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 — 608 Comments

  1. Valerie – under normal circumstances, pets that change airlines in an airport must clear customs to access the check-in counter of the new airline and this will cause your pet to clear customs and enter the country. We are not aware of any arrangement that Lufthansa has with United that would allow the transit of your dog. You may want to direct your inquiry to an agent that serves the Munich Airport. Try and search for an agent that serves that airport. They may be able to assist.

  2. Hello! I am traveling to the US from Turkey with a layover in Germany. My trip is unexpected and due to an emergency so I could not plan this out further in advance. Due to airline regulations, I will HAVE to switch my dog in Munich from Lufthansa to United. I have read and re-read about importing pets to the EU from a high rabies country like Turkey. If my dog is transiting Germany for 4 hours and although I will have to collect her from Lufthansa and take her to the United Check-in area, does she need to be fully EU compliant since she is “technically” entering Germany but for less than 4 hours??

  3. Sarit – we are not aware of any additional testing or paperwork that can be done to avoid quarantine. The question would be whether Bulgaria has quarantine facilities that could accommodate your pet for the balance of time it would need to comply with EU regulations. You may want to contact veterinary officials at Sophia and inquire. phone/fax 00 359 2 945 92 78 e-mails:;

  4. I had the rabies titer test done as part of the preparation for traveling to Bulgaria. But I was unaware of the 3 month waiting period.
    Is there something I could do? I need to travel a month and a half after the test is done.
    Are there additional tests or paperwork I could do in order to avoid the waiting period?
    Thank you

  5. Hi Donna- according to EU regulations, the number of pets that can travel with their owner at one time is 5. The alternative is that they travel commercially under different and more stringent regulations. EU legislation applies to all EU countries, so the rules are pretty much the same with the exception of the UK, Norway and Finland which will require a tapeworm treatment for your dogs. Your parrots will require quarantine as well. You can find regulations for every EU country here:

  6. I have quite a few pets & I only see information pertaining to 2 or maybe 4. How would I go about moving dogs, cats, & parrots? Would this be a commercial movement even though they are all pets & are already spayed or neutered? Which EU countries would it be easiest to move to from the U.S.? I could charter a plane in order to move them togeather. Would they have to be quarantined & if so could I visit them daily?

  7. Thank you very much for the information Susan. I didn’t know the EU did not consider TCI to be rabies-constrolled conuntry. I will do the rabies titer test.

  8. Genevieve – as part of your preparation to import your cat to Spain, it will need an Annex IV form completed by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. As long as this certificate has not expired, and, as the EU considers Canada to be a rabies-controlled country, a statement should not be required. However, you did not mention a rabies titer test which will be required as the EU does not consider the Turks and Caicos islands to be a rabies-controlled country. Details here:

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