First of all, I´d like to say I already searched the forum and I found this thread viewtopic.php?t=4052 but all other threads led me to "No route found for "GET /"" So any additional help and/or links to other threads are appreciated! The main questions are in bold in case you don´t want to read everything
Anyway, I have been living in La Serena, Chile for the past year and a half and am visiting the States in February of next year. I´d like to finally bring over my kitty! I´m going to ask my parents to take care of some vaccinations and the forms before I arrive, and others I´ll complete when I´m there.
I´ve been searching a LOT. Here´s what I´ve found so far:
-I need a veterinary health certificate (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/pet-travel/h ... og-cat.pdf) completed by a USDA accredited vet. From my understanding, this certificate needs to be in both English and Spanish. Question: Does this need to be an official translation? If not, I could easily do it myself...
-On the USDA APHIS page (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-tr ... edited-vet), it says to contact my local NVAP coordinator to ask for a list of accredited vets. I contacted her and she told me that for legal reasons she couldn´t send me a list, but if I sent her one she could say whether they are approved or not. Am in the process of looking for a vet and sending her a list.
-I am traveling with LATAM. They have an information page: https://www.latam.com/en_us/travel-info ... with-pets/ and a tips page: https://www.latam.com/content/dam/LATAM ... _cabin.pdf.
-Finally, the list of treatments and vaccines (this is all listed on the health certificate): rabies vaccine between 30 days and 12 months before departure, treatment against endo- and ectoparasites no more than 30 days before departure, vet examination no more than 10 days before departure to be found free of diseases or parasites. LATAM also requires: International veterinary Certificate (IVC), vaccination card, serology report, and certificate of vaccination against worms or parasites. Question: Does anyone know if I need to bring a separate copy of everything required by LATAM, if that makes sense? Or does the health certificate encompass everything? Does anyone have experience flying with LATAM? Almost seems like LATAM requires more documents than the Chilean government, so I´m kind of confused.
Is there anything else I should know or prepare? Anyone have personal experiences? Also, any tips on traveling from Santiago to La Serena with kitty?
Thanks a ton! Sorry for the long post
Other details: I made a sort of passport for each cat with a photo, name of cat, rabies vaccination number and chip number. I brought food with me, which you may not be able to do now. The cats did not eat, but they did drink which is important. If you do bring food, for example in your checked luggage, you must declare it to chile customs. They may confiscate it anyway, but if you declare it they may allow you to keep it.
The most anxiety provoking moments were going through us security. The pets must come out of their carriers, which are x-rayed. I was afraid they would try to escape, but they were too frightened to move. chile customs people were actually very nice. As for the trip to La Serena, if you
have the funds, why not rent a car at the airport and drive?