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Venezuela – Importing a Pet

If you’re moving to Venezuela and you’re a pet owner, you may be wondering what the rules and regulations are for bringing your furry friend with you. In this article, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about importing your pet into Venezuela.

Venezuela’s Pet Importation Rules

Venezuela allows the import of pets. However, there are certain restrictions and regulations that you must follow to bring your pet into the country.

Restrictions on which types of pets you can bring into Venezuela

Venezuela restricts the import of certain animals for public health and safety reasons. The following animals are prohibited from entering Venezuela:

  • Rodents and rabbits
  • Birds of prey and their hybrids
  • Reptiles and their hybrids, except for pets
  • Bats

In addition, certain dog breeds are not allowed to be imported into Venezuela due to their perceived aggressive nature. These breeds include:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Rottweiler
  • Argentinian Mastiff
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa

Pet Vaccination Requirements in Venezuela

To import a pet into Venezuela, it must be up-to-date on its rabies vaccination. The vaccination must have been administered at least 30 days prior to travel and must be valid for at least one year.


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In addition to the rabies vaccination, it’s recommended that pets be vaccinated against other common diseases such as distemper and parvovirus.

Importation Application Procedure in Venezuela

To import a pet into Venezuela, you must obtain an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Land. The following documents are required for the application:

  • Health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in the country of origin
  • Certificate of rabies vaccination
  • Declaration of the pet’s breed, sex, age, and color
  • Proof of ownership (e.g. bill of sale, adoption papers, etc.)

Once you have obtained the import permit, you must present it to Venezuelan customs upon arrival.

Quarantine Rules in Venezuela

There is no mandatory quarantine period for pets imported into Venezuela. However, if your pet appears to be ill or shows signs of disease upon arrival, it may be subject to quarantine at the discretion of the Venezuelan authorities.

International Travel Scheme for Pets

Venezuela is not part of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) or any other international travel scheme for pets.

Licences in Venezuela

There is no requirement for pet owners to obtain a licence for their pets in Venezuela.

Relevant Government Websites

For more information on importing pets into Venezuela, you can visit the website of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land (in Spanish): http://www.minpal.gob.ve/. However, we recommend contacting the Venezuelan embassy or consulate in your country of origin for the most up-to-date information and guidance on importing pets into Venezuela.


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