Import health requirements of Brazil for pets (dogs and cats) exported from the United States:

Pet dogs and cats may enter Brazil only upon presentation of an International animal health certificate, issued in the area of origin of the animal, and duly authenticated by the Brazilian Consular Service. The traveler must also present a certificate of rabies vaccination.

1. Each animal must be accompanied by a International Health Certificate issued by licensed veterinarian within ten days prior to boarding and certifying that the animal is in good health.

2. Dogs and cats over three months of age must be inoculated against rabies within one year of travel. The animal must be accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian.

3. All certificates must be endorsed by USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services and also must be legalized at a Brazilian Consulate. If the documents are submitted by mail, a return addressed stamped envelope must accompany the certificates.

4. The admittance of species other than dogs and cats, including pet birds, requires prior approval by the Ministry of Agriculture. The traveler must require an import permit to Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil.

The APHIS Area Office for your state can assist you with your questions relating to traveling with your pet, help you locate an Accredited Veterinarian, and inform you of the fee(s) for the USDA endorsement(s). You can locate the VS Area Office for your State at

General Information

Brazil is a country in South America. It is the fifth largest country by geographical area, occupying nearly half of South America,the fifth most populous country, and the fourth most populous democracy in the world.

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of over 7,491 kilometers (4,655 mi).It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay.Brazil is the world's tenth largest economy at market exchange rates and the ninth largest by purchasing power parity.

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