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Bringing pets into Uruguay

 To bring your dog or cat into Uruguay you need to get a health certificate which has been signed by the Minister of Agriculture in your home country. Your pet’s veterinarian can usually provide you with a health certificate and guide you through the process. The certificate must show that:

  • Your pet is free of infectious and parasitic diseases.
  • Your pet’s rabies vaccine is up to date. (You need to provide the details of the rabies vaccine including date, type, and brand of the vaccine.)
In addition, dogs must be treated for various types of tapeworms with Praziquantel no later than 72 hours before transport and no earlier than 30 days prior to arrival.

If your pet is in Uruguay for less than 30 days you can leave using the same health certificate you arrived with. If your pet is in Uruguay longer than 30 days, you will need to get a new certificate at the office of the ministry by calling 203-4822 or 412-6338 10 days before your departure.

Airline requirements for transporting pets
In most cases dogs and cats are transported as checked baggage or air cargo.
Some airlines allow very small dogs (that fit in a carrier small enough to be stowed under the seat in front of you) to be taken onboard a flight.

Airline requirements for transporting dogs or cats can vary, so get a printed copy from the airline you are considering using. Study the requirements and ask about anything that is not clear. A few common airline requirements to check on are:

Kennel construction and size
To be transported as checked baggage or carried as cargo, your pet must be in a kennel that meets government regulatory standards (USDA in the United States) and also complies with the airline’s construction requirements and size standards. Your pet should be able to stand up, turn around, and lay comfortably inside its shipping kennel.

Seasonal and temperature restrictions
Airlines will not carry pets as checked baggage during hot summer months or when temperatures for the travel date are expected to be over a specified temperature. However, with some airlines, it may still be possible to ship your pet as air cargo.

Identification, checklists, and kennel labeling
Airlines require that your pet’s kennel has identification tags that include your contact information and the contact information of anyone else who will be delivering or receiving your pet.

Airlines also require a completed “live animal checklist” which includes a documentation of when your pet was last fed and watered before the flight.

In addition to identification tags and the “live animal checklist”, your pet’s kennel will also need to display a “live animal label” and direction arrows, which are usually provided by the airline at check in.

Additional tips:

Compare airline pet carrying policies and costs before selecting an airline to bring your pet to Uruguay. Keep your pet’s comfort in mind when purchasing your airline tickets. Look for the shortest travel time. Avoid flight options that change from one airline to another.

Consult your pet’s veterinarian about feeding and watering your dog prior to the flight and after the flight.

If you are considering the use of a tranquilizer, consult both your pet’s veterinarian and the airline you are considering to transport your pet. If your pet’s veterinarian believes that a tranquilizer during flight is appropriate, check with the airline to learn if they have any restrictions or special requirements for transporting tranquilized animals. (Some say that altitude can influence the affect of tranquilizers.)

Don’t put anything inside your pet’s travel kennel that it could can get caught or tangled in. Do not transport your pet’s leash and collar in the kennel with your pet.

Get your pet carrier plenty of time before travel and give your pet a chance to get used to being in it. Make a dry run loading your pet in its kennel and going to the airport. This will give you an opportunity to see your pet’s reaction and also enables you to discover anything that may have been forgotten or overlooked.

Have you brought your dog or cat to Uruguay? We would appreciate you sharing your experience or additional tips with a comment. 

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