Organizing an international move for your beloved pet can be a daunting task, and one of the most time-consuming and occasionally exasperating aspects of this process is navigating the intricate web of pet travel paperwork.
While the United States may have relatively straightforward export requirements for pets, the intricacies lie in the specific regulations imposed by each airline and, most importantly, the destination country. Every airline and country has its own unique set of requirements that must be meticulously adhered to in order to guarantee a smooth and hassle-free journey for your furry companion.
It’s important to recognize that these distinct rules and procedures exist, and understanding and following them is paramount to ensuring the trouble-free travel of your pet.
Common vaccinations and requirements for international pet travel typically include:
- DHPP (Distempter, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
- Bordatella (kennel cough)
- CIV (Canine Influenza Virus) – may be required for boarding
- FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)
- FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) – may be required for boarding
In addition to these basic vaccinations, most countries also require an ISO-compliant microchip (must be 15 digits).
Depending on your country of destination, your pet may also need the following to adhere to your pet relocation requirements:
- Import permits
- Rabies titer tests
- Blood tests
- Parasite treatments
- USDA endorsed health certificates
It’s crucial to start the preparation for international pet travel well in advance, as some requirements may need to be fulfilled several months before your planned departure. Failure to comply with the specific requirements of your destination country can result in your pet being denied entry or quarantined upon arrival.
Remember to always double-check with the relevant authorities, your veterinarian, and your pet travel coordinator with World Pet Travel for the most up-to-date and accurate information on the vaccination and travel requirements for your specific destination.
It’s important to note that the list provided here doesn’t encompass all the prerequisites for relocating your pet. Partnering with a professional pet travel agency can be invaluable in ensuring that you’ve got all your bases covered.