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Bringing Pets To/From Nicaragua

Please note that many airlines embargo shipments of pets as accompanying luggage during the months of May through September. Please check with the airlines to determine the best way to ship your pet.

Pet owners should bring certificate(s) of vaccination for their pet(s), a certificate of health, and a certificate of origin (pet shop receipt, veterinarian's proof of origin, etc.) The health certificate must be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and subsequently authenticated at a Nicaraguan Embassy or Consulate.

Bringing Pets from Nicaragua to the United States

  • Bring your pet and your pet’s vaccination record to a registered veterinarian. The veterinarian will issue a health certificate for your pet. Note: Most veterinarians will take care of the below process for a fee.
  • Take the health certificate to Centro de Tramites de Exportacion (CETREX) and request an export permit.  Address for CETREX: Plaza el Sol 1 ½ C. al Sur, Mano Derecha. 
  • Authenticate the export permit at the Nicaraguan Chancery (MINREX).  Address for MINREX: Sobre la Avenida Bolivar, Del Cine Gonzalez, 1 C. al Sur.
  • Check with the airline for any current travel restrictions for pets.

For the most complete and accurate information on the importation of pets and other animals into the United States, please check with the Centers for Disease Control and Customs and Border Protection.

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