International Pet Travel Country Questions

Pet Passport for International TravelTraveling internationally with a pet? Have questions about country requirements for entering with a pet?

  • Will my pet be quarantined?
  • What vaccinations does my pet need?
  • Will my pet need a passport?

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International Pet Travel Country Questions — 878 Comments

  1. We recently moved to Switzerland and left our 9 years old cat back home in Romania. The issue is that one year ago she developed cancer due to rabies vaccination – a fibrosarcoma that had been removed recently – and she is not allowed to take another vaccine in order to not relapse. However, we will get her a passport and a chip, as required.

    Could you please help us with a protocol for entering Switzerland with an unvaccinated cat?
    Thank you!

  2. Hi Justin – we have communicated with APHA in the UK and they have confirmed that there is no Export Health Certificate required for cats and dogs exported to the United States. Best to travel with a current health certificate and your airline may require that. Let us know if you have further questions. Susan

  3. Good morning. I am confused by the UK exportation requirements in Number 12 on your website. https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm Would it be possible to post the text of the actual regulation? Responding here is fine too. I don’t see an age requirement, but in No. 12 of this link on export, I do see a rabies vaccine requirement. I wonder if that’s limited to pets who will return to the UK. Not sure why the UK would have an interest in dogs leaving its borders forever and why that should trump the importing country’s laws. The U.S. does not require the rabies vaccine or certificates for countries that are considered rabies free (as to canines) like the UK. https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united-states/dog-origin.html?fbclid=IwAR1ClQFyfbfUqBa3Y8LcurJAFVHWoi_YieM2YidTDm8Xu76_KYGfpicgQ4s It also does not have age requirements. We are looking at getting a rare breed puppy from England and would want to bring it home before a rabies vaccine would be appropriate. We will get the rabies vaccine here. Any input you can give would be much appreciated.

  4. Monique – sadly, your dog cannot change airline companies in the United States without an import permit which will require a RNATT test. Also, your dog cannot layover in the EU without conforming to their regulations which also require a RNATT. Even if your dog stays on the same airline during the EU layover, it is subject to this new EU requirement. This requirement is new and goes into affect on 1/1/2022. We do not know yet whether the legislation applies to in cabin and accompanied checked baggage but suspect so. Will update this post when we hear.
    Susan

  5. We plan to travel from South Africa to Vancouver with our dog. He is 9years old, weights 10kg’s, has been microchipped & vaccinated (including Rabies shot) but we seem to get conflicting messages of what is required when transiting through airports to get to Vancouver.
    Could you advise best route with the least amount of restrictions and what is required to ensure our pet can travel with us? WE simply cannot leave behind for 3 months while waiting for Rabies blood tests to come back.
    Many Thanks.

  6. Yuliya – we do not have offices in Cambodia and, as such, are not familiar with permits required by Cambodia for CITES protected animals. Best to contact a local agent for direction. You can search for one at IPATA.org.
    Susan

  7. Hello.
    We’re moving to Cambodia from Kazakhstan in January 2022. Together with a cat and a dog, we’re taking with us a Russian tortoise.
    Currently I’m working on the export documentation for her with the local authorities here in Kazakhstan. I know that she’s protected under CITES. I got her as a gift from a person who has a CITES number. Could you please advise on what documents and permissions are required in Cambodia for bringing her in. Very grateful for your help and advice.
    Yuliya

  8. Jada – the first thing to do is to acclimate your cat to its carrier. This will take a lot of time. The process is detailed here: https://blog.pettravel.com/index.php/what-you-must-do-before-traveling-with-a-pet/. You can find regulations to import your cat to Scotland here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Scotland.cfm. Know that, if you fly into the United Kingdom, your cat must travel as air cargo. You can fly into an EU city and take a pet friendly ferry to the UK, then travel by land to Scotland. There are ferries which accept foot traffic and some even have pet friendly cabins to rent. DFDS out of Amsterdam is one example.
    Susan

  9. Hello, I have been reading so much about traveling with pets I just really need the information that I need with me and my cat. I will be moving to Inverness Scotland within the next year or two and I’m a bit confused on all I need to worry about. I have a cat about 6 years old and she’s very anxious and never leaves the house. I’m not so worried about training her to travel because I have ways to work on that with her once I get a carrier. But I am looking for what I need from the vet for her, what airline is best for this travel, could I do a pet transfer service, and anything else I need to know about this. She never leaves my side she’s like my emotional support animal but we help each other. I want to make this as painless as possible for her but if I was more calm and understood everything I need I feel I can ease her more. Any help is appreciated

  10. Hi! Im planning to move back to my home country, Costa Rica, after living 20 years in the Philippines.

    3 years ago i adopted a cat, the plan was to fly manila-los angeles-san jose since that would be the simplest way to travel with my cat, but unfortunately my US visa expires feb 2022 before my scheduled trip. Now my options are:
    Option 1: manila-narita-mexico city-san jose
    Option 2: Manila-Qatar-Madrid-San Jose

    I keep checking online for requirements to transit through qatar, madrid, and mexico with a cat but it all seems so confusing. I am beyond overwhelmed to say the least…

    Can anyone share their experience transiting trough qatar, madeid, mexico? Please?

  11. Hello Chin – as long as you will be entering Canada with your dog, there should be no fee to clear customs unless further inspections are required. You will need to have proof of current rabies vaccination and a health certificate if your airline requires it.
    Susan

  12. what are the requirements to bring my dogs with me when I will be a Permanent residence in Montreal Canada.How much will be the fee?

  13. Tori – you will need an EU health certificate to enter France. Technically, this form is not good for entering the UK. The UK requires a GB health certificate. We would recommend getting both forms issued and endorsed in Mexico before you leave and enter both France annd the UK within the 10 day validity period.
    Susan

  14. Greetings,
    The information you?ve given in website and blog is really helpful.
    I have a question about ?Import Permit?.
    How, where and when should I get that permission?
    I?ll be thankful for the answer.
    Regards

  15. Hi I want to fly with my dog to England from Mexico but instead of flying direct , fly to France and then take the euro tunnel to England. I need to find out if I need further documentation from french authorities to transit to England as I will only have the health certificates etc from the origin destination which would be Mexico. The Uk state that you need all the places on the route .. does anyone know if there are exceptions to transiting ? And if not what do I need to do in France then before entering Uk?

  16. Susie – if you are not traveling on the same flight with your pet, it must fly as unaccompanied air cargo. Almost all airlines require that an agent book the transport for live animals flying as air cargo. As you are not flying with or within 5 days of your pet, it must fly under commercial regulations. You can find these regulations here as well as all regulations to import a dog, cat or ferret to Germany here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Germany.cfm. Note step #5.
    Susan

  17. Hi
    I am looking into relocating from Australia to Germany. Ideally I would travel 6-8 weeks before bringing my dog over so I could do some small trips and set up my apartment for his arrival. I understand that if he must travel within 5 days of my arrival in order to be considered non-commercial. Could you please provide any insights into what people normally do when traveling separately to their pet?

  18. Andreea – your cat must be revaccinated for rabies AFTER the chip has been implanted and wait for either 21 days (if you are entering from a rabies-controlled country or anohter EU Member State) or 30 days before a rabies titer test (if entering from a high-rabies country). Swiss customs authorities will not recognize any rabies vaccinations administered prior to a chip being implanted. Just recording it in the passport will not solve the problem.
    Susan

  19. Hi,
    I am traveling with my cat by air, to Switzerland.
    He has been vaccinated against rabies before being microchipped and before his passport issued, and the vaccine is registered in the health certificate; the vaccine is still valid at the intended date of the flight – but is it a problem that the vaccine was made before the chip & passport? The veterinarian suggested to enter the vaccine?s data in the passport – series and expiration date, which makes sense, but would it be an accepted solution?
    Thank you!

  20. Aiham – we do not customs clear pets in Turkey and we do not have an answer to your question. Best to contact an agent in Turkey with your inquiry. You can search for one at IPATA.org.
    Susan

  21. Vinicius – if your puppy’s passport was issued in Russia, it will not be accepted for travel within the EU. You will need to visit an EU veterinarian and get an EU Pet Passport. With that, you can travel within the EU and also the UK.
    Susan

  22. Anne – you can find requirments to import a kitten to India here: https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/india.cfm. Regulations state that live animals can only be imported to New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kolkata. As for your question, we are not aware of airport regulations for Kerala; however, Air India transports pets in the cabin and you could contact them to inquire if their policies allow for in-cabin import. Best to arrive at a large international airport and clear customs, then proceed onward. You will need an agent in India to procure the Notice of No Objection for you. A family member or a representative can do this as well. The applicant must file the request in person. We do not have offices in India but you can search for an agent at IPATA.org.
    Susan

  23. Hi, me and my family are planning to travel permanently with our cat from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Istanbul, Turkey. We seem to follow all the regulations except the rabies titer test as it is too expensive. What are we going to face once we arrive at the airport? Will our poor cat be quarantined? And how long do they quarantine it for? I would really appreciate an answer to this as I’m very worried.

    Thanks.

  24. Hi there,

    Earlier this year we have imported a puppy from Russia to Germany. Microchip and vaccination were carried out by the breeder in Russia prior to the export, and all is registered in an “international pet passport”, which contains exactly the same info of the EU pet passport, although not being one. While the rules to travel outside the EU seem quite clear, I could not find much info about the validity of this passport if I want to travel to other EU countries. Would the passport suffice or the dog would need to undergo clinical checks/get a health certificate before we travel within the EU? Any advice is much appreciated.
    Thanks!

  25. Hello,
    We want to take our kitten (will be 5 months old by then) to kerala, India. I have some doubts
    1) I read that in cochin airport pets are not allowed but ht showed 2018.. So I am still confused if thats the truth
    2)is there any other option to bring my pet to kerala (from saudi) we are going exit and won?t be returning back so this is a one way thing
    3) What do you recommend ?
    Thank you for your time
    Anne Zara

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