- Airlines require a health certificate and acclimation letter that must be certified by a veterinarian.
- All health certificates require an exam by a veterinarian.
- Minimum, pets must have a current rabies vaccination.
- Typically, airlines require pet health certificates that are no older than 10 days, even if the receiving country accepts an older one.
- Airline policies regarding other pets may vary; contact airlines directly for additional information.
- Many countries require your pet to have an International Health Certificate (APHIS FORM 7001) to be completed by an APHIS-accredited veterinarian who certifies the pet’s health status.
- Many countries require that the USDA endorse the International Health Certificate.
- Certification requirements vary from country to country, so it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to contact that country’s consulate or embassy for information about any requirements that you must meet.
- Pet owners need to be familiar with the country’s specific requirements before traveling to avoid possible pet quarantine.
- Begin planning your trip as early as possible.
- Let your pet become accustomed to the crate before travel.
- Put identification tags with an emergency phone number on your pet’s collar.
- Print your name, pet’s name, and destination address clearly on the shipping crate.
- Carry a photo of your pet with you.
- Feed your pet just a light meal about six hours before travel.
- Bring dry food along if the trip is long.
- Do not tranquilize the animal.
- Exercise your pet just before traveling.
U.S. Department of State
Taking a Pet Overseas
U.S. Department of Agriculture (APHIS)
Pet Travel Resources Website
Pet Relocation Services
Chicago Pet Transport