Traveling With Pets

Bringing pets abroad can be an enjoyable experience, and, if the appropriate steps are taken, can be accomplished with relative ease. While there are restrictions against particular exotic species of rodents, snakes, and birds; dogs and cats are generally accepted.

All U.S. airlines require that your pet has an authenticated "health certificate", issued from a veterinarian prior to departure. This document will prove that the animal is free of fleas, worms and rabies, and has received all necessary vaccinations. The certificate must be issued within 10 days from the date of departure. Upon arrival in Costa Rica, this certificate will insure your pet's approval without a period of quarantine.

Depending on the time of year, the preference of the pet-owner, and the size and species of animal, pets will generally travel in one of two locations on the plane. All animals will need to be housed in a cage during the duration of the flight. This cage should have an absorbent lower lining and should provide enough room for the animal to stand. Smaller animals, occupying smaller cages, can travel under the seat of the owner. These pets can travel year-round. Larger animals, on the other hand, must be checked in at the baggage counter. For their safety, most airlines refuse to transport animals within the baggage compartment during the hot season (May 15 - September 15).

With exception to owners of seeing-eye dogs, most buses and taxis will refuse service to passengers with pets. Therefore, renting a car is the most hassle-free method of traveling about the country. In addition, relatively few hotels will accommodate tourists with pets, so inquire about this before booking a room. In general, bed and breakfasts are the most tolerant of animals, especially dogs and cats.

For further information, contact the airlines you are traveling on directly for up-to-date details.


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Bringing pets abroad can be an enjoyable experience, and, if the appropriate steps are taken, can be accomplished with relative ease.

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