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Ecuador Pet Brief

Ecuador-US pet requirements are dictated by mutual agreement between Ecuador and the US. If you have a pet to bring to Ecuador from another country check with the agricultural or similar government department there.

Ecuador Living Subscribers can get a full compiled based on our experiences and that is updated often.  Regulations are sometimes altered without announcement so be sure to check with airlines and a customs adviser for any current changes so check with airlines, vets and the US Agricultural department for updates.

Recent pet regulation updates include:

Dogs shipped in the airplane cabin can arrive without tax.

Dogs shipped in the airplane as baggage (each airline has different rules) can incur a tax.

My note: Over many years we have observed that many pets arriving as baggage come right on through with the suitcases and pass though without inspection or tax.  This is not to say this is the rule… but at times this has been what actually happens.

Dogs shipped in the airplane as cargo arrive at a different place and  (each airline has different rules) can incur a tax.

Certain dogs (Mixed Breed Pit Bulls and Dobermans… perhaps others) must now have a microchip implant before arriving in Ecuador.

Ecuador instituted a ban on importation of pure bred pit bulls.

Here is an example of the customs broker EL recommends when she wrote to a reader who was bringing in two cats:

I can help you bring in the cats,  but if they come as cargo, you will  need an import permit and you will need to make custom clearance for the pets and pay duties for them.

This would be the approximate expenses:

Tax in Ecuadorian Ministry for pets                USD       24.00
Fee for getting Ecuadorian import permit      USD      112.00
Approx payment to send by DHL the
import permit to bring                                        USD        56.00
Approx payment of duties for both cats (this
depends on how much you paid for their
airfreight, insurance & their value                  USD     600.00

Be sure to bring an invoice showing how much you paid for the cats.

My fee for clearing the pets                              USD     336.00

TOTAL APPRX. PAYMENT                              USD 1,128.00

$528.00 should be transferred to me to start this procedure plus you should bring $600.00 to pay  customs the duty for the cats.

Some other considerations to take care:

1. – They should be vaccinated in the 60 previous of the days a you date of the shipment.

2. – They should be treated in against external parasites and internal in the 30 previous of the day of the shipment.

3. – They should be inspected and identified by a USDA certified veterinarian who finds them in health, without tumors, fresh wounds or in process of the scaring,  and without sign of neither contagious disease.

4. – They should be placed in cages or special boxes that were washed and disinfected.

We will have to warn to one officials’ importer of the Ecuadorian Service of Sanity in the Agricultural who works in the ports of the entrance 72 hours before of the  arrival of your flight.  Anything you may need to be clarify, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In any cases you can save money using Sandy or someone like here. She shared a story about how one client imported a Golden Retriever which are rare and expensive in Ecuador.  The owner had no invoice and the customs agent valued the dog at $1,200.  Sandy argued but argued that  GRs live about 15 years and this one was already 10 years… so the value should only be 1/3rd.

The tax is 35% of the dogs value so this saved almost $300 of tax. Her fee was only $350.

Sandy also points out that normally customs inspectors do not work at night but that many US flights arrive at night so the dog must either be left overnight or  you can import with a guarantee (pay $600 tax) which can be partially refunded depending on the pets value.

Here is a US source of information we received from a reader who wrote: Good morning Gary,  Today I move to Ecuador….with four cats.  It has been a nailbiting experience, but we are on our way.  I had contacted pet relocation services that assured me they could handle the move, leaving me stress free to handle all other aspects of relocating.  Not so.  When they discovered the myriad of regulations, many imposed by the airlines they backed away from their prior statements.  I finally contacted a pet carrier and he has unraveled the obstacles of shipping pets to Ecuador, and is in fact traveling to the country this week to meet with agents and officials to streamline this procedure for pet owners moving to Ecuador.  I will be happy to share the final chapter of our move when I arrive in Manta later this week.  Three of my cats started their journey last evening, the other is traveling with me.  And so the adventure begins. My regards to you and Merri.

This note was followed by a note from the Pet Carrier who wrote: Good Morning Gary.  I just read the email about 4 cats to you and thought it would be a good time to introduce www.petaircarrier.com  and tell you that I will be in country starting tonight with Valeri’s cats thru Friday evening when I return to Atlanta.  In the next three days I will be meeting with three US Airline  officials as well as some importers and perhaps the number two Ag person if I can get an appointment.  Would your schedule permit a meeting to further explore  how we might assist your clients moving to Ecuador?  I can be available anytime at your convince.  If you can,meet please email  your phone and schedule.  Regards,

Pets are important for many people who wish to bring them to Ecuador.

We brought our dog into Ecuador many times. Our dog was named Ma. Actually she is really a fairy princess in disguise, but she traveled with us to Ecuador as a pet so we have been through the process about a dozen times. This note is based on our experience and what we have been told by the Florida agriculture department and our vets.

Here is Ma at our Blue Ridge Farm.


Here she is, our pet, hiking in the mountains of Ecuador.


We have also helped numerous clients brings down their dogs. We are told the same rules apply to cats.

There are two issues, those relating to the government regulation and those relating to the airline.

First, check with the airline, whether your pet travel in the plane or in the hold?

Each airline has a weight limit on pets that travel in the cabin, usually around 20 pounds. Some airlines only allow one pet in the cabin on each flight. Picture two dogs in a fight at 30,000 feet and you can imagine why.

Check with the airline you will use before you buy your ticket. We have found that not all airline employees know all the rules so we usually check twice at different times. Make sure you get the same answer twice!

If your pet is traveling in the hold, make sure of the weather. Some airlines will not carry pets during hot seasons. There is a risk of overheating. Pets have died in overheated holds.

We also recommend that you check that the flight will not be making layovers anywhere that has a hot climate.

Next ask whether your Ecuador pet will travel in the hold as a pet or as cargo.

If your pet and cage weigh 100 pounds or more, baggage regulations require that they travel as cargo. Tariffs increase, plus your pet must be loaded at a different place rather than your check in counter.

This covers our experience to date. Different airlines charge different amounts for pets. We find that fees and rules change so we always check with the airline again before we buy our tickets.

Here is our pet Ma hiking with me above Cotacachi Ecuador.


Next you must comply with US and Ecuador pet regulations.

Ten days before the flight a vet, (it is best to use one that has attended a US Dept. of Agriculture course on this and has a USDA certificate) must inspect animal for vaccinations and give a certificate of good health.

You can receive the password protected  Ecuador Pet Report here as a premium Ecuador Living subscriber.

Learn how to subscribe and obtain a password here.

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