To export EU pet
The National Service of Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa) of the Argentine Republic has created this procedure keeping in mind the requirements of the Competent Authorities of the member-countries of the European Union that are named, to permit the entry into their territories of cats and dots, according to European Community Regulation EEC 998/2003 – that became applicable on the 1st of October 2004 – and its modifying regulations.
The terms of the aforementioned Regulation – and therefore of this Procedure – are only valid for the non-commercial dispatch of cats and dogs to said countries of the European Union.
When the number of these pets (cats and dogs) is greater than five (5) animals, the requirements and controls established by the Competent Authorities are different, and Community Directive EEC 92/65/ is valid.
Member-countries of the European Union that adhere to this procedure: Germany – Austria – Belgium – Bulgaria – Cyprus – Denmark – Slovakia – Slovenia – Spain – Estonia – Finland – France – Greece – Holland – Hungary – Italy – Lithonia – Lithuania –Luxemburg – Poland – Portugal - Czech Republic and Rumania.
For the other four (4) countries of the European Union, that is Ireland – Malta – United Kingdom and Sweden, the conditions of this procedure do not apply. The requirements for entry of cats and dogs from the Republic of Argentina to those countries will be included in the specific Procedure created for this by Senasa. In these countries animal identification by means of tattoos is not accepted.
B.- “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station
The “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station, is located in the Port of Buenos Aires, Dársena Sur, on street Elvira Rawson de Dellepiane s/n and Av. Calabria, (500 meters from the ‘Casino Flotante Buenos Aires’).
The telephone number is 4362–5755.
The email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
C.- Customer Service Hours
The timetable to request an International Veterinary Certificate for a cat and/or a dog that accompanies and vouches for the animal until it reaches the country of destination in the European Union is:
Working days from 10.30 to 15.30 hours.
The method is the following:
Personnel from the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station receive all the documents necessary to identify the animal on working days from 10.30 to 15.30 hours. The International Veterinary Certificate is issued from 12.00 to 15.30 hours as from forty-eight (48) working hours immediately subsequent to its request. This procedure is valid for those interested parties who must send abroad a maximum of two (2) cats and/or dogs.
In the case of those interested parties carrying out procedures to obtain three (3) to five (5) International Veterinary Certificates, time to issue of these aforementioned documents is seventy-two (72) working hours immediately subsequent to reception of the corresponding request documents. This is due to the complexity of the procedure and the responsibility for Senasa of certifying all the guarantees requested by the Competent Authorities of the destination countries of the animals. These include, for the acting personnel of this National Service involved, verification of the different documents, handling of multilingual documents, consultation of Private Veterinarian Professional Registers and verification of treatments and identification of the drugs and vaccines used.
D.- Cost of the interested parties
According to the regulatory provisions contained in Resolution No. 558/2014 Senasa , the user may pay for obtaining an International Veterinary Certificate on the day of processing $ 502 , within 24 hours $ 408 and $ 314 within 48 hours of terms opening hours and detailed public.
When the user will manage to obtain more than one ( 1) International Veterinary Certificate , must pay for this item amounts resulting according to the number of certificates requested .
In all cases staff Senasa Treasury present at the Quarantine Station "Lazareto Capital " or the Bank of the Argentina Nation jurisdiction of the Office Certifications Regional Senasa will give the user the official proof of payment made. PRESENTATION OF THE NUMBER OF CUIT FOR ISSUANCE OF PAYMENT FOR COUPONS .
E.- Requirements of the European Competent Authorities
1. Age of the animal
No animal under three (3) months and twenty-one (21) days of age is admitted.
2. Identification of the animal
The animal must be identified by means of a tattoo or a transponder or a microchip. When a microchip is used it must be compatible with ISO Standards ISO 11784 and 11785. If the animal is not identified the interested party must contact a Private Veterinarian who can identify it, who must be listed on this website:
3. Immunization against rabies in the Republic of Argentina
Decision 2005/91/EC of the European Union establishes the period of time after which a rabies vaccine is considered as valid immunization. According to this regulation a rabies vaccine is considered valid immunization twenty-one (21) days after it is applied. This period of time is not necessary in the case of booster rabies vaccines administered to the animal during the period of validity of a former rabies vaccination, certified by the corresponding documents.
It must be remembered that the minimum age for the application of this vaccine is three (3) months.
F.- Requirements for Obtaining an International Veterinary Certificate at “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station.
a) The interested party must bring the animal for identification verification by means of an official reading of the microchip or tattoo.(*)
b) The interested party must draw up a sworn statement detailing the geographical location of the place where the animal has lived during the last SIX (6) months (see a model in the Annex of this Procedure)
c) Presentation of the original and one photocopy of the Rabies Vaccination Certificate issued by a Private Veterinarian, after the period of time necessary for said vaccination to be considered valid according to European Regulations already mentioned. The original Certificate will be returned to the interested party after the necessary verifications.
d) Presentation of an original Health Certificate issued by a Private Veterinarian, which will be considered valid for TEN (10) subsequent days from the date of issue (see model in the Annex of this Procedure).
This certificate will be filed at the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station.
e) The interested party can download from Internet or request at the“Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station at the beginning of this procedure the form that must be filled in with all the data required by Senasa and that must be presented when it is completed. The original of this form must be presented signed (see model in the Annex of this Procedure).
f) Presentation of a photocopy of the Identity Document of the person who is taking the animal to its destination country or if the animal is traveling “unaccompanied”, a photocopy of the Identity Document of the Owner/Person Responsible for the animal in the Republic of Argentina or in the destination country in whose name the International Veterinary Certificate will be issued.
g) Presentation of a photocopy of the certificate of microchip or tattoo application performed by a registered Veterinarian.
h) Payment of a fee according to details mentioned above in this Procedure.
i) The owner of the animal must come in to the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station to complete the Sworn Statement already mentioned that details the animal’s place of residence during the last six (6) months.
(*) When due to force majeur the interested party cannot come in with the animal to the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station, the interested party may request that Official Senasa Personnel go to the animal’s place of residence, to verify the animal’s identification microchip or tattoo. This option depends on the availability of Senasa Personnel.
In this case, the interested party must provide transport for the Official Senasa Personnel. If this visit must be provided outside customer service hours fees for extraordinary services will be charged according to Decree 6610/1956 and its complementary regulations.
G.- Issue of the International Veterinary Certificate
Once all the above detailed requirements are complied with, an Official Veterinarian from the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station will draw up and sign an International Veterinary Certificate, to do so it will be necessary to have:
a) A Certificate of Health issued by a Private Veterinarian (original).
b) A rabies vaccine certificate (copy).
c) The interested party’s sworn statement detailing the animal’s place of residence (original).
d) A document certifying the application of a microchip or tattoo (copy).
This International Veterinary Certificate issued by Senasa is valid for ten (10) days from the date of issue at the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station.
H.- Requirements Prior to Animal Embarkation
This certificate does not require any consular procedure and its original (once it is issued by the Private Veterinarian) must be attached to the original International Veterinary Certificate (see a model of this Good Health Certificate in Spanish/English languages in the Annex of this Procedure).
I.- Special Procedure for European tourists who have Visited the Republic of Argentina and Return to the European Union with Cats and/or Dogs with a European Community Pet Passport
In those cases in which the cat and/or dog entered the Republic of Argentina accompanied and vouched for by a European Community Pet Passport issued by a European country (according to Commission Decision 2003/803/EC) and the interested party wishes to return to any of the EC countries detailed, they must present the following documents to return the animal to said country:
a) The European Community Pet Passport (original) and one photocopy of the section of this document with the following information:
a.1. Animal owner’s personal information
a.2. Description of the animal
a.3. Identification of the animal by microchip or tattoo
a.2. Current rabies vaccine
b) An original Health Certificate issued by a Private Veterinarian, considered valid for ten (10) days from the date of issue (see model in Annex of this Procedure).
c) A sworn statement detailing the animal’s place of residence during the last six (6) months (see model in Annex of this Procedure)
In these cases the interested party must also present themselves with the animal for identification verification.
Once all these requirements have been complied with an Official Veterinarian from “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station will sign the European Community Pet Passport in the corresponding section, this will also be valid for embarkation during ten (10) subsequent days from the date of issue at the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station.
Once signed by an Official Veterinarian, the European Community Pet Passport must be signed by a Private Veterinarian within the twenty-four (24) hours prior to embarkation, in the section corresponding to the obligatory clinical exam.
J. Intervention by Senasa at the Point of Exit of the Republic of Argentina
Senasa Personnel working at the Point of Exit from the Argentine Republic (e.g. Ezeiza Airport), that is the animal’s point of embarkation, will identify the cat and/or dog by its microchip or tattoo and ensure that all requirements of the Competent Authorities of the European Union have been complied with.
K.- Additional Requirement Only for Dogs with Destination Finland
In the case of dogs with destination Finland, the Competent Authorities of that country require, within the framework of their National Program for the Control and Eradication of Echinococosis, that the animal should have been treated with internal and external antiparasitic medication against Echinococcus granulosus and ticks respectively.
The following information must be detailed in the original certificate issued by the Private Veterinarian on his prescription pad: Name and manufacturer of the products, date and hour of their administration and name, surname, address, postal code, city and telephone number of the Veterinarian.
The original certificate will be filed at the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station with the rest of the required documents, and the information it contains will be included in the International Veterinary Certificate.
The International Veterinary Certificate issued by Senasa at the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station according to this Procedure, uses the model required for this by the European Union Competent Authorities and this model only allows details of one animal per certificate.
Likewise, the Health Certificate issued by the Private Veterinarian can only contain information related to one animal.
The requirements detailed in this Procedure for international certification for cats and dogs are due, amongst other things, to the new requirements imposed by the animals’ destination countries, by the need to identify the persons responsible for the animals and the difficulties related to this, the problems made known to Senasa by the Competent Authorities of the destination countries and Senasa requirements that must be complied with in commercial settings.
The detailed Procedure for the issue of an International Veterinary Certificate is necessary to accompany and vouch for cats and dogs dispatched temporarily or permanently abroad.
When the animal dispatched is going to carry out a temporary stopover in a third country before the country of destination, this must be mentioned in the corresponding place in the form.
Some countries require a consular procedure that must be carried out in the Consulate or diplomatic office off said countries in the Republic of Argentina before the animal leaves the country with the Senasa International Veterinary Certificate. This procedure is not a Senasa requirement nor responsibility: however, the personnel of the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station possess the necessary information for those that require it. When this Procedure was drawn up the only country requiring this consular procedure was Spain.
The interested parties in the interior of the country who find it expensive and impractical to come in to the “Lazareto Capital” Quarantine Station can consult the feasibility of carrying out the necessary procedures at the Local Senasa Office in their region.
The Private Veterinarian or the transport company must be consulted on the conditions and devices necessary for transporting the animal.
M.- Meaning of the Terms and Expressions Used in this Procedure
Below is the meaning of the terms and expressions used in this Procedure.
Non-commercial pet animals: These are cats and dogs that accompany their owner, or a person who takes responsibility for them on behalf of their owner during their transport, in number equal to or less than five (5) and that are not being sold nor is their ownership being transferred (this definition is taken from article 3, item a) of Regulation EEC 998/2003).
Competent Authorities: These are the Official Veterinary Services of the member-countries of the European Union, that are natural interlocutors of Senasa when agreeing and guaranteeing current requirements for the exchange of cats and dogs.
Good Health Certificate: This is the original issued by a Private Veterinarian in which they certify that the animal is in a satisfactory sanitary condition and in condition to be transported to the country of destination in the European Union. This certificate must accompany the International Veterinary Certificate.
Health Certificate: This is the original issued by a Private Veterinarian in which they certify the health status of the animal.
Sanitary Certificate: This is the original issued by an authorized Veterinarian in a country in which a cat or a dog from the Argentine Republic is making a temporary stopover that certifies that the sanitary condition of the animal is satisfactory and that it can continue its journey.
International Veterinary Certificate: This is the certificate issued by an Official Senasa Veterinarian in the Argentine Republic that certifies the existence of the certificates and guarantees required by the Competent Authorities. This certificate must accompany and vouch for the animal until admission and entry into the destination country.
Rabies Vaccine Certificate: This is the original certificate issued on application of a rabies vaccine to a cat or a dog by a Private Veterinarian on the form of mandatory use determined by the Professional College in which the veterinarian is registered.
Dispatch: This is the intention of the interested party of sending cats or dogs to the aforementioned countries of the European Union for any reason and leaving by any exit point in the Argentine Republic (by air, sea or land)
"Lazareto Capital" Quarantine Station: This is the name of the Senasa office where an interested party can obtain information on sending a cat or dog abroad.
Form: Document that must be filled in by the interested party in duplicate to be handed in to Senasa Personnel and which must contain all required information and must have all required documents attached.
European Community Pet Passport: This is the document issued by the European Competent Authorities to accompany and vouch for cats or dogs during their whole life and which the aforementioned authorities consider to have the same validity as an International Veterinary Certificate
Official Veterinarian: This is the Senasa Veterinarian that is internationally recognized as being able to sign an International Veterinary Certificate.
Private Veterinarian: This is the Private Veterinarian who has a current registration number in the corresponding Professional College of their geographical area and who is therefore authorized to carry out the activities mentioned in this Procedure.
Procedure: Is the operative method used by Senasa in accordance with regulations determined by the Competent Authorities for the authorization of the dispatch of cats and dogs abroad.
In the annexes of this Procedure there is a model of a Sworn Statement that must be completed by the interested party with details of the place of residence of the animal during the last six (6) months.
There is also a model proposed by Senasa for the Certificate of Health that must be issued by a Private Veterinarian. As has been already mentioned above, the Private Veterinarian can only include details of one (1) animal in this certificate.
Furthermore, until Professional Veterinary Colleges print and distribute amongst their registered members a model of a Health Certificate for mandatory use, Senasa will consider as valid either the model included in this Procedure or the non-mandatory model printed by the Veterinary Professional Colleges or the use of the Private Veterinarian’s prescription pad with a letterhead as long as the certificate contains all the mandatory information.
There is also a model of the Form that must be filled in by the interested party, this can be downloaded from Internet and completed at home before coming in to the "Lazareto Capital" Quarantine Station, thus avoiding delays.
Finally there is a model of the Good Health Certificate that must be filled in by a Private Veterinarian within the twenty-four (24) hours prior to embarkation of the animal for the European Union.