Traveling Internationally With Your Dog
If you are planning on traveling to another country with your dog, it is best to do some careful homework well prior to your planned trip. Most countries have very specific rules concerning pet immigration. Making advance arrangements and checking out the laws of the country of destination will help avoid problems when you try to take your pet abroad.
Create a Pet Passport for Your Dog Prior to Traveling Internationally
A pet passport is a set of all identifying and health-related documents the destination country requires for pets to enter the country. Again, different countries have different requirements concerning what is demanded. But travelers who do not have all their pet’s documentation in order may end up having their pet placed in quarantine upon arrival in the destination country.
For members of the general public traveling outside the United States with pets, the U.S. Department of State recommends the following:
- Contact the appropriate embassy in Washington to confirm the destination country’s entry requirements. Some embassies will provide forms in English for your veteranarian to complete. Note that some countries do not permit pets to enter at all and others mandate quarantine in all instances.
- Review the list of International Animal Export Regulations compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Check the destination country’s requirements to see how close to departure any required veterinary examination, vaccinations and tests must be scheduled.
- Arrange with your veterinarian to have the required vaccinations and certifications completed within the specified time period.
Pet Travel provides pet passport, immigration and quarantine information on more than 100 different countries and is an excellent resource for people wishing to take their dogs along when they see the world.