming from and whether it was an area under quarantine.

Countries and sometimes states are categorized as rabies free or not rabies free. The United States is not rabies free with the exception of Hawaii and Guam. Both Hawaii and Guam are rabies free and therefore to prevent reintroduction of the disease they require quarantine periods. If you have all of the documents and everything in order, there is still a five day quarantine period. It is very important to begin the process early. The official websites listed below outline the requirements and should be very helpful.

The United States is not rabies free with the exception of Hawaii and Guam, and doesn't require quarantine, although Hawaii and Guam do. Some Caribbean countries also require quarantine for pets coming from non-rabies free countries.

Below are some general guidelines: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists current requirements on their Importation of Pets, Other Animals, and Animal Products into the United States page: http://www.cdc.gov

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Hawaii:
http://www.hawaiiag.org. There is a lot of information and several different options for bringing your pet to Hawaii outlined on this site. Be sure to realize the time requirements for each option.

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Continental US:
Traveling within the US is simpler to prepare for than going outside the US, but even within the US there are different requirements among the states. For instance, mainland US is not rabies free, whereas Hawaii islands are. Therefore, Hawaii has a quarantine period for pets coming into the state. Many countries have quarantine policies because of their fear of imported pets carrying rabies.

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Traveling to the United States
The United States mainland doesn't require quarantine, although Hawaii and Guam do. Hawaii has an extensive new program - The 5 Day Program that cuts down on the quarantine time. However, the program must be started at home at least 120 days before travel and adhere to the rules completely. For full requirements: http://www.hawaiiag.org. Some Caribbean countries also require quarantine for pets coming from non-rabies free countries. The United States mainland is not rabies free.

http://www.cdc.gov
Quarantine: Not required
Rabies vaccination: must be less than 1 year form date of travel. Pups less than 3 months old and /or originating or located for the last 6 months in a rabies free area, are exempt (see link above).
Health Certificate: must be obtained within 10 days of entering US.
Import Permit: Not required.

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South America

Argentina:
Embassy of Argentina
1600 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Telephone: (202) 238-6401 Fax: (202) 332-3171
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: no sooner than 39 days and no longer than 1 year before travel.
Health Certificate: no more than 30 days before travel and must be issued by Argentine consulate of the owner's country.
Import Permit: not required.

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Brazil:
http://www.brazilmiami.org
Brazilian Consulate in Miami
Brazilian Embassy http://www.brasilemb.org
3006 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 238-2700
Fax: (202) 238-2827
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: not sooner than30 days and not longer than 1 year before travel
Health certificate: must be obtained within 4 days of travel and issued by the Brazilian consulate in the owner's country.

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Chile:
Chilean Embassy http://www.chile-usa.org
1732 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 785-1746
Fax: (202) 887-5579
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: no sooner than 30 days and no longer than 1 year before travel.
Health certificate: must be issued no more than 15 days before travel.
Import permit: not required
Both rabies certificate and health certificate need a USDA stamp.

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Peru:
Embassy of Peru
1700 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-9860
Fax: (202) 659-8124
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: no sooner than 14 days and no longer than 1 year before travel.
Health certificate: must be obtained within 30 days of travel.
Import permit: not required.

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Uruguay:
http://www.embassy.org to use for contact
Quarantine: not required
Rabies vaccination: no sooner than 30 days and no longer than 1 year before travel
Health certificate: must be issued no more than 30 days before travel
Import permit: not required.

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