Panama does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet with a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant microchip and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.
Your dog or cat will need proof of current rabies vaccination prior to entry. Dogs and cats must not be vaccinated for rabies before 3 months of age.Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Hapatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvovirus. Cats should be vaccinated against Viral Rinotraqueitis, Calcivirus and Panleucopenia. internal/external parasite treatment.
Rabies Titer Test
A rabies titer test is not required to enter Panama from any country.
A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Panama Veterinary Certificate for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms. The health certificate must be legalized by the Consulate to Panama in the origination country.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment is required just prior to entering Panama. Products
used should be reflected on the heatlh certificate.
Entering Panama by Air
Pets can enter the country at Panama Tocumen International Airport during normal business hours and also on the weekends from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with advance notification. Pets can arrive in the cabin, checked baggage or air cargo.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry. If your pet is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at the owner’s expense.
Pet owners should file for home quarantine to the airport a minimum of 3 days prior to arrival to avoid 14 days of quarantine in a government facility. Pets will be subject to 4 months of home quarantine.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens over 3 months of age entering Panama are subject to rabies vaccination requirements per step #2. It is not advisable to import a pet under 3 months of age to Panama.
In order to bring your pet bird with you to Panama, you must have an import permit. This permit is issued by Panama’s National Environmental Authority (ANAM).
Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Panama. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.