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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Pet travel from the U.S. to El Salvador

Dogs and cats traveling to El Salvador must have an import permit issued by the General Direction of Plant and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador. The import permit can be obtained either prior to travel or at the moment of its arrival at the port of entry.

The requirements for traveling with your pet are described in the provided health certificate.  The health certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian. USDA endorsement is NOT required. Los requisitos para viajar con su mascota a El Salvador están descritos en el certificado de salud provisto. El certificado de salud debe ser expedido por un veterinario licenciado. No se require que el USDA endose el certificado.

International Health Certificate / Certificado Veterinario de Salud

 Additional Information Información adicional

  1. The accompanying health certificate should be made out at least in duplicate. / El certificado de salud bede ser emitido en duplicado. 

  2. The rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the health documents. / El certificado de vacunación contra la rabia debe acompañar a los documentos de salud. 

  3. Personal pet dogs and cats must obtain a quarantine permit at the port of entry upon arrival in El Salvador. / Perros y gatos personales necesitan un permiso de cuarentena que debe ser adquirido en el puerto de entrada a El Salvador 

    Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit issued by the General Directorate of Plant and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador. The import permit can be obtained either prior to travel or at the moment of its arrival at the port of entry. / Exportaciones comerciales de animals deben estar acompañadas de un permiso de importación expedido por la Dirección General de Sanidad Vegetal y Animal, Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería. 

  4. The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the El Salvador Consular office. / El certificado de salud no necesita la firma de de un notario público, ni necesita el endoso del Consulado de El Salvador.

For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.

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Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any. 

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet


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