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  • Jade Wills of Maya Moon Marketing – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted April 11, 2013
    What do you need to know about Pet shipping to Panama, Pet travel to Panama and Pet Transport to Panama?
     
    I think you need to know that it's not an easy task but 
    you can do it yourself. It's all about timing and having the correct documents in hand. 
     
    There are several services that can help you through this process but I ended up doing it myself and everything worked out fine. 
     
    First of all, be sure and visit the Embassy of Panama online. They have the list of items you will need.
     
    Here is a step by step because it's hard to find on the website:
    • Log onto the Embassy of Panama dot org site.
    • Find services in the menu on the left and hover
    • Click on Consular services
    • ​Scroll down to the bottom and look for Traveling With Pets.
    On that page you will see a list of instructions and documents that are required. Just note that everything needs to be done within a 10 day time period so I advise using Fed-ex for all the shipping of documents etc. 
     
    *Also note that you will have to pay about a $130 (estimate) fee for home quarantine. You will pay this at the airport. I also paid another fee of $16 for an inspection of the dog and it's food upon arrival.
     
    *I suggest taking only a little food with you. You can buy good food in Panama like Royal Canin and Eukanuba at the Melo or La Rocha stores. Grocery stores carry Pedigree. Not many choices of bones or treats.
     
    * Please check with your airlines for further information regarding airline guidelines when you are traveling with pets.
     
    *Also take note of the Ministry of Health's hours because if you show up when they are closed they will quarantine your animal until they open and charge you for it. 
     
    * The Ministry of health requires that you send them a 3 day notice of your arrival and copies of documents. I did this and received an email confirmation response but when I arrived they said they never received my documents. I was lucky and they still processed my paperwork but they could have sent my dog back without question because of this. I recommend taking a copy of the email response you receive from them as proof just in case. 
     
    I hope theses few suggestions help. This is only my personal experience with this process and I am not a professional pet service.
     
    Best of luck! It's completely worth all the hassle to have your little love with you. 

     
     
     
  • Karen Walter of Local Travel Excursions – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
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    Posted November 18, 2014
    What do you need to know about traveling with your pets to Panama?  So many suspect that traveling internationally with their pets is an easy thing.  It can be, but you must research your specific situation and know the requirements before your travel date.  I have heard many times that “It’s no problem to bring your dogs with you.  I know someone who did it and said it was a breeze.”  This may be true, but to experience it yourself is certainly another story. 
    Here’s the simple process:
    1. Get an international health certificate completed by an accredited veterinarian.
    2. Send the international health certificate (APHIS Form 7001) to the USDA office nearest to you.  Pay the processing fee.
    3. Send the stamped international health certificate to the Panamanian embassy or consulate office nearest you.  They will stamp it and return it to you.  This form must accompany you to Panama with your pet(s). 
    4. Notify the MINSA office (Panama government veterinarian) 3 days prior to your arrival in Panama.  Email your documents (I sent everything) and request “home quarantine.”  (Simply Google "MINSA in Panama.")  This will allow you to take your pet(s) with you from the airport.  There is a fee for each animal.  (We paid $130/pet.)
    Sounds simple enough, right?  Maybe, maybe not.  Keep informed with the regulations and current requirements. (It was easier for me to communicate directly with the embassy.)  Know that things change and you don’t want to be caught off guard with this process.  To avoid any snags, here are some things to keep in mind. 
    1. You are allotted only 10 days to complete all steps.  In other words, you can not start the process sooner than 10 days of your travel date.  All dated documents must be within this timeframe.  What you can do is contact each office to be assured that you know what the process is and establish contact with them in the event they need to reach you. 
    2. You must have your dog(s) (same for cats) evaluated by your vet to assure they are “fit to travel.”  This is typically an office visit and their cost to complete APHIS Form 7001.  Here is what no one will tell you…make sure your vet is accredited!  You can obtain his/her accreditation number and check it with the USDA office.  If your vet is not accredited, your form will not be processed!  (And…the 10 day countdown keeps ticking…)
    3. Each time a document is “processed” it will need to be shipped overnight back to you.
      1. You should overnight the health certificate to USDA office.
      2. USDA should overnight the certificate back to you.
      3. You should overnight the certificate to the embassy.
      4. The embassy should overnight this back to you.
      5. You pay all shipping costs.
    4. You will need the address of the place where you will reside in Panama.
    5. You may find it helpful to obtain the services of a pet transporter to assist you.  They will be your Panama contact.  Another option is to arrange for a translator to help with communication once you arrive in Panama.  Check references for either if possible.
    So, in order for you and your beloved pets to travel safely, do your research.  Know the pet guidelines for your airline carrier.  Establish contact with the various offices before you travel.  And, remember to remain calm.  We traveled with three dogs, so it can be done.  We encountered a few challenges, but the embassy was our biggest help. Expect some stress but remain calm.   It will all be worth it in the end.
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