For those of us without kids, our pets are our kids. I know, I get it. Leaving one behind would be tragic.
So how can you smoothly bring one down with you to live in Ecuador?
It is actually far easier than you think.
First, you need to get the pet inspected and certified for good health with a vet in the US, then have that certification registered in the Ecuadorian Embassy in your country.
Then, you simply bring it down with you on your plane (it will most likely have to travel below the plane).
Upon arrival, the pet will be inspected again by local officials and released. You will not have to pay import taxes or fees.
It often depends on the airline as to how long it takes for the pet to be released upon arrival (check with them how long it will be before you buy your ticket!) Some airlines are better than others.
An important thing to keep in mind is that “wild or unique” animals will not be permitted to enter the country. So your pet snake or tiger will probably have to stay with your auntie Em.
Also important to note, ALWAYS try to bring the pet within 30 days before or after your entrance into the country. If you try to bring it down sooner or later than that you could run into customs problems.
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