People traveling outside of Brazil with pets should use caution to avoid unforeseen circumstances when boarding the plane. This type of trip requires an International Veterinary Certificate (CVI), which certifies the conditions and health history of the pet and certifies that the dog or cat meets the health requirements of the destination country.
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The document can be issued free of charge by the International Agricultural Monitoring System (Vigiagro) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (Mapa). Mapa already provides the CVI version for the international transport of pets to 11 countries electronically: Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. To order the document, simply access the GOV.br portal.
Journalist and student Anna Caroline Lustusa moved from Brazil to Canada in September of this year. Anna and her husband took their pet dog Kato on the trip. She says the process for obtaining a CVI, which is required by Canadian health authorities, was simple.
“We had to issue a CVI. She was very quiet. He went straight to the federal government website. After that, we had to take her to the airport for them to sign, and we also had to ask the vet who accompanied our dog in Brazil to get a report. So, it was practical Getting a CVI is very smooth. It was all online, and we made time with that,” he says.
Mapa recommends that pet owners plan the trip in advance, in order to know the requirements of the destination country. Each country has its own rules for allowing pets to enter. Some accept a CVI or passport for animal entry. Others only allow entry through a CVI.
The difference between the two documents is that the former must be issued before each flight. The passport, in turn, can be used on several trips, throughout the life of the animal, provided that it is accompanied by an up-to-date proof of vaccination.
It is important to note that CVI has a specific validity. The document is valid for between two and ten days to enter the country of destination. The period starts from the moment of issuance in the Vigiagro unit until arrival in the country of destination. Although getting a CVI was straightforward, Ana explains that the steps in the process require planning. Don’t do everything at the last minute.
“We submitted the application, answered a form and sent the puppy vaccination card. They have a deadline to be able to review. After that period, when everything was fine, we had to print this document and take it to Vigiagro in Brasilia airport, in this case , so they can stamp it. The information they need is personal information, such as dog owners’ information and vaccines.”
In cases where it is not possible to order a CVI online, Mapa recommends that passengers bring the Vigiagro unit at least 30 days in advance. Thus, unexpected events that can prevent the animal from getting on the plane are avoided. All Brazilian states and the Federal District have at least one Vigiagro unit. To find out which is closest to you, click here.
According to the map, since December 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, has established that only animals coming from countries classified as at risk of contracting rabies, including Brazil, will be able to Entering the United States through one of the 18 approved entry points.
In addition, US health authorities have increased documentation requirements. Previously, the state only required proof of rabies vaccination. Now, owners of these pets need to provide proof of the microchip and a rabies serology report, if the vaccine is to be applied outside the United States. Finally, the minimum entry age for dogs was raised from four to six months.
Source: Brazil 61