Travel to Argentina
Travel to Argentina with your pets
SENASA is the organism of the Argentine Republic in charge of the regulations to travel abroad and to enter into Argentina with pets (dogs and cats).
The animals meeting all the requirements established by the “Import Regulations for Cats and Dogs” will not be subject to import quarantine. If it is suspected of being affected with a disease, either infectious or contagious zoonotic or of high risk for the Argentine Republic, the personnel of the Service will arrange the necessary means to ensure its isolation and/or the corresponding quarantine measures.
There are different regulations if you want to enter Argentina just temporarily (60 days or less) or permanently. Also, it depends on what country you are traveling from, what regulations apply.
It is important to keep in mind that, in order to ensure the presence of SENASA personnel at the point of entry (air, water or land) to Argentina, you should contact the staff sufficiently in advance to avoid inconveniences. You can find contact information on the website of SENASA. At the baggage collection of the Ezeiza International Airport, SENASA personnel is permanently posted during 24 hours of the day.
International Veterinary Certificate (CVI): The pets must arrive at the Frontier Inspection Post of entry to Argentina protected by the original copy of the CVI issued by the Veterinary Authority of the country of origin, containing all the sanitary regulations provided in the terms of the Res of the GMC of MERCOSUR No. 17/15. This CVI will be valid for SIXTY (60) consecutive days counted from the date of its issuance in the country of origin to enter temporarily by any means to Argentina. This validity will be null and void when within said period if there is a loss of validity of the corresponding immunization against Rabies or the health status of the pet changes. One of the drafting languages of the CVI must be Spanish, or in its absence, it must be translated by a National Public Translator upon arrival in Argentina.
Pet Passport: The SENASA authorizes the entry of pets covered by a Health Passport that replaces the CVI, which is valid in the territory of the country of its granting and issued or endorsed by the Veterinary Authority of that country, and in which all data must be recorded. required in the CVI model established in Res GMC No. 17/15. For example the European Pet Passport issued in the European Union.
Rabies vaccinations: Animals older than ninety (90) days of age must be immunized against rabies, vaccines authorized by the Veterinary Authority of the same country being used in the country where they are applied. When dealing with animals vaccinated against rabies, the shipment from the Exporting Country must be authorized once twenty-one (21) days have elapsed since the application of said vaccine. The proof of the animal’s anti-rabies vaccination must be recorded in Section “V. Anti-rabies vaccines ” of the Passport where, in addition to stating the date of said vaccination, its validity is included, all this, incorporated into the Passport by the authorized Community veterinarian before the animal has left the EU. Animals under three (3) months of age may be admitted to enter a Argentina when: The Veterinary Authority of the Exporting Country certifies, in the field of the Pet passport provided for that purpose, that the age of the animal is less than ninety (90) days, and that it has not been in any property where any case of urban rabies has occurred in the last ninety (90) days, based on the owner’s declaration and/or official epidemiological information
Treatment against parasites: The pet must be submitted in the country of origin to effective broad-spectrum treatment against internal and external parasites using veterinary products approved by the Veterinary Authority of the country of administration, which must be documented in the section of the corresponding CVI or Passport fifteen days before arrival in Argentina.
IMPORT FROM RABIES FREE COUNTRY
When the pet comes from a country or zone of the same that complies with the recommendations established in the Terrestrial Code of the World Organization Of Animal Health (OIE) to be declared free of Rabies, it may enter temporarily without the corresponding immunization against this disease, the Veterinary Authority issuing the CVI must state this condition of a free country or zone in said CVI or Passport.
MINIMUM AGE FOR PETS TO BE IMPORTED TO ARGENTINA
Temporary entry of less than 90 days will be admitted without immunization against rabies, when at the time completing the CVI or pet passport, the Veterinary Authority certifies that the age of the pet is less than 90 days and it has not been in any country or area where a case of urban rabies has occurred in the last 90 days prior to its departure to Argentina.
However, in the case of a pet being just under 3 months at the time of completion of the CVI or pet passport and the CVI or the certificate in the pet passport being valid for 60 days, it could be that a pet arriving in Argentina can have an age of 4 or 5 months and not have a rabies vaccination.
FEES FOR ENTERING ARGENTINA
There will be an import fee of $100 and a service fee of $470, making a total of $570.
PROHIBITED BREEDS OF PETS FOR ENTERING ARGENTINA
We have no information on prohibited breeds in Argentina.
For more information, you can have a look on the website of SENASA.