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Costa Rica


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedures and requirements for exporting animals, animal products, or to obtain a zoosanitary certificate for an animal product, you should contact the VS Field Office covering the area from where the product will be exported (or the area in which your office is located).

Animal Products

Live Animals

Costa Rica - Summary of Requirements for Animals



Please Note: Costa Rica does not require any statements about BSE on the bovine semen and embryo protocols


  • Horses - September 2012 (pdf 295kb)
  • Semen - February 2013 (pdf 116kb)



  • Dogs and Cats -  November 2015 (pdf 13kb) An import permit issued by Costa Rica is required for unaccompanied pets
  • Pet birds - Protocol - April 2010 (pdf 16kb)



Other Animals

Zoo Animals

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.

Importers in Costa Rica must apply for an import permit. Importers may obtain an import permit at the following address:

Ministerio Agricultura y Ganaderia
Chief, Animal Quarantine
Apartado 10094
Barrial Heredia
San Jose - 1000
Costa Rica
Telephone: 011-506-238-2371
Facsimile: 011-506-237-7697

Additional Information