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In order to enter a domestic dog or cat in Uruguay, it is necessary to obtain a certificate from the corresponding official agency of the country (Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries).


The certificate must include and prove that the animal:

  • is free of communicable diseases,

  • does not show clinical signs of any disease and

  • is vaccinated against rabies (if older than 3 months of age).  The rabies vaccine must be given at least 30 days before entering the country, or maximum one year before the date of the transfer.


​The certificate must include the identification of the owner of the animal and the animal, as follows:

  • The owner of the animal: full name, address of residence.

  • Of the animal: name, race, sex, date of birth, size, coat, particular signs.

In addition, the certificate must include the country of origin and destination, and indicate that the animal was controlled within 10 days prior to the date of its transfer. The certificate must be signed by an official and with clarification of signature.

For dogs, treatment against Taenia Echinococcus (Hydatic Cyst) with an antiparasitic containing Praziquantel as active agent must also be checked within a minimum period of 72 hours and a maximum of 30 days before admission.

Remember that in case of pedigree animals, in order to register such pedigree in the respective Uruguayan Registry, the document must be previously legalized by the Uruguayan Consulate (paying the consular fee) or apostilled with the corresponding local authority.

In addition to these entry requirements, keep in mind the shipping formalities, which may vary by country and airline.




Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries


To enter any other domestic animal, please contact the Animal Health Division of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries: E-mail -


More information here.

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