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Many countries, including those of the European Union, have a health certificate that is specific to their country. However, there are countries that do not have an approved health certificate.

If there is not a health certificate for the country you are visiting, then you should use the International Health Certificate USDA-APHIS 7001 form if you are traveling from the United States. It is officially known as United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals. This form is available with all of our pet passports. Some countries require that these health certificates be certified by the USDA - see USDA certification.

If your destination country does not have a health certificate and you are traveling from a country other than the United States or Canada, you can use our veterinary health certificate or inquire to your vet if they have one. 

The International Health Certificate should be issued by your veterinarian as near to the date of travel as possible but not more than 21 days before travel.

The certificate should indicate the following:

The certificate should state that the pet is healthy and free of parasites.

The certificate should show the vaccinations that the pet has been given including the type, the manufacturer, and the batch number if possible.

Generally, the rabies shot must be given at least 30 days before travel but not more than 12 months before travel, although some countries are different. No matter what country your pet is traveling to, you must enter that country before your pet's most recent rabies vaccination has expired.


There are two rabies vaccines being administered to pets, a one year vaccine and a three year vaccine. Be sure to check the rules for the country you are traveling to as not all countries recognize the three year vaccine. If you are traveling to a country that does not recognize the three year vaccine, your pet may need to have a booster shot even though the three year vaccination has not expired. When in doubt, err on the side of caution and have your pet vaccinated.

Many countries such as South Africa also require other vaccinations. You need to consider the specific regulations for the country your pet is entering.

Some countries also require that the certificate should be translated into the language of that country. Many South and Central American countries are examples of this.

We encourage you to view the individual country pet import rules.

You must use the new EU form Annex II when traveling with your pet to any of the countries of the European Union. Each country has a specific Annex II form.

Pet Health Certificate