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Moving with a Pet to Peru

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Get ready to move to Peru with your pets. This guide provides key information on vaccinations, what you can bring to Peru, travel tips, and more, helping to avoid problems when you relocate with your pet.

Moving to Peru as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting adventure, and naturally, you may want to bring your furry companion along for the journey. While Peru is a pet-friendly country with many residents owning dogs and cats, there are specific requirements and regulations you must adhere to. These include vaccination and paperwork requirements, and while there is no mandatory quarantine for pets arriving in Peru, it's essential to prepare and understand the process thoroughly. In this article, we'll delve into the details of bringing your pet to Peru, including the steps you need to take before departure, the types of pets allowed, and what to expect once you and your pet arrive in your new home.

Can I bring my dog to Peru?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Peru. However, you must ensure that your dog is vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before travel but not more than 12 months prior to entering the country. You'll also need a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian from your home country, and this certificate must be endorsed by the relevant government authority responsible for the export of animals. Additionally, the health certificate should be issued within ten days of travel.

Can I bring my cat to Peru?

Similar to dogs, cats are also welcome in Peru. The requirements for bringing a cat into the country include a current rabies vaccination and a health certificate, just like for dogs. The rabies vaccine should be administered no less than 30 days and no more than 12 months before entering Peru. The health certificate must be obtained close to your departure date and endorsed by the appropriate government agency in your country.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Peru

Peru does not have a specific list of pets that are prohibited from entering the country. However, it's important to note that exotic animals and certain breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous may be subject to restrictions or special regulations. It's crucial to check with the Peruvian consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information on prohibited pets before planning your move.

How do I bring my pet to Peru?

To bring your pet to Peru, start by ensuring your pet's vaccinations are up to date, with the rabies vaccine being the most critical. Obtain a health certificate from your vet and have it endorsed by the relevant authority. You should also microchip your pet for identification purposes, although it's not a mandatory requirement. No quarantine is imposed on pets arriving in Peru as long as they have the proper documentation and are in good health. It's recommended to book a direct flight if possible to reduce stress on your pet. Additionally, contact the airline to understand their specific pet travel policies and any additional requirements they may have.

Upon Arriving in Peru

Once you arrive in Peru with your pet, you may need to present all the documentation to the customs officials for review. While there's no need for a pet license in Peru, it's essential to find a local veterinarian for regular check-ups and any health issues that may arise. Veterinarians are readily available in urban areas. Dogs and cats are generally well-liked in Peru, and you'll find pet shops and veterinary services in most cities. Dog parks are not as common as in some other countries, but there are still plenty of spaces where you can take your dog for walks and exercise. It's also a good idea to connect with local expat communities for recommendations on pet-friendly areas and services.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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