Fly Pets to Panama

REGULATIONS AND PROTOCOL FOR CATS AND DOGS GOING TO PANAMA

PANAMA

QUARANTINE INFORMATION

QUARANTINE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE?

QUARANTINE AT DESTINATION?

IMPORT PERMIT AT DESTINATION?

NO

YES: We can advise you

NO

PROTOCOL INFORMATION

STEP 1

Microchipping (Speak to your vet)

All pets must have an ISO approved microchip implanted subcutaneously.

Tattoos are not accepted.

Please inform our consultant if your pet has more than 1 microchip.

STEP 2

Vaccinations (Speak to your vet)

Rabies vaccination is compulsory and must be older than 14 days but not older than 12 months. Acceptable vaccines include Zoetis Defensor 3, Nobivac Rabies and Merial Rabisin.

Dogs should be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and parainfluenza.

Cats should be vaccinated against Feline Panleaukemia (Distemper), Viral Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus, Pneumonitis and Leukaemia and should be older than 14 days but not older than 12 months.

Pets arriving at or departing from Keringa Kennels require Nobivac Kennel Cough, Bronchicine or Pneumodog (dogs) and Nobivac BB intranasal (cats).

COUNT 14 DAYS FROM DATE OF RABIES VACCINATION

STEP 3

Veterinary Health Certificate (VHC) (Speak to your vet)

Pet/s must be examined within 7 days of departure and found to be clinically healthy and fit to travel.
Veterinary Health Certificate (VHC) must be endorsed by the State Vet and then taken to the Panama Consulate in Pretoria to be apostilled.

Consulate of Panama in South Africa:
141 Boshoff Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk Pretoria, Sudáfrica
Tel: (+27) 12 346 0703
visas@panamaembassy.co.za

STEP 4

Submission to Petwings (Speak to your vet)

The following documents must be submitted to Petwings:
1. Original, unaltered vaccination booklet for each pet
2. Original microchip certificate for each pet
3. 1 Original Veterinary Health Certificate (VHC) for each pet
(Microchip ID must be noted on all the above documents)
On the day of departure Petwings will submit these documents to the South African State Vet for certification and endorsement.

STEP 5

Clearance at destination

It is advised that your pets arrive at their destination during the week and preferably during normal office hours. This will ensure timely clearance through Customs and the presiding State Vet while avoiding additional charges. Where applicable and unless stated otherwise, the consignee is responsible for import Permit, Import Customs, and Clearance at destination (we can advise you)

OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES TO CONSIDER

  • Puppies and kittens may not travel to Panama on their dam’s vaccinations – their first rabies vaccination may be administered at 12 weeks of age (3 months).
  • For your pet’s comfort during travel, we encourage you to include a favourite blanket, soft toy, or old T-shirt with your scent which we will place in their travel container.
  • Chemical and other strong sedatives are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Mild herbal remedies such as Rescue, CalmEze, catnip spray or other valerian root extracts are permitted.

Please inform your Petwings consultant of any brachycephalic (snub nose) pets traveling as certain airline, routing and seasonal restrictions may apply.

Home Quarantine Procedure Requirements:

1. Notification of pet(s)’arrival 3 working days prior to physical arrival.

2. All pet(s)’ records must be available and handed to the Ministry’s Veterinary Physician at arrival for verification.

3. Once all requirements are complied with, pet(s) will be delivered to the person responsible. If requirements are not compelled with, pet(s) will be returned to their country of origin, using the same airline services used at arrival.

Home Quarantine Commitments:

  • Pet must be kept within the home area for (40) forty days.
  • Avoid any type of contact between pet/s and wildlife species and other pets for (40) forty days.
  • Consult a Veterinary Physician for follow up regarding immunization, nutrition, and disease prevention.
  • Pet must be kept in a clean and hygienic environment. This includes pet bedding, clothing, toys etc.
  • Pets must be provided with balanced meals, fresh water and regular grooming.
  • The Ministry of Health Veterinary Physician will be monitoring the quarantine according to each pet’s epidemiological risk.
  • If you notice any change in the pet/s behaviour or health, please contact the Ministry of Health at (507) 238-3855 / (507) 238-4059 or email to cam@minsa.gob.pa

If all of this sounds daunting, Petwings can do just about everything for you!

We’ve been transporting pets world-wide for years – here’s what some of our many happy clients have to say about us seeing our Keringa references.

NB: Due to the fact that airline and country protocols change often, we cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions, or alterations/changes. That said, Petwings pet travel agents keep up-to-date and are the best source of current rules and regulations – and they are friendly and helpful too!

 

TRAVELLING PETS FROM JOHANNESBURG TO PANAMA

Our travel quotations are only approximate and are based on similar sized pets. Once your pet is at Keringa International, we will double-check your pets’ measurements.  Should your pet/s require a different size travel container, we will adjust your account accordingly and all costs will need to be paid prior to your pets’ departure. Please note that the airlines control the cargo rates, which fluctuate.  Airlines do not allow us to pay for flights in advance.

“There is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot do a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin, teacher, artist and visionary.

With us you pay for exceptional pet care and you get it.  You pay for first-class food and your pets get it.  You pay for and receive the best of everything that money can buy for them, because they deserve it.  Nothing less would be right for them because they are your children.  And we’ve been going the extra mile and doing it all for more than 48 years, so it must be right.  Right?

For more information on procedures to fly your pets to Panama please contact us.