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?

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International Pet Travel Country Questions — 530 Comments

  1. Silke – you can take one pet in the cabin with you. After that, you need to find an airline that will allow you to fly with 3 pets as checked baggage. If you cannot find one, then you may have to fly one of them as air cargo, but this will not be as convenient for you and will also be more expensive.

  2. Hello,i am relocating from Germany into the United States of America and am planning on leaving around the 17th of April 2016.I got 3 cats and one dog(Yorkshire Terrier) which are coming with me.I am traveling by myself and read that i am only allowed to take two of my pets.Isn’t there another ability,and if what would it be?

  3. Vaishali – it is complicated to import birds to India and there will be pre-travel requirements in Dubai. We are not experienced in importing birds into India and would suggest the services of an agent to assist you with customs clearance. Try Rishya at

  4. Hi,I am in Dubai, and I have cockatiel birds. Can I take them to India. What is the procedure. And which flight permits pet travelling from Dubai to India. Can I carry them in cabin? And How many birds I can carry? Please help me.

  5. Shea – you can find the requirements to import your Jack to China here: By flying into Beijing, you will need to clear customs to take a domestic flight to Guangzhou and so your Jack would be subject to quarantine. There are direct flights into Guangzhou, but they are nearing completion of quarantine facilities there and by June, they will likely be imposing quarantine there as well. (we have not been able to find out a confirmed completion date.) We are not versed on requirements for humans to enter China, but think that a tourist visa would be necessary. Contact your embassy for that information.

  6. Hello
    I have a 10 year old jack russel terrier. I am going to move to Guangzhou China in June and I believe my flight path would be from Spokane to Seattle Washington then to Beijing then to Guangzhou. Would I be able to avoid quarantine by going from Beijing to Guangzhou? Also does China recognize emotional support dogs? I’m also wondering what the requirements are for me to bring her with me. Does she need to be microchipped? Do I need a specific type of visa?

  7. Jennifer – are you flying in and out of Brussels on the same airline? (i.e. transiting Brussels?) If so, then the titer test is not required as you will not enter the country. If not, then the titer test needs to be done 3 months in advance of travel. Cannot tell from your post whether you are going FROM Uganda TO the US or visa versa. Neither the US or Uganda require the test, but Belgium does when entering from Uganda, not when entering from the US.

  8. Can someone tell me what will be needed if we are flying our dog from uganda To the united states with a layover in brussles. Do you know of any vets in uganda in kampala that can do the paper work? As far as the titer rabies that needs to be done..we are leaving Monday from the u.s. to go to uganda for one year. Can we have the titer done right away? How long is it good for? How far in advance can you have the titer done? Thanks

  9. Hello – if the temperature on the route exceeds 85 degrees anywhere, the airlines will not transport your pet in the cargo hold. This is for the safety of your pet. The only way to avoid this is to fly at night or very early in the morning when temperatures are cooler and try to avoid summer travel.

  10. Andrea – the US requires that 30 days must pass after the rabies shot before pets can enter the country. Your pet will also need an international health certificate issued in English within 10 days of transport. Details and links to instructions and forms if you need them here: As for re-entering Korea, the regulations are here: To enter from the US, your pup needs a titer test no sooner than 30 days after vaccination and more than 30 days before entering Korea otherwise it will be subject to 21 days of quarantine.

  11. I am wondering about the heat restrictions on pet travel. We will be repatriating from Doha, Qatar to Canada in July, 2016 with our two cats. We will be travelling to Halifax, NS. Will this be possible? Or will it be considered too hot in Doha for our cats to travel? If so what options do we have? Thanks!

  12. Hello, I’m currently in South Korea wanting to go to the states for 14 days my dog is almost a year in February (human years) today we just got his shots and leave next week. Will we be able to some how get approved even if when we leave it will be 10 days having his rabis shot? And what will be necessary to get him back into Korea with us?

  13. Martin – you have done a great job of fulfilling all of the requirements to bring your kitties back to Canada. The only little issue may be your transit in Paris. Air France has a habit of collecting pet fees on each leg of the itinerary. You need to call them and ask whether you need to pass through customs to recheck your pets as this will add time to your layover. We have heard from other pet travelers that they did not have problems with the transit in Paris, but it is definitely worth a check.
    Safe travels!

  14. Hi, I am buying two kittens from Czech Republic and I am flying over there with Air France to pick them up and bring them back with me in Canada in cabin. My husband and I are traveling together and we are gonna take one each in a pet carrier in cabin.
    They already have their microchip and they are already vaccinated against rabies. They have a EU pet passport. I will return to Montreal in Canada from Prague (Czech Republic)with Air France with a layover in Charles de Gaulles (Paris) of 2h45. Do I need any other documentation in order to avoid any bad surprise?

  15. Thank you so much for your quick response regarding microchips for my 2 cats headed to the Netherlands from Hong Kong. I see you offer a few different microchip scanners. Which do you recommend? One of my cats has an FDX-A 10-digit microchip, the other has a 9-digit AVID microchip. Thank you again!!

  16. Deb – the regulations for importing pets to the EU got a lot stronger at the end of 2014, holding the countries more accountable for enforcing EU regulations. Enforcement is a tough thing to predict and, according to regulations, pets with microchips that are not ISO compliant need to provide their own scanners. You can re-chip them and re-vaccinate them at least 21 days prior to travel or get a scanner and carry it with you. We have them in our store: and we do ship to HK. You should decide which option is best, but we would not recommend that you assume there will be a scanner at customs that can read your cats’ chips.

  17. Hello – I plan to bring my 2 cats from Hong Kong to Netherlands in about 1 month. I have secured a relocation company to help on the HK end. However, I am concerned, as I have now read that NL accepts only an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted, but I read conflicting information on another site. My cats have 9 and 10 digit microchips that are older. Is the requirement for a 15-digit, non-encrypted microchip still valid? Or are they also accepting 9 and 10-digit microchips that are older?

    If the 15-digit requirement holds, any idea where I can buy a microchip scanner? Or do I need to get them re-microchipped and re-vaccinated?

    Thank you!

  18. Hi Liz and Rob – you will need the APHIS form for Mexico and can use this to enter other countries, however, these health certificates have expirations, so you will likely need to visit a vet or two along the way. Others require import permits and application for home quarantine. You may want to check out the import requirements of all the countries you plan to visit here:

  19. Natilia – have your pet microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies even if it is not due. If you can prove that his prior vaccination was current at the time of re-vaccination, you will not need to wait the 21 days.

  20. We are traveling to Mexico, Central and South America by RV. We are bringing our cat. She has her appointment tomorrow for her health screening, then we will take the form to the USDA Aphis office. Will we need to bring more than one country form?

  21. We are traveling from Los Angeles to Nice, France on Tuesday (in 3 days). Originally we were going to leave our two dogs with a dog sitter but one of my dogs passed away this week. We now want to take our other dog with us since he has been very sad and we don’t want him to be without us (or us without him) during this time.
    I understand that pets have to be microchipped (and vaccinated for rabies again after the microchip) 21 days prior to travel. Since our trip is within 21 days does anyone know the flexibility on this? He is 9 years old and has always been up-to-date with all of his vaccines.

  22. hi John – you can find regulations for taking your pet to Thailand here: Because the EU considers Thailand to be a high-rabies country, you need to do the following process while you are in the UK to avoid quarantine when you return: 1. microchip your pet 2. vaccinate for rabies 3. wait for 30 days 4. have your vet do a blood titer test. The titer test must be done 90 days before you leave the UK unless your pet has an EU pet passport and its vaccination and blood test were done in the EU and recorded in the pet passport. You should start this process now.

  23. Hi I’m taking my Yorkie to Thailand in Jan 2016 and returning to England in March 2016. What am I going to need? I’m arranging a EU Pet Passport and I am applying for e

  24. hi, i have a question i origanaly bought by dog as a 6 week old puppy in mexico last year in december and brought her over to the usa with her puppy shots and booklet now i want to go back to vacations to mexico and want to take my dog she is now 1yr old and was wondering what all i need to take her down there with me on a car if you could please e-mail me back

  25. Shirley – forgot to mention that you may need to think about requirements that the country you are visiting Georgia from will have to return. Georgia is considered a high-rabies country and it may require some steps taken ahead of time to return to some countries.

  26. Hi Bert -as long as you are not staying in Italy more than 30 days, you can use the Annex IV form to re-enter the US. No additional forms are necessary unless your airline requires them.

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