International Pet Travel
Will my pet be quarantined?The countries of the world have been divided into three classifications that relate to pets: rabies free countries, third countries (low incidence of rabies) and countries with high incidence of rabies. Third Countries include all the countries of the European Union (EU) except the United Kingdom which is rabies free. The United States, Canada, Mexico are also considered third countries.
Before your travel, it is important that you are aware of the classification of your country of origin (where you begin your travels) and the rabies classification of the destination country (where you end your trip). If you have layovers on your trip, you need to be aware of quarantine requirements of countries in which you clear customs. The intelligent traveler will be able to avoid quarantine requirements of rabies free countries by planning in advance.
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International Pet Travel - Travel to and from Countries with Same and Different Classifications:
From a RABIES FREE COUNTRY to a ANY OTHER COUNTRY (except
certain other RABIES FREE COUNTRIES):
You will be able to enter with minimal paperwork and without quarantine or a blood titre test although some countries will require an import permit. There may restrictions and perhaps possible quarantine when returning.
From one THIRD COUNTRY to another THIRD COUNTRY:
Your pet must have resided in a THIRD COUNTRY for a minimum of six (6) months prior to your travel date. (4 months if the pet was born in the THIRD COUNTRY) Some countries will require a microchip and the proper veterinary certificate for the country that you are entering. Your dog or cat rabies vaccinations must be current. There are a limited number of these THIRD COUNTRIES that also require an import permit for entry. Check our pet passport section for more details. For Veterinary Certificates for almost 200 countries worldwide.
From a THIRD COUNTRY to a EU COUNTRY:
Your pet must have resided in a THIRD COUNTRY for a minimum of six (6) months prior to your travel (4 months if the pet was born in the THIRD COUNTRY). You will need a 15 digit ISO pet microchip for some countries and the EU form 998 Veterinary Certificate for the country that you are entering. Your dog or cat’s rabies vaccinations must be current. There are a limited number of EU Countries that also require a Blood Titer Test. Check our pet passport section for more details. Find individual country veterinary certificates for nearly 200 countries worldwide, visit the Pet Travel Store.
From a THIRD COUNTRY to a RABIES FREE COUNTRY:
If you are traveling from a THIRD COUNTRY to a RABIES FREE country, a blood titre test, microchip as well as the proper pet passport for the destination country is required. There is always a waiting period from the time you have the blood titre test until the time you enter the RABIES FREE country of between 120 days and 180 days. If your schedule does not allow for a waiting period, quarantine will be imposed at the destination country.
From a THIRD COUNTRY to a COUNTRY WITH A HIGH
INCIDENCE OF RABIES:
You can also travel to a COUNTRY WITH A HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES from a THIRD COUNTRY with only the proper pet passport and sometimes an import permit. These countries do not require a blood titre test and most do not require a microchip. You may have a problem returning to a THIRD COUNTRY or a RABIES FREE COUNTRY. SEE NEXT PARAGRAPH
From a COUNTRY WITH A HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES to a
With the exception of the United States and Canada and a handful of other countries, anytime you travel from a country with a HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES to a THIRD COUNTRY, a blood titre test will be required, your pet must be micro chipped and you will need the proper pet passport forms for that country. For individual country veterinary certificates for over 190 countries, visit the Pet Travel Store.
From a COUNTRY WITH HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES to
another COUNTRY WITH A HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES:
In most cases you will need only the proper pet passport forms and sometimes an import permit.
Travel from a COUNTRY WITH A HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES to
certain RABIES FREE COUNTRIES:
If you attempt to enter the UNITED KINGDOM with your pet from a country with a HIGH INCIDENCE of rabies, then you will either be refused entry, or your pet will be placed in quarantine for a period of six months. As COUNTRIES WITH HIGH INCIDENCE OF RABIES are not included in the UK Pet Scheme, quarantine is unavoidable.
There are several countries where quarantine is unavoidable unless you are entering from a RABIES FREE COUNTRY.
NOTE: the above rules apply to 95% of travel between countries with a pet. Be sure to check the pet immigration information section of PetTravel.com before travel. If you have questions please post to our blog. We respond within 24 hours. The rules only apply to dogs, cats, and ferrets who are accompanied by their owners. Different rules apply for unaccompanied pets.