Start Early: Sometimes 9 Months in Advance
All countries have different requirements. Some involve a lot of time. Don’t wait until the last minute to find out your pet’s health certificate should have been translated. Some countries even require you to have it signed by a government official! So get started early.
More Than an ID Tag
For many countries, a collar and a tag are not enough. Some require a microchip or tattoo. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to determine the proper ID (see link below).
Resources: Everything You Need
Airline Travel Resources
Check these AAHA Web pages for more information on airplane travel with specific pets:
Pet Shipping Services
You can also use a professional pet shipping service to transport your pet. For more information, contact:
Travel with Young Animals
Puppies or kittens younger than 3 months old cannot be vaccinated against rabies. If you’re traveling with a young animal, you must agree to isolate them from other animals in the country until 30 days after your pet has been vaccinated. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting to find out the specific requirements. A listing of consulates can be found at: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/springsummer/.
Arriving Back Home
Pets coming into the United States are subject to regulation by the USDA. Reptiles and fish are subject to regulation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. Once you’re home, have your pet checked by your veterinarian to make sure it hasn’t been exposed to any parasites or diseases.
Based on information from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service . Review and additional information provided by Erin Newport, DVM, AAHA Veterinary Advisor.