International Pet Travel Country Questions

International Pet 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?

Post your questions here and we will respond within 24 hours. You can also find information on international pet travel here: international pet travel

393 comments to International Pet Travel Country Questions

  • Marie – the US is a very pet friendly country. You will need to have proof of rabies vaccination at 3 months or more of age and a health certificate issued within 10 days of entry from Greece. There will be no quarantine if these requirements are met.

  • Marie V

    Hello. I am in Athens, Greece for a conference and have met a very nice stray dog that hangs around our hotel. Today I went to give him some water and met the man who feeds him. The man says he found him under his car a few weeks ago and took him to the vet. The vet said he checked out well and he has received the shots he needs.

    I would like to get him back to the USA as I work with rescues and foster dogs often. I know I can get him home and find a very nice family for him, and or keep him if need be and he gets along well with my dogs.

    The man who found him said he would help orchestrate getting him back to the USA. My big question is upon the arrival will he have to be put in quarantine and or will I need to do something else specifically?

  • Monica – you can find requirements for bringing your English Bulldog to Costa Rica here: It will help if the health certificate is translated into Spanish. You will need proof of rabies vaccination. If your pet is a service animal, you should travel with proof of medical certification.

  • Monica

    I am moving back to Costa Rica and I am traveling with my 1 year old English bulldog. She is also my service animal. What other things do I need besides the APHIS form 7001 and the letter from the psychiatrist?? Thanks in advance

  • Brian M.

    Thanks for your quick reply!

    I see. That’s a shame. I will plan accordingly then. I have one more question: Is there a time restriction for dogs re-entering HK? For example if exported my dog less than one year ago can I import the same dog back to HK? Thanks!

  • Brian – all live animals must arrive in Hong Kong as manifest cargo. These restrictions are not the same for pets leaving Hong Kong.

  • Brian M.

    I am planning to move back to Hong Kong from Tokyo with my dog, who I brought with me here. She was allowed into Japan from HK without any quarantine because I had all the documentation. She flew with me in the cabin on Korean Air (A wonderful experience) since she was small enough. I’m pretty sure that going back to HK will be no problem, as long as I have all the right documents with me. And I plan to fly Korean Air again. However, all the information I can find about travelling with a pet to HK says that it must be “manifest cargo”. Does that mean my dog will be unable to fly with me in the cabin like she did on the way here? Because I would assume if she left with me that way she could arrive with me the same way. Am I wrong? Thanks for your time!

  • Hi David – you will need to have your Annex II form endorsed by the USDA, so you need to find a vet who is USDA accredited. As the USDA does not publish any lists of accredited veterinarians, you will need to let your fingers do the walking (as they used to say back when we had phone books…) Your ferrets will need to enter the UK at Heathrow or Gatwick. (if you are wanting to fly into Scotland, let us know.) Your pets will be unloaded from the plane and given to a licensed agent who will take them to the Animal Reception Center for processing and you will pick them up there. Whether your pets travel with you or not, they will need to fly as manifest cargo if they are flying to the UK. You should have a designee (friend or family member) drop off your pets and you, as the owner, should pick them up if at all possible. Your friends should have a declaration from you signed and notarized that there is no change of ownership intented as you don’t want to give anyone the appearance that this is a commercial move. You can hire an agent, and the airline will designate one if you don’t. ( All airlines that offer cargo services will allow ferrets, but in your case, you should contact the cargo department of your chosen airline as your cat will be flying as cargo.

  • Catherine – you will need an Annex II form for Spain. This is a bi-lingual form. The EU only accepts this certificate. As for Russia, if you fly Aeroflot in and out of Russia, you should not need to enter the country. Just do not clear customs; stay in the terminal.

  • David


    I am a ferret owner and I am moving to the UK from USA. My first question is regarding documentation and vaccines. I have had my two ferrets micro chipped and given the rabies vaccine. I’m also searching for a vet in Florida who does certificates of good health for travel 10 days prior to their travel. Is there anything else they need, and will they be given trouble upon arrival in the UK? Also do they need to enter the UK at any specific airport (so they can check in etc).

    My next concern is getting them to the UK. Because my classes are starting and because they had to have their rabies readministered (they previously had no microchip) they have to wait 21 days before travel. I will be going to the UK afew weeks before them. What are some options for their travel? I would like to try not to break the bank but of course their safety is my #1 concern. Are their airlines that will let them fly unaccompanied or perhaps reliable pet shipping services? I thought about buying a friend a ticket and having them accompany him but finding out what airlines even allow ferrets has been a daunting task. I’m open to all suggestions and your help will forever be appreciated (seriously)! Thanks for reading :)

    David Furguiele

  • Catherine

    hello, I planned travel from Hong Kong to Barcelona with my dog on mid of october. he is 9 years old, 4kg, Pomeranian, microchipped, will have the new rabies vaccine next monday. I will take him to vet and make the health certificate soon. but for the pet passport to Spain, can I make it from Hong Kong. and what I need for make it? do I need translate all documents in spanish. Also, I found aeroflot allow passenger hold the dog under 4kg on board, if I transit in Russia, do I need translate all the documents in Russian? After arrive to Spain, will they keep my dog for 3-6 months for check? many many thanks!!!

  • Hi Sunny – the Center for Disease Control and USDA have recently passed legislation requiring that puppies be vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 3 months of age, and that any unvaccinated puppy entering the US from a country other than those considered by the US to be rabies-free be approved for home confinement in advance. (Russia is not on the rabies-free list.) You can email to start the process.

  • Sunny

    Hello, I am flying in from Moscow, Russia and will be in America on a job relocation back to Texas. I have a puppy now at 2 months old and read about rabies vaccination requirement. However, it is mentioned that dogs must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before their entry into the US. Exceptions are puppies less than three months old (other than the rabies vaccination, I have all the notarized/ translation certification from approved vet.). I understand that the puppy should be confined until the rabies vaccination at the age of 3 months and further confinement for 30 days. Would you please confirm this statement?

    OR, CDC only allows puppy at the age of 4 months with vaccination?

    PS. Sorry for the re-post as I have just noticed that question should be direct in the blog/ forum.

    Thank you very much and best regards,

    Sunny B.

  • Yes, that will suffice as a rabies certificate.

  • Ashley – The USDA reflects the 3 year vaccine on their own health certificate, the APHIS 7001 form. You can find it here:

  • KAR

    In your info for bringing dogs to Dominican Republic you refer to ” A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.” – exactly what do you mean by a “Rabies Certificate ” ? Our vets here (TRNC) do not issue rabies certificates – they put all of the rabies vaccination information in the pets vet book and then sign and stamp it – will that suffice ?

  • Hello!

    Your website mentions that the US will accept pets that are being imported with a 3-year Rabies vaccine, however, I can’t confirm that on any of the US CDC websites. Can you provide me a link? (I like to have info like this printed out so I can show customs officials should they ask.)


  • Klara – the UK does ban American Staffordshire Breeds but there is a process by which you can request an exemption. You can find details and an email to request that your dog be placed on an exempted list here:

  • Maya -Pets can only enter New Caledonia having lived in the following countries for a minimum of six (6) months prior to entry: France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Vanutau, Australia and New Zealand. Pets from rabies controlled countries can enter New Caledonia as long as they meet requirements for entering New Zealand. The six month residency rule will apply no matter which of these countries your pets enter from. It is a tough country to import a pet into.

  • Faraz – if you are referring to a visa for yourself, then we cannot answer that. We can tell you about requirements for your pet. You will need proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate. You can find details here:

  • Kay – the original titer tests that were done on 4/16/13 were 2 days short of the required 30 day minimum required by DEFRA. Was the second blood test (done when transiting to Indonesia from the UK) done according to DEFRA regulations and processed in an EU approved laboratory? If so, then the titer test should still be good as long as the rabies vaccinations have been kept up to date.

    We cannot advise as to a way to avoid quarantine and you will need to enter in London where there are quarantine facilities should it be necessary to do so. DEFRA is very responsive to inquiries. For your peace of mind, you may want to contact them.

  • maya

    hi, i want to know if its possible to travel to new caledonia from israel with my dogs because israel is on the list of countries with a high incidence of rabies..if anyone has any information it will help us stay together as a family :) thank you, maya & shlomi

  • fara ahmad khan

    thank u very much for your help:).
    i am an indian nationalised n i am travelling from poland to nepal with my pet . Do i need a visa for entering nepal. I dont think so . As i am an indian nationalised. Plz help me in this .
    Thanking you,

  • kay

    I am wanting to move my two border terriers from our current home in Indonesia to either the UK or France. Both dogs hold a pet passport and have had rabies vaccinations, both from the UK. The problem appears to be the date of the blood test. Vaccination given 19/3/2013, date of sampling 16/4/2013 and date of test 22/4/2013 according to the serology document. The dogs also had a blood test done in Jakarta when originally transiting to Indonesia from the UK on 13/6/2013. We are getting a lot of mixed messages as to whether the dogs will require quarantine due to the test date. Is there any way to avoid this quarantine period if it is required, ie a different flight route? Thank you for you assistance.

  • Klara

    ‘ve got a question about moving my dog in London. It’s American Staffordshiere terrier and I don’t know if they’re allowed in your country. A lot of people said, there’s a plenty of them in London’s parks, walking near the police and everything’s allright. Others said they’re banned because of “pit bull type”. I want to know for sure. Pitbull and American staffordshiere terrier are two different breeds with the same origin. My dog is trained well (evidenced by securities) and he loves children and other dogs. He also has a pedigree. What are conditions for moving to London from Slovenia (EU)?

    Thank you for your answer.

    Kind regards,

  • Hello Faraz – you will need a current rabies vaccination and a health certificate to take your pet to Nepal. (see You will need to verify export requirements for Poland. You should not have problems as long as regulations are followed.

  • fara ahmad khan

    I am an Indian nationalised and want to travel with my pet to nepal from poland. Will i be able to travel without any problem . As i will avoid indian route. .
    please help me as this pet is very close to me
    Thanking you,


  • Hi Kelsie – As long as your Yorkie has been vaccinated for rabies once AFTER the microchip is implanted and the vaccination was given at least 21 days prior to entering Denmark or the vaccination has not expired, then you should be fine entering Denmark with an Annex II form completed within 10 days of travel. Your airlines may require a health certificate (some of them do and some don’t). EU regulations do not address any other vaccinations except that for rabies. If you need details and links to instructions and forms required, you can find them here:

    As for importing food, you may consider emailing the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries of Denmark with your inquiry as we are not familiar with Danish law on importing food.

  • Kelsie


    I will be traveling from Canada to Denmark this coming September 2014 – I plan on taking my 1 year old yorkie with me as well. We will be staying for 6 months. I’m wondering if i am able to bring his dog food (bad kibble) to Denmark. Also, he is already microchipped so I am wondering if there are any additional vaccines other than rabies that will need to be updated as well as the required paperwork to travel with him to Denmark with no difficulty. Thanks in advance!!

  • Fara – to enter Nepal, you will need proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entry and a health certificate issued within 10 days of entry. Nepal does not quarantine healthy, vaccinated pets. When planning your route, avoid India if at all possible. The No Objection Certificate is required to enter India and you will not be permitted to do that as you are not relocating there.

  • fara ahmad khan

    I want to import a dog from poland to nepal ,do i need a no objection certificate from nepal quarantine ? My pet is vaccinated and microchipped. I have veterinary certificate and export health certificate

  • Hi Virginia – according to German regulations for bringing an unvaccinated puppy to the country, you will need to get permission from the Veterinary Authority in the state you are entering the country. This would depend on the airport you are flying into as Germany permits entry into several airports.

  • Virginia Swain

    I want to take my 2 kittens aged 10 weeks from Greece to Germany. They were born indoors, their mother was vaccinated against rabies, but she will not travel with them, they have not been outside or exposed to other animals. I have the form, signed by the vet in the back of the passport stating this, but the German pages I have found are not clear about whether they will allow entry. I am afraid if I am stopped at customs they will not agree. Time is short, I travel on 9/7, I have only just found this could be a possible problem. Greece is a rabies controlled country, and the kittens have chip and other health vaccinations. Do you know if there could be a problem at customs? Thank you.

  • Rubens – you can find requirements for taking your cat to Brazil with links to instructions and forms here: Your route is concerning and here is why. Because the airlines do nit interline pets (move them from one airline to another airline), you will need to claim your pet from Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong and recheck it on Qatar Airways in Doha. This will likely cause you to clear customs and enter India. This will complicate things significantly due to India’s regulations. It is much preferred to stay on the same airlines the entire trip. Where are you going in Brazil?

  • Rubens


    I currently live in China, more specifically in Shenzhen, border with Hong Kong. I adopted a cat here, I gave him the rabies vaccine, it is a nice healthy cat. Now it’s time for me to go back to my country, Brazil, and I cannot leave my cat behind. My ticket is bought from Hong Kong to Brazil, on the 14th of July, 2014. Actually my ticket goes from Hong Kong to Doha by Cathaway Pacific, and then from Doha to Brazil by Qatar Airways. I know both these companies accept pets. Can someone help me with the necessary procedure to make this happen? I know Brazil and Hong Kong require the International Health/Veterinarian Certificate to allow the pet to go in, but I have no idea on where to get it, and also what else is required. Please help me and Xiao-xiao.

  • Rhea – according to the gov. Website address, pets cannot be exported from French Polynesia. Try contacting their customers department and inquire.

  • Rhea

    I am in French Polynesia. We rescued a puppy whose mother had been hit by a car. The dog was less than a week old. The puppy is doing well.
    With no animal shelters or anyone to care for the dog we have decided we would like to bring her home to join our pack.

    French Polynesia is a rabies free zone. My research on importing a young pet into the US requires a quarantine until a vaccination has been administered which we will absolutely take care of as we do not want to cause harm to our or any other animals.

    We’ve been told by a local vet we may not leave French Polynesia with an animal under three months. If we leave the animal it is sure to die. Any information you can provide are appreciated. We leave on Wednesday, July 2.

  • Soyun – you should get the CFIA endorsement for South Korea. You can find requirements for taking a pet there here if you need them:

    Sri Lanka requires a ticks and tapeworm treatment 24 to 48 hours prior to entering, so you should visit a vet in South Korea to get the forms for Sri Lanka completed.

  • Soyun

    Hi. I live in Canada and plan to travel with my dog. I will visit South Korea, stay there a couple of weeks and fly to Sri Lanka. Do I have to prepare all the documents (health certificate, CFIA endorsement …) for both countries in Canada? Or I do for South Korea in Canada and make other documents with a Korean vet and get their government endorsement for Sri Lanka in South Korea? Please give me some advice. Thanks

  • Caroline – regretfully, according to India’s rules governing import of animals, rabbits are not permitted for import to India.

  • Alyssa – what city are you departing from and going to?

  • Alyssa Enns

    Wondering which airlines will allow rabbits from Australia to Canada?

  • Caroline

    Hello. Can you please advise whether I can import our desexed pet rabbit from Australia to India and where I obtain the relevant information?
    Thank you

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