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 — 864 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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: Note step #5.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Anne – you can find requirments to import a kitten to India here: 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

  11. 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.


  12. 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.

  13. 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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