Traveling Worldwide with your pet

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Traveling Worldwide with your pet — 615 Comments

  1. I am just beginning the process of returning from the USA to England with my two cats – I want to obtain international passports for them rather than face six months quarantine. I am finding it a bit daunting! And where to begin?? Firstly does anybody know of a Vet that has knowledge of what that is required and what standards to meet in terms of microchips etc – based North Chicago/South Milwaukee. I am having no luck at all.

  2. Pets traveling from the United States to Australia will be placed in quarantine for a minimum of 30 days. There is no way around this requirement.


  3. What about Australia? I would like to take my dog from LA to sydney, but putting her into quarantine is not an option, so I don’t know if I can bring her…..

  4. The US is not overly strict on the issue of the pet being vaccinated in advance. It is unlikely that you would have any problem entering the US.

    What State are you flying into – Some States have additional requirements relating to the rabies vaccination.


  5. Even though New Zealand is rabies free the UK requires the same process.
    Your pet must be micro chipped with the ISO microchip
    Vaccinated for rabies
    Have a blood titre test performed at least six months prior to entering the UK – if the blood titre test is not done six months in advance then the pet will go into quarantine for the remainder of the six months.
    Just prior to travel your veterinarian will complete the EU form 998 veterinary certificate.

    For the complete rules and all the necessary forms you can go to and then click on Pet Passports – Immigration Info


  6. Hi,

    My partner n I live in New Zealand n we are wishing to travel back to my home county of the UK.
    We like to take our beloved 2) 6 month old leonberger/black lab pups with us.
    What is required fom NZ to UK?

    Thanks kindly,

    Diana Mitchell

  7. 30 days rabies….

    I am preparing to move from China to the USA with my pet cat. I am wondering if US customs is strict about the rabies vaccine being at least 30 days old. My cat has lived inside my apartment here for 4 years with no contact to other animals, so his vaccines are not all current. I thought the rabies could be administered the week before flying while his flight papers were being prepared.

    What would happen if I arrived in the USA with a rabies certificate that is more recent than 30 days? I plan to take him to a pet-free home in America so he would not have contact with other animals.

  8. The only pet friendly hotel i am aware of is the Manquehue Hotel – if you go to you will find a search feature in the top left hand corner. type in santiago and change the country to chile and you can book it there.

    If you need additional information or the forms for taking a pet into chile go to and then click on Pet Passports Immigration Information and scroll down to Chile.


  9. If your dog is small enough to fit in an under the seat carrier it would be allowed in the cabin with you. Generally speaking under 15 lbs and less than 11 inches tall.

    To travel to Spain your pet must be micro chipped, vaccinated for rabies and then the vet will fill out the EU form 998. There is no quarantine.

    For the complete instructions and forms for taking a pet to Spain go to and then click on Pet Passports Immigration Information and scroll down to Spain.


  10. Would my small maltese be allowed to travel in cabin with me from the US to Spain? Is there a quarantine? Exactly what records and forms would I need? How do I obtain a bi-lingual health certificate? We are just starting to look into spending three to six months in Spain and will only go if we can keep our dogs with us at all times.

  11. Hi there!
    My two dogs will accompany us to Chile this Summer. We have checked out most of the requirements for entry and reentry to the US but any additional info is great. Also, Do you know of any dog friendly hotels in Santiago, Chile that we could stay in for the first few days before moving into our apartment?


  12. There are a lot of different issues involved. Airlines will not transfer pets in cargo from one airline to another. So you will need to pick up the pet from the first airline and then re-check it at the next airline.

    In my opinion your pet would be better off in its own pet crate for that long a period although at some of the stops you should be able to get it out and change the dry fur pads.

    Hong Kong can be a problem but not if you are just transiting the country “just changing airlines or flights”. If you enter Hong Kong then different rules will apply.

    The cat will travel in the cargo hold but as checked baggage that means if you check it from country a to country b you can pick it up at the baggage claim area in country b.

    Once you have picked up the cat from baggage claim if the next airline allows it to travel in the cabin then you could do that if the airline agrees. Another problem is that you are dealing with two types of pet carriers. a hard sided one for the transport in the cargo section and a soft sided carrier if you take the pet in cabin.

    You will definitely need health certificates.


  13. Before you leave Ireland ask your veterinarian for a blue pet passport. It will allow you to travel freely throughout Europe.


  14. The US does not quarantine healthy pets including guinea pigs so you will have no problem entering the country with a health certificate from a veterinarian stating that the pet is healthy.

    Most airlines will not allow guinea pigs to travel in the cabin so it will need to travel as checked baggage in a pet crate.

    If you need the US veterinary certificate you can find it at and then click on Pet Passports Immigration forms.

  15. Hi, I live in L’Aquila, Italy, where we just had the earthquake, and seeing as how the area is pretty much destroyed and my husband and I have therefore lost our jobs, we’re trying to leave. I’m American and would like to return there. Problem is, we have a beloved guinea pig that needs to come with me. I’m having A LOT of problems finding information on what my options are. Any ideas???
    Thank you,

  16. hi, we live in Ireland at the moment but are going home very soon and want to take our dog with us. he is microchipped and was rabbies vaccinated. im worried about traveling by car, cuz well be going thrue whole Europe (from France to Latvia) and after will go to Russia. for which country do we have to get the sertificates and which countries regulations do we have to meet? we wont be even staying in any of those countries, just driving thrue. what else do we have to do before leaving?

  17. for question #2 – I meant: How do you think a cat would cope for 13+ hours in a cargo? How could we make sure it was fed and could relieve itself?

    Although, for future reference, either way, an answer would be appreciated: cargo OR cabin on a long flight!

  18. Hi – great site, thanks. πŸ™‚

    My husband and I recently got a cat upon moving to the small country of Swaziland in southern Africa.

    We’ll be moving back to South Korea in two years (I know this is a bit early to be asking, but I like to be prepared) – and to get there from Swaziland, this is our route:::

    Matsapha, Swaziland – Johannesburg, South Africa (1 hour trip/Swazi Airlink) – Hong Kong, Hong Kong (13-15 hour trip/S. African Airways) – Incheon, South Korea (3-5 hour trip/Asiana Airlines)

    I see on your site that Asiana allows pets in the cabin, but that SAA does not – and that pets must go in the cargo. So here are my questions:

    1) If my cat were to be checked into the cargo hold from SA to HK, would I be allowed to get it from the cargo to take into the cabin for the HK to SK trip (provided the layover was long enough)?

    2) How do you think a cat would cope for 13+ hours in a cabin? How would we make sure it was fed and could relieve itself?

    Thanks so much. It’s a 36 hour trip, give or take a few hours – with 3 different airlines … and so I’m just a *bit* concerned. Would appreciate any help/advice! thanks!

  19. In the US one can travel with a service dog (lab) in the cabin, although it is easiest in first class. Are there any restrictions with the airlines leaving the US or returning to the US with a service dog from Europe?

    thank you

  20. Hi Martha
    From an immigration standpoint it does not matter who picks up the dog in Chicago. If you are having someone else do it I would provide them with a letter authorizing that person to pick up the dog.

    You should also provide that person who picks up the dog copies of the health certificate as that person will have to clear it through immigration.

    If you have a responsible person to pick the dog up then it probably makes no difference.

    Remember the dog will arrive in Chicago at the air cargo terminal and not at the passenger terminal.

    If you have additional questions let me know.


  21. Hi, i am planning to move to milwaukee this year and also want to take my dog with me. Because of his weight he have to be shipped by cargo. Continental will be my choice. I am traveling from Caracas Venezuela to Chicago (because Continental doesnt have animal shipping to MKE. So i have several questions…do i have to be with the dog when he arrive to the US (Houston, texas). I wont be traveling with him because there is no way i can do immigration and customs in one hour, so i will have to take a later flight (he will be leaving houston at 1:45 pm and i will be leaving at 3:45pm) so can somebody else pick him up at chicago until i arrive? should it be better to go first to Chicago and then send him two days later so i can wait for him?
    Thanks a lot for all your help!!!!

  22. Israel is fairly pet friendly as long as they have advance notice of your arrival. You must notify the Veterinary Services at Ben Gurion Airport at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Provide the arrival ETA and the name of the airline and the flight number. Fax a photocopy of the veterinary certificate to the airport at: 972 3 925 4319 or to the office at Bet Dagan: 972-3-968-8986 or 972 3 968 1649.

    At the time of arrival in Israel I would discuss the re-entry requirement with the veterinary officer. In reading their regulations I do not see anything that would prohibit you from going back into Israel as long as you give them advance notice.

    Jordan has the same status of a country with a low incidence of rabies as the US so the same rules and forms should apply.


  23. I am traveling with my service dog to Israel and Jordan. He is ISO microchipped, has Recent Rabies vac. and will have the USDA vet form which I will take to the USDA to have stamped a couple days before we leave. My problem/question is that we are only staying about 5-6 days in Israel then driving to Jordan. We are staying 2 weeks in Jordan but then have to drive back to Israel for our departure flight from Tel Aviv. How/what do I need to do, if anything to allow my dog to re enter Israel? I’m unclear if my origional health cert will surfice or if I need a whole new one from Jordan. Anything else you think I may need. Has anyone had experience traveling to Israel with a dog? I am not concerned in Jordan, dogs are well recieved and pretty easy regs (health cert and rabies). I am getting really nervous about my Israel leg of the trip and considering changing to just Jordan, are my worries justified? Any help will be greatly appreciated, even the Israel consulate was unable to answer the re entry question.

  24. This is a question better answered by your veterinarian. If the cat was younger I would suggest that it go as cargo in a large pet crate. That way the cat will not disturb anyone and will have plenty of room.

    The under seat pet carriers are quite limited in space for a flight of that length. Even though the cat only weighs 11 lbs you may have a height problem which I cannot comment on unless you give me the height of the cat from top of head to the floor.

    My recommendation if your veterinarian feels that the pet is healthy enough would be to transport it as check baggage (cargo hold).

    If you need the forms for bringing the pet to the US or any of the other necessary items to transport it go to

    If I can answer additional questions please let me know.


  25. I’m getting ready to move back to the U.S. from Europe and am bringing my cat. I’m having a hard time deciding if it would be better for him to fly in the cabin or the hold. In the cabin he would be with me but might howl a lot, in the hold he would have more room to move around but might be more scared. Flight will be 9 hours, he’s 15 years old and weighs about 11 lbs. Any recommendations? I’m probably more worried about this than he will be.

  26. I believe I sent you the link to the USDA/APHIS website where we get out information. We know of no restrictions on bringing healthy pets into the US other than those outlined in our instructions.

    If you have not ordered the instructions and forms you may wish to do so at and then click on Pet Passports Immigration Forms. the cost is $7.50 and we can email them to you.


  27. Thank you for your prompt response as I appreciate it very much. In regards to the screwworm you mentioned, my dogs are kept strictly indoors and have to access to the outside world but I will have them checked out. Besides, I periodically have them wormed anyway. Besides a medical clearance, shots, and screwworm free certification, is there anything else that I need to meet in order for me to bring them back to the US from vietnam. Is this place on a restriced list of any kind? They’re originally from California and I can have their old vet forward me their files for confirmation need be. I need to be certain, because as I mentioned previously last email, a friend of mine tried to bring his dog that he brought to vietnam back to the states and said that he couldn’t. This is very important to me as I have to make the necessary arrangements if it can be done to bring them back with me. Again, thank you for your guidance and looking forward to your response.


  28. The rules are as follows: Jerry
    Pets over 3 months of age must have been vaccinated for Rabies more than 21 days prior to travel. Pets under 3 months of age are not allowed entry except as below.

    Entry of dogs, cats and ferrets under three (3) months of age
    Entry into the EU is allowed for pet animals under three months of age, unvaccinated against rabies, only from third countries included in annex II, Chapter C of Regulation (EC) 998/2003, under the condition that they are accompanied by their mother during their movements and are not more than four animals..

    The veterinary health certificate for the pet under 3 months of age should certify the date of birth and the characteristics of the newly born.

    The mother who is accompanying the pet under 3 months of age must meet the normal requirements for entry into an EU country including having been vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to travel, having been identified with the ISO 15 digit microchip and who have the EU veterinary certificate for the country they are entering which certificate shall be signed by a licensed/accredited veterinarian and certified/endorsed by the Official Veterinary Authority of the country from which they are departing.

  29. I want to travel to Italy with a puppy too young for a rabies vaccine. My son is in the Army over there and I will be visiing and would like to bring this dog . I see on this website that animals younger than 3 months can travel , but it doesn’t say what the certain regulations are , can you help ? Thank you

  30. The US does not quarantine healthy pets who have been vaccinated for rabies and who are accompanied by a certificate of good health.

    In addition Vietnam is considered a country that has a disease called screwworm so the veterinarian in Vietnam will need to make a statement that the pet has been inspected and is free of screwworm.

    If you need the complete instructions and forms go to and then click on Pet Passport Immigration Forms. We can email them to you. The cost is $7.50


  31. I have been residing in vietnam for the last five years with my six dogs that I brought back from the states with all the necessary required papers. I heard from a friend that the US will not let me bring them back now because they have been in vietnam due to their lack of veterinarian services. On the contrary, their have been a wave of foreigners as well as foreign trained vets now operating in the main cities where many foreigners, especially westerners who are here for business and living here are bringing their pets back. Can anyone give me some advice on how to go about bringing my dogs back to the US now. Thanks for your help!


  32. As you probably know Ireland requires that your pet first be microchipped with the ISO 15 digit microchip and then vaccinated for rabies and then have a blood titre test performed at least six months before entering Ireland. A ticks and tapeworms treatment will also be required. Your veterinarian may or may not have the ISO 15 digit microchip and the necessary forms for Ireland. If he does not you can obtain them at

  33. I Have a few questions about taking my pet with me to Ireland When I move within the next year.

    I was at the Pet Travel Store website and was wondering if I should purchase the Immigration form and microchip from the website and just have my Vet fill it out and shuch or just go to my local Vet and get the documents from them?

    I was also wondering, I plan on traveling on Aer Lingus airlines do they have any regulations that I should know of for traveling with my pet in the cabin with me because I don’t want to check her as cargo if I can avvoid it.

  34. Hi Sandi
    As long as you are entering Canada by car you should have no problem using the same veterinary certificate for several months as long as the rabies vaccination has not expired. All countries do like to receive current information on the health of pets entering the country.

    If you are traveling by air the airline normally wants the veterinary certificate created within ten days of the flight.

  35. Your website gives the following information about taking pets into Canada:

    A current health certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian in either English or French and dated within 10 days prior to departure to Canada must accompany pet stating that the veterinarian has examined the dogs and is satisfied that the pets are not less than eight (8) weeks of age at the time of examination, are free of any clinical evidence of disease, were vaccinated not earlier than at six (6) weeks of age for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and parainfluenza virus, and can be transported to Canada without undue suffering by reason of infirmity, illness, injury, fatigue or any other cause
    Proof of vaccination is required including the date on which the dogs were vaccinated, that the vaccine was licensed by the country of origin of the dogs, and the trade name and serial number of the vaccine, and
    The certificate must be signed by the veterinarian and clearly identify his name

    I find this information nowhere else on the web and am wondering if it is current. We will be going to canada several times in the next several months and am wondering if I will need to take the dog to the vet every time we go for this health certificate that you mention.
    Thank you very much.

  36. Hi Heidi. You will have no problem entering the US as the US does not quarantine healthy animals who have a certificate of good health and have been vaccinated for rabies. If the pet only transits France and remains on the same airline then you do not need to worry about the regulations for France. If the pet actually enters France then a blood titre test will be required. Air France is an excellent choice for the transportation. I would suggest that you travel with the pet as you would be available in France to make certain the pet is transferred to the next flight. You will find the shipping cost to be less if it is an accompanied pet. If I can answer additional questions please let me know. You can find the complete instructions and the necessary forms for either the US or France by gong to and then clicking on Pet Passports.

  37. Hello! I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa. I am trying to get my German Shepherd home to America with me. Is Togo considered a high or low rabies incident country? (aka do I need to do blood work for him if I have to fly through Paris?) Also, the only airline I know of that will ship him without me is Air France. Are you aware of any other airlines? I would prefer to ship him ahead of me so that if there are any difficulties I would still be in the country to deal with them, or do you think it’s too traumatic for a dog to arrive in a new country without it’s owner? Thank you!

  38. You have many options to choose from. The pet does not need to go into quarantine at all if it does not go into the UK, Australia, New Zealand and a few other rabies free countries. You can take your pet to an EU country with the blood titre test done in advance or they can go into most Asian countries and the United States, Mexico, or Canada with a health certificate and vacinations.

  39. As with many South Africans who are looking into immigration, we are faced with the heart-wrentching fact about what to do with our pet dogs. If they have to spend 6 months in quaratine, where do they spend it (country and place), what are the conditions like and what is the physchological effect ont he dogs.

  40. Dear PTT,

    Thanks very much for your response! You’ve really put my mind at ease. I will definitely spread the word about your site/services.

  41. Yes, the name and contact information is on the instruction sheet for China.

    You can avoid the entire quarantine by having an agent in China handle the immigration of the pet for you.

    Let us know if you have further questions.

  42. Er, oops. I just went to the posted link – there’s no mention in the China forms packet of instructions specifically relating to a licensed pet agent – is it “Instructions for taking your pet to China”?

    Also, you have the following language: “Your pet will be quarantined for 7 days upon arrival in China and then subject to an additional 23 days of home quarantine,” which was my understanding of the latest regulations. Are you saying that using a licensed pet agent would allow the entire quarantine to be completed at home?

    I am more than happy to purchase the forms (and will do so), I just want to clarify these points.

    Also, do you have additional information on bringing your pet back to the United States?

    Thanks again – you have a great resource here.

    * Instructions for taking your pet to China

  43. Thanks, admin – it’s much appreciated. I’m much more familiar with Beijing and that’s likely where I’ll be heading, so good to know.

  44. If you use a licensed pet transport agent in China there is no quarantine except for what is called home quarantine. Either airport is fine although Bejing immigration is slightly more sophisticated. Our instructions contain contact information for a licensed pet transport agent who can handle everything in China get your pet quickly through immigration. You can find all you need here:

  45. I may be moving to China in the next 6 months or so and would like to bring my cat. I’ve read your updated information. I’m concerned about the mandatory quarantine as I have no idea under what sort of conditions the pets are kept. I have several additional questions. I’ve heard that using a pet agent simplifies the process tremendously and can help avoid the quarantine altogether. I’m wondering if this is still true. I’d also like to know if bringing a pet directly to Beijing is significantly more problematic than going through Shanghai. Anyone with any recent experiences, I would love to hear from you.

  46. Peru does not quarantine healthy pets arriving from the US.

    You will need an import permit and a veterinary certificate both available at httsp:// Peru charges a small fee at the time of entry of less than 20 dollars. And of course the pet must be vaccinated for rabies but no other vaccinations required.

    Your pet should be fine to travel in the cabin with you. We have several excellent choices for airline compliant in-cabin carriers at this URL:
    Pet Travel
    Pet Travel Store

  47. I’m trying to study in Lima, Peru next year. I want to take my 9.5 pound Pomeranian with me. I looked on your website, but I didn’t see Peru’s classification for rabies as a country. Which category are they? And what would the quarantine policy be? He’s very healthy, 8 months old, and has all his vaccinations, including rabies.

  48. We can find no regulations about traveling with animal remains across the border to the United States or Canada. TSA has no problems with it on an airline as long as the remains are in a recipticle that can be x-rayed. As long as it is in a container that could be inspected, you should have no problems.

  49. I’ll be traveling by car from Mexico to Canada. I’m taking my two golden retrievers and the ashes from the one we lost. Are there any rules or laws I should know about to take into consideration when traveling with my pet’s ashes? I’d really love to take her ashes with me.

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