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 — 664 Comments

  1. Gautam – you can find requirements to import your Labrador from India to Australia here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/australia.cfm. We must note that it will not be possible to import your Lab directly to Australia from India as India is not an approved country for import. Although the 180 day titer test can be done in India, about 6-8 weeks prior to transport, you will need to move your Lab to an approved country and get more testing and treatments done there. Your pup must also be transported to Australia from the approved country. The process will take a minimum of 6 months to complete.
    Susan

  2. Hello,
    I have moved to Australia from India and now plan to bring my lab from India to Aus. Reading from different sources I understand the process is complex and time consuming.
    Let me know how you can help me?

  3. Jen – although Germany does not allow “unvaccinated pets” to transit or enter the country, EU requirements are basically the same. Your pet is not considered vaccinated for rabies until it receives its first one AFTER it is microchipped. That rule goes the same for both countries. When entering from the US, your pet must first be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies, then wait for 21 days before entering either Germany or Italy. As you will be transiting Germany, you should have the non-commercial EU health certificate for Italy. Regs are here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Italy.cfm.
    Susan

  4. My family is traveling to Florence, Italy for one year. We fly from the US to Munich, then on to Florence, all on Lufthansa. It seems the German requirements are more strict than the Italian ones regarding rabies. My cat has had the 3 year rabies shot, which I’ve read Germany doesn’t accept. We would need to microchip him before we go and would not be able to get him another rabies shot after the chip. If we are just passing through Germany on the way to Italy, do we need to go by German standards, or by Italian ones?

  5. Gillian – your cat must enter the UK as air cargo according to airline regulations. If you are thinking about flying to Germany with the cat in the cabin, then transferring to cargo, then know that you will need to carry a cargo crate with you as checked baggage. You will also need to check your cat into Lufthansa’s cargo facility which is not the same place that you check your baggage in the terminal.

    If you change airline companies, then you will need to claim your cat and clear customs in Germany and enter the country. The requirements for the UK are the same for Germany so it is a matter of allotting the time to do this.
    Susan

  6. Hello, I will be traveling with my cat from Croatia to the UK In November. He has all of the requirements to enter the UK (microchip, passport, current vaccinations). I have two questions,
    1. Can my cat be transported from Croatia to Germany via Croatia Airlines and then Germany to the UK via Lufthansa?
    2. If so, can my cat travel in the Cabin with me if he is being relocated to the UK? Or does he have to go as cargo?

  7. I have a 3 months puppy with me in Egypt…can I import him to Dubai if I give him the rabies vacination?

  8. John – you can find requirements to import your Shih Tzu to the U.K. here with links to further instructions and forms if you need them: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/UnitedKingdom.cfm. We would note that, because Brazil is considered a high-rabies country by the EU, the titer test in step #3 will be required. If there is not time for the 90 days to elapse, your Shih Tzu will be quarantined for the balance of that period.

  9. Hi, I am a uk expat returning to the uk from Brazil. While here I purchased a shih tzu who is now 2 years old, fully vaccinated up to date. I am returning full time to the uk at the end of July. I want to bring her back permanently and need to know what the entry requirements are and if she will face quarantine, please advise….

  10. Hi Shannon – ADA laws are US laws and do not apply in other countries unless they pass their own laws conforming to those of the US. It appears that you will need to register your dog as a resident animal on Anguilla before the 30 days expires. We were not aware of that regulation.
    Susan

  11. I am relocating to Anguilla for Medical School for 20 months. I have a service dog I need to bring with me; however, I was told she could only have a 30 day passport. Does the ADA laws pertain to American citizens while living on the island for that long?? I would appreciate any advice possible to help me take my dog with me. She is very necessary for me to have. Thank You!!

  12. Brandon – sounds like you got requirements covered. microchip, current rabies vaccination and EU Pet Passport. If your dog and cats are not currently vaccinated, wait 21 days before travel. You will likely need to sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport at Border Inspection attesting that you are not moving your pets to sell or changing ownership. (which you are not.) Have a safe trip.
    Susan

  13. Hello!

    We successfully brought our dog and 2 cats from the USA to the UK in 2015 for a 2 year assignment. We are now accepting a 2 year assignment in Germany. From what I can tell, moving pets between 2 EU countries is somewhat easier (microchip and pet passport showing current rabies). I’m looking for some help confirming that this is indeed all that is required. We are considering flying from the UK to Amsterdam with the pets (short 45 min flight) and then driving from Amsterdam to our location in Germany. I just need some help confirming what is required for this type of journey. Thank you so much!

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