COUNTRY POLICIES

Each country has a different policy when it comes to dogs entering. They range from being fairly simple, to pretty complicated. Planning a trip? See what requirements your destination country has for visiting with your pup.
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Albania

For movement between EU countries or from non-EU countries vaccination against rabies documented in the pet passport or the animal health certificate is the sole requirement for dogs, cats and ferrets to travel across EU borders, with certain exceptions.

Your animal will require an electronic microchip or a readable tattoo that has been applied before 3 July 2011 with the same code as the one documented in the passport.

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Angola

Dogs and cats must be accompanied by a valid health certificate. A rabies inoculation certificate must be issued within four months preceding arrival.
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Anguilla

  • Name of person(s) traveling with pet.
  • Country of origin.
  • Breed of dog (eg Rottweiler)
  • An original Health Certificate issued by a vet in country of origin stating that animal should be free of any infectious or contagious diseases and should not be in contact with any animal suffering from the same for the past sixty (60) days.
  • Animal must be vaccinated against rabies more than one(1) month but less than one (1) year before the date of importation.
  • Permit is only valid for one (1) month.
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Antigua & Barbuda

An import permit must be obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer before the information of all animals. In order to obtain this permit, the intended animal must first be micro-chipped and its blood tested for Rabies Titer at an approved laboratory. The result of such tests must then be forwarded to:

 Chief Veterinary Officer
P.O. Box 1282
St.John’s Antigua
Tel/Fax: (268)460-1759

The Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory is an approved Lab that uses the Fluorescent Antibody Virus Neutralization Test (FAVN). The FAVN consists of a of a three-fold serum dilution series and is used to detect rabies virus neutralizing antibody after vaccination and is required by many rabies free countries in order for dogs and cats to qualify for a reduced QUARANTINE PERIOD.

Specimen Requirement: 1 ml serum without preservatives; spun and separated from the clot.
Microchip identification must be implanted prior to sample draw. 
NOTE: A waiting period of at least 14-21 days between rabies vaccination and sample draw is advised.

Processing Time: The test is initiated each week on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Results can be expected in the mail 10 – 14 days after the set-up date. Fax and/or phone results will only be granted upon request. KSU receives packages 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. However, the lab is only open Monday through Friday and samples will not be dated until they reach our lab.

Shipping Information: Serum should be packed in a leak-proof container with absorbent material. This should then be placed inside a container with dry ice or ice packs. An overnight or next day carrier is recommended since regular mail can take up to two weeks.

Cost: $35.00 by check, money order or credit card made payable to FAVN. Payment must be included at time of submission. A delay in testing may occur if payment is not included. For credit card payment, please contact the lab.

Send Samples to:

Attn: Dr. Deborah J. Briggs, FAVN
Kansas State University Rabies Laboratory
1800 Denison Ave. Mosier Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506-5606
Tel: (785) 532-4483 Fax: 785) 532-4474 Email: rabies@vet.ksu.edu

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Argentina

In order to avoid quarantine on arrival, an animal health certificate and a rabies vaccine record are required. Both certificates must be provided by a veterinarian registered and certified by the US Department of Agriculture, Animal, and Plant Health Inspection Division, Veterinary Services (VS).

The animal health certificate should be in or translated to Spanish, have applied the Apostille of The Hague, and it must include:

  1. Information about the owner: name, address
  2. Information about the animal: breed, sex, date of birth, coat, size, and particular marks
  3. Country of origin, destination, and transit (if applicable)
  4. The certificate must guarantee that the animal has been examined within the 10 days prior to departure, and that it does not show signs of any disease.

The rabies vaccine certificate is required for cats and dogs older than 3 months. In animals being vaccinated for the first time, the vaccine should be applied at least 30 days prior to arrival date. The certificate must have been issued less than one year prior to the arrival date.

The Consulate DOES NOT legalize these documents. They must be presented to the airline.

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Aruba

Microchip: AVID brand or ISO compatible microchips are required  
- If your pet has a microchip type other than an AVID or ISO compatible chip, your pet must travel with a microchip scanner capable of reading your pet’s microchip.

Rabies Vaccination: 

  • Pets that will be under 3 months of age at the time they travel to Aruba do not need to be vaccinated for rabies.
    • A statement reading, “too young for rabies vaccination” should be included on the health certificate.
  • Pets over 3 month of age must be vaccinated against rabies and travel with a rabies vaccination certificate that contains the following information:
    • Name, lot number, and expiration date of the vaccine
    • Date of current vaccination (must be given at least 1 month prior to traveling to Aruba)
    • Name, address, phone number and signature of the veterinarian that gave the rabies vaccination 

Residency Requirements: 

  • The dog/cat must have been in the United States continuously for the 6 months preceding the date of export OR
  • If the dog/cat is younger than 6 months, it must have been born and lived continuously in the United States at the date of export OR
  • Written exemption from the above by the Head of the Veterinary Service of Aruba
    • The Veterinary Service of Aruba may be reached by telephone at: +297 5850400; by FAX at: +297 5851828 or email vetservice@aruba.gov.aw.

International Health Certificate: 

  • Must be issued within 2 weeks (14 days) of arrival into Aruba by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian
  • After issuance, the Health certificate will need to be endorsed (counter-signed) by an APHIS VS Service Center

Important Notes: The health certificate and related documentation must be approved by the Director of the Veterinary Service of Arubabefore the animals are shipped to Aruba.

  • The Veterinary Service of Aruba may be reached by telephone at: +297 5850400; by FAX at: +297 5851828 or email vetservice@aruba.gov.aw.
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Australia

Australia provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to bring your pet into the country. It is a long process, so the sooner you begin to prepare, the better. They start by separating origin countries into groups, and from there list requirements and time frames. Check out their pre export treatment date calculator to help determine your eligibility and to create a timeline of when to complete each step by. 

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Austria

  • Each animal has to be identified with either a microchip or a readable tattoo (if it was applied before July 3, 2011).
  • Each animal has to be vaccinated against rabies and the vaccination must be valid.
  • Each animal needs a health certificate (link below) that cannot be older than ten days at entry. 
  • You must fill out an owner declaration (link below). This declaration has to be issued in German and English and filled in in BLOCK LETTERS.
  • The animal health certificate has to be stamped and signed by an officer at one of the following locations: the airports of Vienna-Schwechat, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz-Thalerhof and Klagenfurt or the customs offices vis-á-vis Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
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Bahamas

A valid import permit ($10) is required to import any animal into The Bahamas. Unless otherwise indicated, a permit can only be used once and only during the period specified on the permit. Dogs and cats imported from countries with rabies must be six months and older. 

To apply for an import permit, fill out the form (linked below) or telephone 1-242-325-7502. Please apply a minimum of 4 weeks in advance. 

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Barbados

  • Countries have been divided into two (2) categories: Category 1 countries and territories (including the USA) are those that are rabies free or present a low risk with respect to rabies; Category 2 countries are all other countries and territories. Animals travelling by sea (e.g. on yachts, cruise ships and cargo vessels) or that have lived in a Category 1 country for less than 3 months also fall into this group.
  • All dogs and cats entering Barbados must be permanently identified with a microchip (the specific type is given in the new conditions) and must be vaccinated against rabies after the microchip has been implanted.
  • Import Permit: 

    You will need official permission to bring your pet to Barbados so the first thing you need to do is apply for an import permit (link below). Permits are valid for six (6) months from the date of issue.

    A permit fee of BDS $25.00 is payable to the Veterinary Services Department at the offices in The Pine, St. Michael, Barbados. Payment may be made in cash or by one of the following monetary instruments made payable to The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture:

    If the money order is coming from a country other than Barbados, it must be in United States currency for US $15.00.

    Once the application has been approved, you will be issued the import permit, as well as the conditions your pet has to meet to qualify for entry into Barbados. An Official Export Health Certificate (see conditions) has to be completed. You will need your veterinarian to assist you.

  • Travelling to and Arrival in Barbados: Regardless of country of origin, if your pet is travelling by a commercial airline, it must arrive in Barbados as manifested cargo.

  • Contact Veterinary Services to give at least 3 working days’ notice of the expected date and time of arrival of your pet. The department may be reached by

Please provide the following information:

    • Name, address (in Barbados) and contact information of the owner/agent;
    • Name and contact information of the Customs broker;
    • Date and time of arrival;
    • Airline and Flight number or vessel name.

  • Customs duties are levied on all animals imported into Barbados. In order to facilitate the process, you will need to employ the services of a customs broker. (If your pet is only visiting and will be returning to its country of origin, customs duties may be refundable at the time of departure. Contact your customs broker for further information.)

  • Upon arrival, your pet will be taken by the aircraft handlers directly to the pdfAnimal Reception Centrewhere it will be examined by a Government Veterinary Officer.

  • Once approval has been given for the pet to enter the country, a Customs Officer will apply the relevant duties.

  • In addition to Custom duties, there are veterinary fees applicable on the importation of dogs and cats:
    • Landing certificate fee (per animal) - $60.00
    • Overtime fees payable to the inspector - $150.00 – $300.00 - depending on the day and time of arrival/inspection (i.e. if your pet landed in Barbados outside of standard Government working hours, on a weekend or Bank Holiday).

  • When all documents have been examined and approved and all the necessary fees have been paid, you may take your pet home. Welcome to Barbados!
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Belgium

  • Microchip + rabies shots:

    The microchip (15 digits).

    If you are traveling to a EU country and your pet has the 9 digit microchip, your pet will either need another 15 digit microchip OR you will need to bring your own scanner. (the 15 digit ISO microchip is fast becoming the world standard).In Europe, the standard pet microchip meets ISO standard 11784/17785 and is a 15 digit microchip operating at 134.2 kHz )

  • The rabies vaccinations:

    After the implant of the microchip and at least 21 days before traveling. (So at least 21 days - but  the “maximum” vaccination of a pet cannot exceed 3 years - otherwise the pet will need to get vaccinated again.) Also, if the shots were given before the implantation of the new microchip, your pet will need a rabies booster shot and again has to wait at least 21 days before traveling.

    (A puppy has to be at least 3 months old before getting the vaccination and afterwards wait at least 21 days before travel) 

  • Veterinary certificate (within 10 days of travel):

    If the veterinary is USDA accredited, his signature will suffice.

  • NOTE: post-rabies/titillation test:

    This is only needed if your pet is coming from a third world country… not if your pet is leaving from the US. (For example: If you came back from Africa… your pet would need it)

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Belize

1. You must obtain a valid import permit from BAHA.

Applications can be submitted to any BAHA office. Where the import permit and conditions of importation are faxed to the port of entry, on behalf of the applicant, the document shall be stamped “pay upon entry”.

2. You must have:

(A) a recent international veterinary certificate (14 days)

(B) a valid rabies certificate: not less than one month or more than one year prior to the date of importation.

3. Dogs and cats less than three months of age are to be confined at home until three months of age, at which time the animal must be vaccinated against rabies and confined for an additional thirty (30) days.

4. A BAHA veterinary officer or designated officer may inspect animals placed in confinement. This cost is to be paid by the importer.

5. Quarantine inspection at the port of entry is required for all dogs and cats. Dogs and cats coming from countries considered of risk (for example, there is the risk of screwworm in dogs and cats coming from South America) will need to undergo veterinary inspection at the port of entry. There is an additional fee for veterinary inspection.

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Bermuda

All animals arriving in Bermuda must be accompanied by the following:

  • a copy of their import permit;
  • a health certificate (issued within the 10 days prior to animal's arrival) which includes the name, date of birth, breed, description and microchip identification of pet, contact information, and signature of the issuing veterinarian; stating that the animal is not infected with any communicable disease and is free of external parasites.
  • A valid microchip. 
  • A veterinary statement giving the name of the flea and tick repellent applied during the examination.
  • A veterinary statement that, as best as can be ascertained by your knowledge and through questioning, the animal has not been exposed to rabies nor been present in an officially quarantined rabies area within the last 6 months.
  • This requirement is not applicable to dogs or cats arriving directly from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Jamaica: Rabies vaccination history, showing at least two rabies vaccinations, and that all rabies vaccinations have been given by a licensed veterinarian, and are in accord with all of these requirements. The animal:
    • Upon attaining / after the age of three months, has received a rabies vaccination; and
    • Received a second rabies vaccine 6-12 months following the first rabies vaccination; and
    • There have been no significant lapses in vaccinations; and
    • The most recent vaccination was given at least 30 days, and not more than 12 months prior to arrival
  • Dogs and cats under age 10 months, and dogs and cats of any age that have received only a single rabies vaccination, do not qualify for entry into Bermuda.
  • Veterinarians may only attest to vaccinations given by him/herself, given under his/her direct supervision, and prior vaccinations that are accompanied with original vaccination certificates. Veterinarians cannot attest to vaccines given by non-veterinarians, including owners or breeders.
  • This requirement is not applicable to dogs or cats arriving directly from the Continental USA or Canada: The animal has not been kept within 30 miles of Foot and Mouth disease during the last 30 days.
  • Resident dogs must be licensed at the main office of the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, (Botanical Gardens, Paget) immediately after arrival. Fees apply. 
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Bolivia

1. The animals must be accompanied by a health certificate (link below) issued by an accredited veterinarian. Health certificates must be issued within 3 months prior to arrival.

2. The certificate must include the complete identification of the animal, including breed, sex and age, owner's name and address, address at destination, date of rabies vaccination and product used, and any other vaccines that were given.

3. The certificate does need to be endorsed by Veterinary Services and must be legalized at a Bolivian Consulate for a fee of $50.00

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Brazil

  • You must obtain an International Health Certificate for animals issued by a licensed Veterinarian, stating that the animal is in good health and that no contagious disease was verified in the area of origin. 
  • The international health certificate must be issued 10 days before departure. 
  • A rabies vaccination certificate must also be issued. First time rabies vaccination must be done at least 21 days prior to the intended date of arrival of the animal in Brazil.
  • Both certificates may be issued by the veterinarian in one single document, and it must be properly stamped and signed, and bear the veterinarian’s name and his/her license number. 

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Bulgaria

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip. ISO compliant microchips are 15 digits long.
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination before a microchip is implanted is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Canada

  • Dogs imported into Canada must have a rabies vaccine. A dog that is less than 3 months of age at the time of import does not require rabies vaccination. However, proof of a dog's age must be provided on request.

  • Domestic (pet) dogs entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.

  • Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for dogs imported as personal pets. However, dogs under 8 months of age imported under the commercial category (dogs for retail sale, breeding purposes, show or exhibition, scientific research, dogs in 'special training status', and dogs destined for adoption and/or animal welfare organization) must be identified by an electronic microchip.

  • Dogs imported into Canada will have a documentary inspection by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to ensure the animal's rabies vaccination is current and the animal description matches. The CBSA will also visually inspect the animal to ensure that there are no visible signs of illness. 

    The current fees for this inspection are:

    • $30.00 + tax for the first animal in the shipment; and
    • $5.00 + tax for each additional animal in the shipment.
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Chile

You must present an original health certificate issued by the official health authority of the country of origin (extended in the language of origin and also in Spanish ) or, alternatively , the European Union animal passport at border control.

If using a Health Certificate:

  • The health certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering Chile.
  • The animal must have a valid rabies vaccines, and must adhere to the following:
    • a vaccination done at least 30 days and a maximum of 12 months, before entering the country, or ,
    • an examination of rabies antibody titers (with a minimum result of 0.5 IU / ml), between 3 and 24 months before travel.
    • ATTENTION!  in the case of puppies of dogs, cats and ferrets less than 60 days old that do not have an anti-rabies vaccination certificate, they  will be able to enter the country only if they have a certificate of valuation of neutralizing antibodies against the rabies virus (minimum of 0.5 IU / ml). 
      This information must be contained and duly accredited in the official health certificate.
  • The animal must have received a deworming treatment, a maximum of 30 days before admission, indicating the date of application and the active ingredient of the products used.

If using an EU Passport:

  • The animal must have a valid rabies vaccines, and must adhere to the following:
    • a vaccination done at  least  30 days and a  maximum of  12 months,  before  entering the country,  or ,
    • an examination of rabies antibody titers (with a minimum result of 0.5 IU / ml), between  3 and 24 months  before travel.
    • ATTENTION!  in the case of  puppies of dogs, cats and ferrets less than 60 days old  that do not have an anti-rabies vaccination certificate, they  will be able to enter the country only  if they have a  certificate of valuation of neutralizing antibodies against the rabies virus  (minimum of 0.5 IU / ml). 
      This information must be contained and  duly accredited  in the passport. 
  • The animal must have received an  external and internal antiparasitic treatment of broad spectrum, at  most  30 days before admission, indicating the date of application and the active principle of the products used.
  • The clinical examination must be issued within 10 days of entering Chile
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China

  • One pet is allowed per traveler.

  • The animal must have a valid quarantine certificate officially issued by the outward country or region and an effective certificate of rabies vaccination.

  • Upon arrival, you will need to head to the inspection and quarantine office for on the spot evaluation, where you will present your documents and the animal will be checked.

  • If all is approved, the animal will be sent to an isolated site designated by the port animal and plant quarantine institution and undergo quarantine for 30 days. Fees apply. 
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Colombia

  • Animal health certificate (original and a copy): issued by a veterinarian within 48 hours of departure, which includes the animal’s name, breed, gender and age; and states that the animal did not show any clinical signs of infectious diseases. 

  • Vaccination certificate (original and a copy): age-appropriate and up to date, for the following diseases: rabies – inactivated virus (when the animal comes from a country where the virus exists), distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus. For countries outside of the Andean Community, the certificate must also include vaccine records for parainfluenza and coronavirus.
Once the documents have been checked and the animal has been inspected, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) will issue a Certificate of Sanitary Inspection (CIS), the price of which is established by the Institute. 
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Costa Rica

  • The dog or cat must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, and endorsed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) veterinarian. That endorsement needs to be done by the APHIS Veterinary Services Area Office in your home state. It should contain the following info:
    • The certificate should state that the dog/cat was examined and found to be healthy and free of any clinical signs of infectious disease.
    • This examination should be conducted within 2 weeks of the departure date.
    • Dogs should be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, Leptospirosis, parvovirus and rabies.
    • Cats should be vaccinated against rabies.
    • Animals over 3 months of age must be vaccinated against rabies.
    • The health certificate should be made out in duplicate.

  • Please note: The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the Costa Rican Consular office.

  • Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an Import Permit.

  • Personal pets (dogs or cats) do NOT need an Import Permit.

  • The official rabies vaccination certificate must accompany the health documents and is valid for the period of the vaccine (1 or 3 years).

  • The dog/cat and supporting documentation will be inspected/reviewed upon arrival to Costa Rica.

There are two (2) ways for personally-owned pets (dogs and cats) to enter Costa Rica:

  1. Pets that enter with the owner either in-cabin or as “baggage” on the same flight and enter on the baggage claim area: these pets require the above documentation. Depending upon the length of stay in Costa Rica, pets entering Costa Rica from the U.S. may or may not need additional documentation in order to leave Costa Rica and return to the U.S.:
    1. If the pet enters Costa Rica and stays longer than the validity of the U.S. Health Certificate (30 days for APHIS Form 7001) or rabies certificate, then that pet will need a valid Costa Rican Health Certificate or rabies certificate in order to leave.
    2. If the pet leaves during the time period of the validity of the U.S. Health Certificate and rabies certificate, then that is all that is required to leave Costa Rica.
  2. Dogs and cats that enter Costa Rica for commercial reasons, or, are shipped as cargo, or the owner has two or more large breed dogs, then in these cases the animals will be directed directly to a Customs “warehouse”, and will need all of the documentation found above as well as requiring an Import Permit (Sanitary Health Permit) from the Animal Quarantine Offices (SENASA-Departamento de Cuarentena Animal) as well as needing to satisfy the required Customs procedures (all this is done using a Customs Broker).
    1. NOTE: The animals are well cared for in the Customs “warehouse”. The Import Permit costs approximately $20. 
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Croatia

  • The animal must have a microchip. If the animal is fitted with a microchip that is not in line with ISO Standard 11784 or 11785, the owner must provide an appropriate microchip scanner.

  • The name and address of the animal’s owner must be determinable at all times.

  • The animal must have a valid and authorized passport or health certificate issued by a veterinary surgeon. It must contain the microchip number.

  • The animal must have a valid rabies vaccine.

  • Animals from EU countries or countries outside the EU that are considered low-risk, are under three months of age and have not been vaccinated, may be imported into the territory of the Republic of Croatia if the owner or accompanier holds a valid passport or certificate and if the animals have lived in the same place since birth and have not come into contact with wild animals which may have been exposed to infections, or are traveling with their mother on whom they are still dependent.

Dogs, cats and members of the marten family from high-risk countries travel with different rules. Please consult the pet policy linked below. 

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Cyprus

Identification:
Every animal must be individually identified with either:

  • A clearly readable tattoo (the tattoo, as a means of identification, is accepted only if it has been applied before 3 July 2011) or

  • an electronic identification system (transponder - microchip).

  • The microchip must be implanted before the pet receives their rabies vaccination or else it is invalid. 

Rabies Vaccine:
Every animal must have a valid rabies vaccine, that complies with the following:

  • In order to be vaccinated, the animal must be at least 12 weeks old. 

  • The use of live modified vaccines against rabies is not allowed. 

  • Animals must wait 21 days after the rabies vaccination is given to travel to Cyprus.  The day of vaccination counts as day 0 not day 1, so if the completion of the vaccination is conducted on the 1st of the month the earliest it can travel is the 22nd.

  • Revaccinations (booster vaccinations) are valid from the date of administration.

Accompanying Documents:

Animals must have a valid health certificate, or EU passport, that show proof of the rabies vaccination.

Part of the health certificate is a written declaration signed by the owner or the authorized person, confirming that the movement of the pet animal into the Union is a non-commercial one.

Age:
Any pet animal entering the territory of the Republic of Cyprus must be at least 105 days old. The entry of pet animals aged less than 105 days old is prohibited regardless of the country of origin.

Maximum number of animals: 
The maximum number of pet animals which may accompany the owner or an authorized person shall not exceed five. 

Conduct of checks:
Upon arrival, every animal and its accompanying documents are inspected either by a Veterinary Officer or by a Customs Officer on duty. 

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Czech Republic

Documents: EU Passport OR a completed Veterinary Certificate signed by a veterinary doctor that must contain the information listed below:

  • Country of Dispatch of the animal
  • Owner/responsible person accompanying the animal
    • Name
    • Address
    • Country
    • Telephone number
  • Description of the animal
    • Species
    • Breed
    • Sex
    • Date of birth
    • Coat (color and type)
  • Identification of the animal
    • Microchip number / tattoo number
    • Location of microchip / tattoo
    • Date of microchipping / tattooing
  • Rabies Vaccination
    • Manufacturer and name of vaccine
    • Batch number
    • Date of the vaccination
    • Expiration date of the vaccine

Once signed by the veterinarian or endorsed by the competent authority, the certificate is valid for four months, or until the expiration date of the vaccination, whichever comes first.

The United States and Canada are both considered low risk regions for rabies. Therefore no rabies serological test is required.

Age: Dogs, cats and ferrets less then 12 weeks old are permitted to travel to the Czech Republic without prior inoculation against rabies. The animal must travel with a statement from a veterinary doctor, which declares that the animal resided at the birthplace until travel date and has not been in contact with any animals possibly infected with rabies. 

Identification - tattoo or microchip: If your pet will be identified through a microchip, please be aware that the microchip must meet the ISO standard ( International Organization for Standardization) If microchip does not meet the ISO standards than you have to keep an applicable microchip reading device at the time of crossing borders to the Czech Republic.

Pets Traveling Alone: Any dog, cat or ferret traveling alone is considered commercial trade, and is subject to an additional requirement:
- commercial animals and pets traveling unaccompanied must have been clinically examined by a USDA certified veterinarian within 24 hours before departure to the Czech Republic and must travel with a Veterinary Certificate which states the date and time of the examination.

If your pet is considered commercial trade, a veterinarian in the Czech Republic will examine it after the arrival.

Pets under 3 months traveling as commercial trade do not need a rabies vaccination but do need a microchip / tattoo and a health certificate issued no more than 24 hours before departure to the Czech Republic.

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Denmark

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Dominican Republic

You will need a valid APHIS pet health certificate signed by an authorized veterinarian.

Once the vet fills and signs a form for each pet, the Consulate will proceed to translate and certify the vet certificates.

We suggest that you complete the steps and send the pet certificate to the closest Consulate as soon as possible.

The cost (translation and certification of the pet certificate) is $135.00. Money order or cashiers check are valid forms of payment.  The consulate suggests that you use the services of an overnight courier (such as FedEx or UPS) and provide them with a pre-addressed, pre-paid way to return the documents once they are completed.

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Ecuador

If traveling from the USA*, you will need the following:

Health Certificate

  • A completed Health Certificate signed by a veterinary doctor that must contain the following information: breed, sex, color, and age. 
  • Health Certificate must be completed within 10 days of departure.
  • Health Certificate must acknowledge that the pet is healthy and free of infectious diseases and parasites. 
  • Health Certificate must be in Spanish.

Vaccines

The dog must have gotten  the following vaccinations at least 21 days prior to departure:

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parvo
  • Rabies
  • Parainfluenza

Parasites

The dog must be treated for external and internal parasites at least 21 days prior to departure.

Notice and Inspection

You must contact the Agencia Ecuatoriana de Aseguramiento de la Calidad de Agro "Agrocalidad", located at your port of entry, of your arrival at least 72 hours in advance. They will inspect the animal upon arrival. A fee of $26.20 USD will be charged. 

*if you are traveling from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, or Australia, see links below. 

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Egypt

A valid health certificate from the country of origin, filled out by a licensed veterinarian, is required. 

An examination by the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture Doctor is required upon arrival.

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El Salvador

Dogs and cats traveling to El Salvador must have an import permit issued by the General Direction of Plant and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador. The import permit can be obtained either prior to travel or at the moment of its arrival at the port of entry.

The health certificate must be issued by a licensed veterinarian. USDA endorsement is NOT required.

  1. The accompanying health certificate should be made out at least in duplicate. 

  2. The rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the health documents. 

  3. Personal pet dogs and cats must obtain a quarantine permit at the port of entry upon arrival in El Salvador. 

    Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit issued by the General Directorate of Plant and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of El Salvador. The import permit can be obtained either prior to travel or at the moment of its arrival at the port of entry. 

  4. The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the El Salvador Consular office. 

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Estonia

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Fiji

Import Permit

To bring a pet to Fiji, you first have to apply for an import permit which will be examined by a Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) Vet for approval or non approval. A BAF Import Permit is required for cats and dogs being imported into Fiji from all countries.

Applications with full detailed information should be sent to the following email address for processing:
importpermit@baf.com.fj

Waiting Time for BAF Import Permit

BAF strives to grant an import permit for each application within 21 business days from the date of receipt. However, in exceptional circumstance it may take longer than 21 business days to assess and grant an import permit. 

If the application is incomplete, BAF will attempt to contact you and the processing of your application will be delayed until BAF receives all required information.

Please note BAF will not accept any liability for delay in processing of applications.

Microchip

Pets must have a valid microchip. 

Fee

The fee for an Import Permit is $302.63. It is valid for 6 months and can cover more than one pet, if they all are brought as one single importation at the same time.

Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) fees are $962.78 per animal per week (7 day). For animals under 30 day quarantine it equates to $4126.20.

All costs involved with the importation process are the responsibility of the importer and must be paid full in advance.

BAF also requires all animals to be transported by air to Nausori Airport. Booking for place in the PEQ should be made 6-8 weeks before the entry so that space allocation could be made.

Quarantine

The length of time in Fiji quarantine can vary depending on the country of export and the pre-entry preparations involved.

For Australia and New Zealand, the quarantine period is 7 days provided the animal is healthy throughout the confinement period.

For other countries a mandatory minimal quarantine period of 30 days is required.

A Rabies Monitoring and Surveillance Policy is in place for countries other than Australia and New Zealand in that after release from quarantine a 10-day monitoring interval will be in place for 5 months, followed by another inspection after 9 months of entry into Fiji, and finally one more 12 months after entry. The animal is free to move around Fiji after its release from quarantine and the monitoring and surveillance for 1 year does not restrict the movement of the animal. After the one year the pet will no longer require monitoring and is then truly free.

Food

All food is provided while the animals are in quarantine. However, the owner is allowed to use their own manufactured diet for their pets or where a special dietary requirement is applicable then BAF will facilitate this.

Home Quarantine

Home quarantine may be considered only after the 30 day mandatory period. Please note the home quarantine is not applicable for cats and dogs from Australia and New Zealand. These animals undergo 7 days mandatory Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ).

Medical Conditions

Dogs and cats with medical conditions can travel to Fiji at the discretion of the exporting country veterinarian. However, you must inform BAF well before of the medical condition and the treatment applied. If your cat or dog has been diagnosed with a medical condition after the import permit has been granted, please notify BAF as soon as possible.

Please note that all cats and dogs entering Fiji must meet the BAF import conditions and be certified as fit to travel and undergo Fiji quarantine before leaving the country of export.

Traveling in Cabin

Travel in the cabin is allowed for special guide dogs, service dogs etc. However, normal dogs and pets are only allowed to travel as manifest cargo. Manifest cargo travels in a special part of the aircraft hold which is climate and pressure controlled to ensure animal welfare requirements are met. It also ensures traceability of your cat or dog.

Boat Travel

Importation of cats and dogs by yachts is not allowed. Pet animals on yacht must be bonded to remain on the vessel during the entire period the yacht is in Fiji waters.

Importing Disability assistance dogs and Service dogs

The main requirements are Medical Certificate that the client requires the Disability assistance dog or the service dog; 
Certificate from the Service Dog Association indentifying the dog as the service dog assigned after training and bonding period of no less than 3-6 weeks with the client.
The Disability Assistance dog or the Service dog may automatically qualify for home quarantine and access to the public places with the owner/client but it needs to leashed and working as Service dogs.

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Finland

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
  • Tapeworm Treatment: Tapeworm treatment is required for dog(s) exported to Finland. The dog(s) must be treated by an Accredited Veterinarian between 24 and 120 hours (1 and 5 days) before entering.
    • The medication used must be labeled as an effective treatment against tapeworms (specifically Echinococcus multilocularis) and must be administered by an Accredited Veterinarian.
    • It is recommended to use a medication that contains praziquantel as the active ingredient.
    • When the tapeworm treatment is documented on the Health Certificate, please include the name of the medication’s active ingredient (not the brand/trade name) in addition to the name of the manufacturer of the medication.
    • The Accredited Veterinarian must document the date and time of the tapeworm treatment on the  Health Certificate at the time the treatment is given.
    • Finland allows the tapeworm treatment to occur after APHIS endorsement of the health certificate.
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France

In order to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets from the United States and Canada into France, travelers must abide by the following conditions:

- The animal must be at least 12 weeks old.

- Every animal must be identified by a microchip or a tattoo. In case of identification with a tattoo, the tattoo must be clearly readable and applied before July 2011.

If the microchip standard is different from standard, you must bring your own scanner in order to read the microchip. 

- Every animal must have a valid rabies vaccination. If it is the first rabies vaccination for the pet, you must wait 21 days between the last shot of the vaccination protocol and departure.

A revaccination (booster) must be considered a primary vaccination if it was not carried out within the period of validity of a previous vaccination.If your dog, cat or ferret has been vaccinated before being fitted with a microchip, the animal will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is inserted. You must wait at least 21 days between the completion of the vaccination protocol (the same as for a primary vaccination) and the departure date, even if the dog had been vaccinated before the micro chipping.

- A blood test is not required for animals coming from Canada and the United States (including Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Gibraltar, Greenland, Northern Mariana Islands). For full list of countries, see pet policy link below. 

- If transiting through a country where the blood test is required, the owner or the authorized person must provide a declaration certifying that, during the transit, the animals have had no contact with any animals of species susceptible to rabies and have remained secured within the means of transportation or within the perimeter of the international airport. 

- In the USA, the official health certificate will be issued by veterinarians and endorsed by the USDA. USDA endorsement is required for all certificates except those issued by military veterinarians for dogs, cats and ferrets. 

- In Canada, the official health certificate will be issued by veterinarians and endorsed by the Canadien Food Inspection Agency CFIA. 

- The official health certificate will be valid for 10 days, from the date of endorsement until the date of arrival at the EU point of entry.

The certificate is also valid for the purpose of further movements within the EU for a total of 4 months from its date of issue or until the date of expiration of the rabies vaccination, whichever date is earlier.

- The owner or authorized person should accompany his animal during a non-commercial movement. Nevertheless, the movement of an animal travelling 5 days before or after the owner or authorized person is accepted with the presentation of a justifying document (boarding pass, plane ticket, ...). The declaration document below should be completed and presented:

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Germany

Number of Pets: The animals must be accompanied by a responsible person in order to be able to enter the country. Each person may travel with no more than five pets (dogs, cats, ferrets). The animals may not change ownership in the country.

The maximum number of five pets may be exceeded if the animals are being brought into the country for the purpose of participating in competitions, exhibitions, or sporting events or to train for such events (no change in ownership). The animals must be at least six months old and the traveler must have written proof that the animals are registered for the cited events.

Microchip: As of July 3, 2011, a microchip is mandatory for animals being identified for the first time. If the animal was tattooed prior to this date, a microchip is not required so long as the tattoo is still legible. The animal must be distinctly identifiable and assignable to the owner. The number of the microchip or the tattoo must be noted in the pet ID or in the veterinary certificate.

Rabies Vaccination: For every animal, proof of a valid rabies vaccination must be entered in the animal ID or in the veterinary certificate. The vaccination’s period of validity will be based on the manufacturer’s information (Consult with your veterinarian for further information). If the animal is being vaccinated for the first time, this initial vaccination must occur at least 21 days before the border crossing. If the animal is being vaccinated again after expiration of the period of validity of the last vaccination, this is treated as a first-time vaccination.

Health Certificate: In addition to information about the animal and its owner, the pet ID or the veterinary certificate must contain veterinary proof that that animal has a valid vaccination against rabies. The accompanying person must submit a written declaration stating that the animal is not being brought into the country to be sold or change owners. The animal may be imported through direct channels only. If non-listed third countries are being transited during the transport, the handler or authorized person must confirm in a personal declaration that the animal was not exposed to any rabies-susceptible animals and did not leave the mode of transport or the airport.

After you have completed the form, please forward it together with the required documents (e.g. vaccination certificate) to the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services Area Office for final endorsement.

Puppies: Puppies may only be brought into or transit Germany with an adequate vaccination against rabies. If the puppies are coming from the U.S., they may be imported into Germany no younger than 15 weeks (rabies vaccination after 12 weeks + 21 days to develop immunity).

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Ghana

Required Tests: All importers of dogs into the country (GHANA) are required to provide test results for the below listed diseases before a permit can be issued for the importation:

  • Brucella canis: Serum Agglutination/Giemsa smear
  • Trypanosoma evansi: Card Agglutination test and/ Giemsa smear
  • Babesia gibsoni: Giemsa smear
  • Dirofilaria immitis: Microfilaria filtration test
  • Leishmania spps.: Indirect fluorescent antibody test or ELISA or Direct Agglutination test

Importers should note that a permit will only be issued if all test results are negative.

Required Vaccines: Evidence that the dog has been vaccinated against the following diseases should also be provided:

  • Canine distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospira canicola and Leptospira  icterohaemorrhagiae
  • Parainfluenza
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Greece

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Grenada

The Importation of dogs and/or cats into Grenada from the United States of America is permitted provided that:

  1. The owner of the dog and/or cat have/has an Import Permit Issued by the Veterinary Officer of the Grenada Ministry of Agriculture. The Permit must be presented at the Port of Entry.
  2. The dog and/or cat have/has been vaccinated against rabies within twelve (12) months prior to arrival.
  3. The dog and/or cat are/is accompanied by a health certificate issued by a Veterinarian within the two (2) weeks prior to arrival.
  4. The Grenada Veterinary Officer is notified of the Port of Entry and the time of arrival.

In applying for the Import Permit, the owner must give the age, sex, colour and breed of his/her dog and/or cat. The applicant must: 

  • Complete the Pet Permit with the Applicant's name and country of residence with pet.

  • Complete the information requested on your pet(s). 

  • Complete the Port or Airport of Landing in GRENADA. 

  • Complete the expected date of arrival in Grenada.

  • You have completed your portion of the permit.

  • Permit should be faxed to the Veterinary Department at (473) 440–4191 along with Health Certificate for approval and signature at least two (2) weeks prior to arrival in Grenada.

  • Please provide a return fax number to the Veterinary Department to have the signed Permit returned to you.

The application should be sent to:

Veterinary Department         
Ministry of Agriculture
Ministerial Complex
Botanical Gardens
Tanteen, St. George's
GRENADA
W. I.

Email – livestock@gov.gd; grenadalivestock@gmail.com
Tel. (473) 440–2708 / 3078 / 3083 / 3386
Fax. (473) 440–4191

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Guatemala

Step 1

You need the veterinarian to give you an International Health Certificate that specifies that the pet has the following vaccines:

Dogs: rabies, distemper, leptospirosis, parvovirus and hepatitis.

Cats: rabies, distemper, FVR (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis), FCV (Feline Calici Virus), FIP (Feline Pneumonilis, Feline Leukemia)

Step 2

The health certificate must be endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture. Certificates can be mailed in for endorsement, or brought in in-person with an appointment. 

Step 3

Once you have the certificate endorsed by the Department of Agriculture, you must present it to the Guatemalan Consulate. For more details, contact your Consulate.

Fee

This procedure has a cost of 10 dollars that must be paid in cash.

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Haiti

Birds, cats and dogs require a veterinary health certificate issued not more than 7 days before arrival. Moreover, dogs aged more than 3 months old require additional rabies vaccination certificate issued not less than 21 days and not more than 11 months before arrival. 

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Honduras

The following documents must be sent to the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) in Honduras prior to your departure:

  • Certificate of the pets last vaccination issued by a veterinarian.
  • A permit from the Secretary of Agriculture of the State where you reside to remove the animal from the USA.
  • Bring the above mentioned documents to a public notary and then obtain the endorsement from the State Department of the State where you reside, so that these documents are valid in Honduras

The person in charge of making the arrangements in Honduras must:

  1. Have a certificate from a veterinarian in Honduras, in which they will be responsible as the pet's doctor.
  2. Submit an application to the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) for the import of the pet, accompanied by the certificate of the veterinarian and the documents obtained in the United States mentioned above.
  3. Cancel the corresponding payment at the SAG window

The procedure generally takes 72 hours. The person in charge of the procedure in Honduras must send the permit by mail to the interested party or wait at the airport with the permit.

In case the tourist traveling with a pet could not process the permit in advance, you must:

  • Upon arrival at the airport, present your pets vaccination documents.
  • Sign a document in which you commit to:
    • Obtain a certificate from a Veterinarian in Honduras, in which they will be responsible as the pet's doctor.
    • Submit an application to the Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG) for the import of the pet.
    • Cancel the corresponding payment at the SAG window.
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Hong Kong

SPECIAL PERMITS

Dogs and cats should not be brought into Hong Kong (either import or transshipment / transit) unless a Special Permit to do so is obtained in advance from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of Hong Kong.

For Importation of Dogs / Cats into Hong Kong:

FIND OUT which country / place group the animal is coming from. There are 3 groups. 

Group I: Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

USA is in Group II

Dogs and cats imported direct from Group I and Group II countries / places are normally exempted from quarantine subject to full compliance with the permit conditions.

Dogs and cats imported from Group III countries / places are subject to a minimum of 4-month quarantine period. For more information on Group III, please see the link below. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

I. SUBMIT the application document:

GROUP I, GROUP II COUNTRIES / PLACES or TRANSSHIPMENT VIA HONG KONG:

  1. Fill in the prescribed form (Form No. AF240 or Form No. AF301 for animals transhipped from the Mainland). Facsimile copies are available from the interactive telephone (852) 2708 8885. The form can also be obtained by dialing (852) 1823.
  2. HKID / Passport (photocopy if submitted by post).
  3. If the animals are imported for trading purposes, Animal Trader License must be obtained in advance. 

II. PAY the Permit Fee

Fee must be paid at the time of the application (unless otherwise stated). The fee for one animal is HK$432 and HK$102 for every additional animal of the same shipment.

In person: Cash or crossed cheque payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" is to be paid at the time when an application is submitted.
By post: Crossed local cheque is acceptable for local application. Cash should not be sent by post.
For overseas application: Payment shall be by bank draft in HONG KONG CURRENCY payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" drawn from a bank in Hong Kong. An overseas applicant may nominate a person or an agent in Hong Kong to apply for permits on his / her behalf.

No permit fee is required for animals imported from the Mainland.

III. WHERE to Apply

Either in person or by post to:

Permit & Certification Section (Counter No. 10), Import & Export Division, 5th Floor, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

IV. Processing TIME

At least 3 working days, subject to provision of all required information (i.e. it takes 5 working days from the date of receipt of application and permit fee to the date of issue).

V. DISPATCH of Permit

By ordinary mail (local) or air mail (overseas) to the address as indicated in the application form. Please enclose a self-addressed envelope together with the application (No stamp is required). To avoid postal delay, the applicant may choose to pick up the permit at the licensing office in person or by an appointed agent. The permit will not be dispatched by fax or email.

VI.  VALIDITY of Permit

Valid for 6 months and for one consignment only. Animals must be imported on or before the expiry date of the permit. If extension is required, application and fee must be submitted before the permit expired. The permit will only be extended for 30 days in every application, and it takes 3 working days for the extension process from the date of receipt of application and fee.

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Hungary

I. NON-COMMERCIAL MOVEMENT

Non-commercial movement means movement of ‘pet animals’ which are accompanying their owners or a natural person responsible for such animals on behalf of the owner during their movement and are not intended to be sold or transferred to another owner. 

1.) Identification

Pets must have: (a) either a clearly readable tattoo; or (b) a microchip. If the microchip is not an ISO compliant microchip (15 digits long), the owner or the natural person responsible for the pet animal on behalf of the owner must provide the means necessary for reading the microchip at the time of any inspection.

2.) Anti-rabies vaccination

Animals shall be accompanied by a veterinary certificate, issued by a veterinarian authorized by the competent authority, certifying valid anti-rabies vaccination, or revaccination if applicable.

3.) Blood test

If the pet animal is coming from, or through a third country, they may require a neutralizing antibody titration at least equal to 0,5 IU/ ml carried out in an approved laboratory, on a sample taken by an authorized veterinarian at least 30 days after vaccination and three months before being moved. This three-month period shall not apply to the re-entry of a pet animal whose passport certifies that the blood test was carried out, with a positive result, before the animal left the territory. In Hungary the neutralizing antibody titration can be carried out at:

Central Veterinary Institute 
Virological Department
Tabornok utca 2. 
HU-1149 Budapest
Tel / Fax: +36 1 460 6329 / +36 1 222 6069
E-mail: palfiv@oai.hu

4.) Passport or certification

Pet animals coming from an EU member state, or coming from a third country (check part B section 2 of Annex II to the REGULATION), must be accompanied by a pet passport, issued by an authorized veterinarian. Pet animals coming from a third country not listed, must be accompanied by a certificate issued by an official veterinarian or, on re-entry, by a passport certifying compliance with the provisions above.

5.) Quarantine

Where checks at the entry point reveal that the animal does not meet the requirements above, the competent authorities shall decide: (a) to return the animal to its country of origin; (b) to isolate the animal under official control (quarantine) for the time necessary for it to meet the health, identification or documentation requirements, at the expense of the owner or the natural person responsible for it; or (c) as a last resort, to put the animal down, without financial compensation, where its return or isolation in quarantine cannot be envisaged.

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Iceland

Import Permit

Importers must apply for an import permit to The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST). Application form is on the MAST website, www.mast.is. Once MAST has received an application, the applicant will be sent a notification and a reqest to pay a permit fee of ISK 33.392 (which also is payment for importation checks). Upon receiving payment confirmation, an import permit will be issued and sent to the applicant along with all necessary information. The European pet passport is not sufficient for importation of dogs to Iceland. Temperament evaluation is required for some breeds of dogs (details below).

Importation Costs

The importer is responsible for the payment of importation costs. 

  1. Permit fee (MAST, ISK 33.392)
  2. Quarantine cost (contact www.einangrun.is for details).
  3. Veterinary costs for importation preparation in the country of export (vaccinations, tests etc.)

Quarantine

All imported dogs are required to stay in quarantine for 4 weeks. The importer must make a reservation for the animal at the quarantine facility. Einangrunarstöðin í Reykjanesbæ (www.einangrun.is) is currently the only approved quarantine station in Iceland. Pets are admitted during a set three-day period each month. For further information on admission dates, fees and other practical matters, contact the quarantine station. Please make your reservation well in advance as there might be a waiting list.

Airport 

Keflavik airport (KEF) is the only approved port of entry for pets. The permitted hours for pets at Keflavik are between 05:00 and 17:00 on the quarantine admission days. For arrival outside these specified hours an application must be sent to MAST at least one week in advance. If approved, the arrival of a pet outside of the permitted hours might result in considerable additional costs payable by the importer in relation to inspection and supervision.

Transport Crate

Provide a transport crate for the dog. The crate should be big enough so that the dog can stand, lie and turn around. The crate should be of a material easy to clean and disinfect. Soft carriers are not acceptable. If the crate can not be cleaned and disinfected it will be destroyed after importation.

Age

The minimum age for imported dogs is 7 months (204 days). However dogs that are imported from rabies-free countries can be imported at the age of 5 months.

Health Requirements

All health requirements (take note of time limits) for import must be fulfilled. A scanned copy of the Certificate of Health and Origin for Import of a Dog to Iceland along with rabies antibody titre test report must be sent to MAST at least 5 days before importation for approval. Original documents in addition to the import permit must accompany the dog to Iceland (in an envelope securely taped to the cage).

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Certificate of Health and Origin for Import of a Dog to Iceland

Only the form issued by MAST is valid for this purpose. Parts 1-8 of the certificate must be fully completed. The name of the importer (identified in part 1) shall correspond to the importer‘s name on the import permit. At least 5 days before the date of importation a scanned copy of the certificate (all 4 pages) and the rabies antibody test report must be e-mailed to MAST (petimport@mast.is) for pre-approval. At the time of import the following documents must accompany the dog: 1) the original Certificate of Health and Origin for Import of a dog to Iceland; 2) the original rabies antibody titre test report; 3) the import permit issued by MAST.

Microchip

The dog must have a microchip (ISO standard). The microchip must be applied before the dog is vaccinated and samples are taken for the purpose of importation.

Vaccinations

Rabies (vaccination and antibody titre test)

  • The dog must have been vaccinated against rabies with a killed vaccine no more than 365 days before importation.
  • The dog must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of the primary vaccination.
  • As a confirmation of a successful vaccination, the dog must have a rabies antibody titre blood test at least 30 days after the primary rabies vaccination (or a valid revaccination).
  • The blood test must be performed at a laboratory approved by the EU and have a result of antibody levels at a minimum of 0.5 IU/ml. EU approved laboratories: (hyperlink on MAST website) - At least 120 days must pass from the date of the primary rabies vaccination before the dog is authorised for importation to Iceland (following a successful antibody titre test). In case of a valid revaccination (and a successful antibody titre test) the dog may be imported 30 days after the last rabies revaccination.
  • Rabies free countries: If the dog has spent at least the last 6 months prior to arrival in Iceland in a rabiesfree country, then rabies vaccination and blood testing are not a requirement for import into Iceland.

Leptospirosis spp.

  • The dog must have been vaccinated against Leptospirosis spp. no more than 180 days and no less than 30 days before importation to Iceland.

Canine distemper

  • The dog must have been vaccinated against canine distemper no more than 365 days and no less than 30 days before importation to Iceland.

Contagious hepatitis 

  • The dog must have been vaccinated against contagious hepatitis no more than 365 days and no less than 30 days before importation to Iceland.

Parvovirus 

  • The dog must have been vaccinated against parvovirus no more than 365 days and no less than 30 days before importation to Iceland.

Laboratory tests (other than rabies antibody titre test) (no more than 30 days before importation) 

Brucella canis 

  • The dog must be tested serologically for Brucella canis with a negative result. The blood sample must be drawn no more than 30 days before importation to Iceland.

Salmonella spp. 

  • The dog must be tested for Salmonella spp. (fecal sample) with a negative result. The sample must be taken no more than 30 days before importation to Iceland.

Health examination and parasite treatment (no more than 10 days before importation)

Health examination 

  • Between 5-10 days before importation to Iceland the dog shall be examined by an authorised veterinarian and must not show any signs of contagious disease.

Tapeworm treatment 

  • Between 5-10 days before importation to Iceland the dog shall be treated for tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus) with an approved veterinary medicinal product.

External parasite treatment 

  • Between 5-10 days before importation to Iceland the dog shall be treated for external parasites (including ear mites, if indicated) with an an approved veterinary medicinal product.
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India

Import of pets (dogs or cats) up to two numbers per passenger are allowed as baggage, only to persons transferring their residence to India after two year of continuous stay abroad subject to production of required health certificate from country of origin and examination of the said pets by the animal quarantine officer without an import license issued by DGFT.

Import of pets are allowed only at airports having animal quarantine facility, viz. at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Passengers can also re-import the pets which were being taken away with them as export with prior certification from Animal Quarantine officer.

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Indonesia

Rabies Vaccination and Health Check

You must provide proof of current rabies vaccination. The vaccine must have been issued within a specified time frame. 

A rabies titre test is also required. The titer test should be done at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination to ensure antibodies have built up. The test results have to be sent to a specialized lab for interpretation so start the process early.

Import License

Import licenses are required for all animals entering Indonesia. 

The permit should be obtained from the Indonesian Directorate of Livestock and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture: 

Director General of Livestock and Animal Health Services cq Director of Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture, 
Building C, 9th floor, Jl. Harsono RM no. 3, Pasar Minggu, 
Jakarta 12550 Indonesia

Be sure to include the following in the request letter: pets name, race, age, color and any other marks. Also provide a health certificate from a veterinarian, vaccination book and a rabies vaccination certificate from your veterinarian that is still valid at least 1 month before departing to Indonesia. You may have to get these documents legalized at the nearest Indonesian embassy/consulate (contact them to verify). The Ministry of Agriculture may take up to 30 days to issue your import license.

Health Certificate

You must get a health certificate filled out by a licensed Veterinarian within 5 days of travel: first by your regular vet including information regarding the Rabies vaccine, then it must to be endorsed by an official government vet.

The Health Certificate must state that the pet has no clinical signs of Aujossky’s disease, Distemper, Rabies, Leishmaoiasis, Leptospirosis and Tuberculosis.

Make sure to include your vaccination records and the results of the rabies titer test.

Microchip

Your pet must have a valid microchip.

Airport

Pet animals, i.e. dogs and cats, which will be brought to Indonesia, must enter through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

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Ireland

Microchip
All pets must have a valid microchip, that was inserted before the rabies vaccination, and must be readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785 (15 digits).  If the microchip cannot be read when you enter or return to Ireland, your pet could be put into quarantine or refused entry.  You may carry your own hand-held scanner if the microchip is not readable by a device compatible with ISO standard 11785.

Rabies Vaccination 
The vaccination must be given after the microchip is inserted. The pet must be at least 12 weeks old before the vaccine is given and it must be given by an authorized veterinary practitioner. You must wait 21 days after the primary vaccination, or the last of the primary course of vaccinations, is given, before bringing the dog, cat or ferret to Ireland.  A rabies vaccination with a 3 year validity period is acceptable for entry into Ireland.   

Booster vaccinations (shots) are exempt from the 21-day rule, if there has been no break in coverage.  If there has been a break in coverage, the next vaccination will be considered a primary vaccination, and the 21-day rule applies.

Valid pet passport, or an official veterinary certificate (an Annex IV cert)
Ireland accepts pet passports from all EU countries, and from the following European countries/territories: Andorra; Gibraltar; Greenland and the Faroe Islands; Iceland; Liechtenstein; Monaco; Norway; San Marino; Switzerland; Vatican City State.

If your pet dog, cat or ferret does not have a valid EU pet passport, it must be accompanied by a third-country official veterinary certificate (an Annex IV cert) before entering an EU country including Ireland.  You don’t need an Annex IV cert if your pet has a valid EU pet passport which certifies that the rabies treatment is valid and was administered by an authorised EU veterinary practitioner.  

The Annex IV cert is valid for 10 days from the date it is signed and endorsed by an Official (State) Veterinarian in the country of departure.  If the pet is traveling by sea, the validity is extended by the number of days of travel by sea.

The EU member state through which you enter the EU will endorse the Annex IV cert after carrying out compliance checks.  The endorsed certificate will be valid for 4 months, or until the anti-rabies vaccination expires, whichever is the earliest.  Your pet can travel between other EU member states with the endorsed certificate.

Tapeworm
Dogs must have a tapeworm (Echinococcus multilocularis) treatment if they are coming from countries other than Finland, Malta, Norway or the UK. 

The treatment must be given by a veterinarian not more than 120 hours (5 days), and not less than 24 hours (1 day), before the scheduled arrival time of the dog in Ireland.

Compliance Checks 
All animals entering the EU from non-EU countries must undergo compliance checks on arrival.  If your pet is entering Ireland from a non-EU country, you must organise compliance checks in advance. These checks can be arranged with Lissenhall Veterinary Hospital (lissenhallvet@eircom.net) or Vets Direct (info@vetsdirect.ie). You do not need to organise compliance checks if your pet enters Ireland from another EU Member State.

Airport
Pets must enter Ireland through Dublin airport only, except recognized assistance dogs.

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Israel

Airport

Your pet must enter Israel through one of the following ports of entry: Ben Gurion Airport, Haifa seaport, Ashdod seaport and Eilat seaport. Pets can fly into Israel in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.

Import Permit

An import permit must be sent to the ​​​the Veterinary Services unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The import permit can be filled out manually or online. 

Health Certificate

A valid health certificate must be filled out by a veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA within 10 days of arrival. 

Titer Test

The pet must receive a titer test. The world health organization (WHO) recommends that feline and canines being exported to Israel have minimum titer of 0.5 international units (I.U).

Advance Notice

Please make sure that the required documents (health certificate, import permit, titer test) have been received at the import port and there is no objection to flying the animal to Israel. 

Telephone number for inquiries : 972-3-9792240 Email: vs-airport@moag.gov.il , Fax: 972-3-9485869

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Italy

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Jamaica

Restrictions

Only pets from from Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Eire are allowed entry into Jamaica.

Import Permit

Every dog or cat imported into Jamaica must be accompanied by an import permit from the Veterinary Division in the Ministry of Agriculture (Jamaica).

Port of Entry

All pets must arrive in Kingston as a port of entry. 

Examination

Every dog or cat shall be examined by an inspector appointed under the Law, and if free of infectious or communicable diseases it may enter.

Rabies Certificate

Every dog or cat imported into Jamaica must be accompanied by a certificate stating that there has been no Rabies in unquarantined dogs, cats or other animals in the country from which it was exported.

This certificate shall be given:

  • In the case of Great Britain by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Hook Rise, Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey.
  • In the case of Northern Ireland by the
    Ministry of Agriculture,
    Belfast
  • In the case of Republic of Eire by the Department of Agriculture, Dublin.

Animal Contact

No dog or cat imported into the island will be allowed entry if it has been in contact with any dog or cat that has not come directly from Great Britain, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Eire; or a dog or cat that has been released from quarantine in those countries in respect of Rabies; and which in either case has been granted an official certificate from a country of origin referred to above.

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Japan

Entry into Japan will depend on whether you are coming from a designated region or a non-designated region. 

A designated region includes the following countries: Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, and Guam. 

A non-designated region includes all other countries. 

The following is the process for those coming from non-designated regions (including the USA):

Step 1

Your pet will need a standard ISO 15 digit microchip. If the microchip is not standard, you should contact Animal Quarantine Service at the expected port of entry and travel with a working microchip reader.

Step 2

Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies twice or more after the microchip implanting.

First rabies vaccination

  • Pet must be at least 91 days old at the time of vaccination (the date of birth is counted as day 0)
  • Must be issued after the microchip was implanted(including the same day of implanting)

Second rabies vaccination

  • More than 30days apart from the first vaccination (the date of the first one is counted as day 0)
  • Within the effective period* of the first vaccination

*Effective period is not the expiration date for use of the vaccine, but the duration of immunity.

Please note that some rabies vaccinations given before microchip implantation may be accepted under certain conditions(PDF:190KB)

Step 3

Rabies antibody test must be performed at one of the designated laboratories.

A blood sample for the test must be drawn after the second rabies vaccination. The antibody titer against rabies must be equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml. 

Please note that if there is no designated laboratory in your country, you need to send the blood sample to one of the designated laboratories in other countries.

Step 4

Dogs and cats are required to arrive in Japan after 180 days have passed from the date of blood sampling for the rabies antibody test.

In addition, the arrival date in Japan must be within ‘the expiry period of the rabies vaccine administered’ and ‘the validity period of the rabies antibody test (2 years from the date of blood sampling)’.

Dogs and cats whose waiting has passed less than 180 days will be subject to quarantine at a detention facility of Animal Quarantine Service for the period to make up the shortage.

Step 5

Applicants must notify Animal Quarantine Service at the expected port of entry not less than 40 days before arrival in Japan. You can submit the notification form by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Animal Quarantine Service will issue an ‘Approval of Import Inspection of Animals’ (Approval Form) to the applicant if there is no problem in the notification.

You need to print out the Approval form because it is necessary at the check-in counter and at the time of import inspection.

Step 6

You must get a health certificate endorsed that includes the following information:

  1. Individual information (including date of birth or age)
  2. Microchip number and date of implanting 
  3. Date of rabies vaccinations, effective period, kind of vaccine, product name and manufacturer of vaccine
  4. Date of blood sampling for a rabies antibody test, antibody titer, and name of designated laboratory
  5. Result and date of clinical inspection (pre-export inspection) 

Step 7

Dogs and cats must be inspected by Animal Quarantine Service upon arrival in Japan.

Importer must apply for import inspection to Animal Quarantine Service upon arrival in Japan.

If no problems are found in the import inspection, they will issue an import quarantine certificate for the dog or cat.

In case that the dog or cat doesn’t meet import requirements, it will be subject detention quarantine for up to 180 days or will be returned or euthanized.

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Kenya

Applicants are required to submit the following items at the time of application to the Kenya Embassy Washington DC: 

Requirements:

  1. License for pets required.
  2. A request letter providing the importer's name and address.
  3. The pet's name.
  4. Current Health Certificate from the Veterinary Doctor.
  5. The Fee is US$50.00 payable in Money Order to Kenya Embassy.
  6. A return self-addressed envelope, prepaid Priority Mail, Express Mail, FedEx or DHL.
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Korea

Import of cats and dogs aged 90 days or older
  • A microchip implant and a rabies-neutralizing antibody test are mandatory for cats and dogs aged 90 days or older originating from countries that are not rabies-free. The rabies-neutralizing antibody test must be administered by an internationally approved laboratory or by the competent authority of the exporting country within 24 months prior to boarding.
  • For a list of internationally approved laboratories for rabies antibody tests, visit here
  • Upon arrival to Korea, a health certificate issued by the veterinary authority of the exporting country confirming the animal's microchip number and the result of the rabies antibody test must be submitted to the animal quarantine officer.
  • A cat or dog whose accompanying documentation has been verified and whose health has been confirmed through a clinical examination at the port of entry may be released on the day of arrival. However, an animal without a microchip or whose microchip number is not the same as that on the certificate, as well as an animal that has not received a rabies-neutralizing antibody test or whose rabies-neutralizing antibody titer is 0.5IU/㎖ or lower, may be quarantined for an extended period of time to have a microchip implanted or to undergo a rabies antibody test, all at the owner's expense.
  • If you don't bring health certificate with your cats or dogs, your cats or dogs have to return to exporting country, all at the owner's cost as well.

  • The average extended period for quarantine is 10 days, and this period can be extended more depending on the case.

  • Pets must have a microchip. Microchips implanted in cats and dogs must be ISO-compliant. For any other chips, importers must bring their own microchip scanners.
  • Travelers bringing ten or more cats and/or dogs to Korea must submit an advance notification form to the Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency (APQA) and obtain prior approval for the use of an animal quarantine facility.

    Import instructions for cats and dogs younger than 90 days or originating from rabies-free countries linked below. the Areas designated as rabies-free are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait,
    New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom etc.


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Kuwait

You must get an import pet certificate obtained from The Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs & Fish Resources. They can be reached at:

Telephone: 9651885020-96522253001-96522253000
Facsimile: 96524737615
Website: www.paaf.gov.kw
Email: info@paaf.gov.kw

You must also have:

  • A valid health certificate issued by a veterinarian.
  • A written request including the pet's information and the sponsor's information.
  • Certificates of health and rabies vaccination obtained between 30 days and 1 year before the time of arrival are required. The veterinary health certificate should be dated within 1 month before arrival into Kuwait. 
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Laos

Any natural or legal person intending to bring any animals into Lao, PDR shall fulfill the following requirements:

  1. He or she has been issued an import permit by the Livestock and Veterinary Management Authority;
  2. The animal is accompanied by an international veterinary certificate issued by the relevant government organizations or officer of the exporting country, in line with the requirements of Lao PDR;
  3. He or she has relevant documents in compliance with the regulations of the Livestock and Veterinary Management Authority where the import is for animals used for breeding;
  4. The animals are imported through the Entry Checkpoints designated by the Livestock and Veterinary Management Authority;

Import Permit

Any natural or legal person who intends to import an animal or animal product into Lao PDR shall submit an application to the Livestock and Veterinary Management Authority at the entry checkpoint at least fifteen days prior to the expected arrival of such animal or animal product, using the prescribed import application form and together with such fee as may be prescribed.

Applications shall include at least the following information:

  1. the proposed date of entry;
  2. the designated entry checkpoint;
  3. the animal species and quantity;
  4. means of transport;
  5. the address of final destination;
  6. proof of ownership or custodianship of animals;
  7. such other information as may be prescribed in regulations.

The animal will be inspected upon arrival. 

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Latvia

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Lebanon

All animals being imported into the country will require a government authorized health certificate and an additional certificate proving the animal’s vaccination against Rabies.

Contact a Lebanese Consulate for further instructions and endorsement. 

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Lithuania

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Luxembourg

CATS and DOGS

To bring your dog or cat with you into Luxembourg you need:

  1. a certificate* that your dog or cat is vaccinated against rabies since at least 30 days and not older than 1 year
  2. a certificate* that your dog or cat is in good health and is free of all infectious illness (not older than 14 days )
  3.  Referring to the European Regulation EC No. 998/2003, the dogs from a third country that are entering a state member of the European Union should have been subject of a neutralizing antibody titration at least equal to 0.5 IU/ml performed on a sample taken by an authorized veterinarian at least thirty days after vaccination and three months before being moved. This should be done at least 4 months before departure to the Grand Duchy.

*These two certificates must be validated by a legal veterinarian (that means that the signature of YOUR usual veterinarian must be validated by an official state veterinarian)

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Madagascar

Pets: requires a valid US-issued vaccination certificate (obtainable from the animal’s veterinarian)

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Malaysia

Health Certificate

  • Pets arriving in Malaysia must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate issued by the Veterinary Health Authority of the exporting country who comply with import regulations.
  • Veterinary Health Certificates shall be dated within 7 days of export unless specified otherwise in the import regulation.

  • Pets must have a valid rabies vaccination. 

Import Permit

You are required to obtain an import permit from this department to import pet to Malaysia. 

  • For imports to Peninsular Malaysia, import permits shall be obtained from the Director of the State Veterinary Department or Director General, Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia.
  • For imports to the States of Sabah and Sarawak, inquiries and applications should be made to the respective states.
  • You must submit an application together with a copy of the current vaccination record and import permit fee of five Ringgit Malaysia (RM 5.00) per dog / cat. This payment may be paid in cash or by bank draft, remittance or postal money, paid to the Director General of Veterinary Services of Malaysia or the State Director concerned.
  • Applicants abroad may submit their application by post or by local representative (a friend, relative or agent in Malaysia).
  • You can:
    • Obtain application form from office above OR download the PDF version
  • Permit issued within a day.
  • The import permit is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
  • For quarantinable pets (see below), import permits shall be issued only upon confirmation of quarantine space which is determined by the Animal Quarantine Station concerned. Hence once the import permit is issued, it means quarantine is reserved for the arrival.

Age

Dogs and cats must be at least 3 months old at the time of import.

# of Animals

There is no restriction on the number of animals that can be imported by a person. However, local authorities in Malaysia have regulations relating to the number of dogs that can be stored within the premises of the residence.

Original copy of import permit, health certificates from the national veterinary authority of the exporter and CITES approval (if necessary) shall be submitted to Animal Quarantine Officer for release. 

Pet Travel

  • It is not compulsory but it will be good to inform the Animal Quarantine Officer at the point of entry with details of estimated arrival time and flight details for faster entry clearance.
  • Pets shall land for entry clearance only at the point of entry specified in the import permit. Pets that require quarantine may only land at the KLIA, Penang or Padang Besar where quarantine facilities are available.
  • The pet may travel unaccompanied. A local representative (friend, relative or agent in Malaysia) may be appointed by the owner to handle clearance at the point of entry and to attend to quarantine matters.

Quarantine

  • Dogs and cats from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei and Singapore are not subject to quarantine provided the pets are healthy and all documents are in order. Dogs and cats from other countries are subject to a minimum of 7 days quarantine.
  • Quarantine facilities for dogs and cats are available at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang, Penang International Airport, and Padang Besar (Perlis-Thai border).
  • The original copies of the import permit, the health certificate from the veterinary authority of the exporting country and CITES approval (where necessary) shall be submitted to the Animal Quarantine Officer for clearance. All documents shall be in Bahasa Malaysia or English.
  • Although not compulsory, it is advisable to notify the Animal Quarantine Officer at the entrance with information on estimated time of arrival and flight information for early departure.
  • Owners and anyone authorized by him is allowed to visit the pets daily between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm. 
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Malta

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
  • Tapeworm Treatment: Tapeworm treatment is required for dog(s) exported to Malta. The dog(s) must be treated by an Accredited Veterinarian between 24 and 120 hours (1 and 5 days) before entering.
    • The medication used must be labeled as an effective treatment against tapeworms (specifically Echinococcus multilocularis) and must be administered by an Accredited Veterinarian.
    • It is recommended to use a medication that contains praziquantel as the active ingredient.
    • When the tapeworm treatment is documented on the Health Certificate, please include the name of the medication’s active ingredient (not the brand/trade name) in addition to the name of the manufacturer of the medication.
    • The Accredited Veterinarian must document the date and time of the tapeworm treatment on the  Health Certificate at the time the treatment is given.
    • Malta allows the tapeworm treatment to occur after APHIS endorsement of the health certificate.
  • Pre-Notification Form: Travelers will need to fill out a pre-notification form to inform Malta of their arrival.
    • The form can be downloaded here: CLICK HERE​
    • An officer will be assigned to you based on the information you provide by filling in FORM 1. The officer will wait for you at the travellers’ point of entry and proceed for the inspection. ​
    • If any delay in your travel occurs, please call (24/7) or send a SMS 00356 9917 0532 providing NAME, SURNAME, FLIGHT/SHIP N., DAY and TIME of arrival. 
    • The process to authorize your pet to travel will take about 3 days. Please pre-notify your arrival to us in time. The applications are processed only from Monday to Friday on Working Days.  
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Mexico

You must obtain a valid Health Certificate.

The Health Certificate must...

  • be type written, or completed using a word processor or computer.
    • Documents with handwritten information will be rejected.
  • not contain abbreviations. Example:
    • Dates: "January" is accepted while "Jan" is not. 
    • States: Must be the entire word and not the two-letter abbreviation.
    • Ages: "Months" or "Years" is accepted while "mos" or "yrs" is not.
  • Mexico will reject VS Form 7001 health certificates if they are not signed and sealed by a Veterinary Services veterinarian. 
  • The Health Certificate must be issued within 10 days of travel. 

The options for the Health Certificate are the following:

  • Option A International Health Certificate (APHIS Form 7001).
    • This option has a fee for endorsement.
    • Pre-filled Certificate must include appropriate rabies vaccination information 
  • Option B: Accredited veterinarian certificate (certificate template):
    • This certificate must be printed on the Accredited Veterinarian’s letterhead
    • No changes should be made to the wording in this document
    • The USDA does not endorse this certificate
    • This certificate must be completed and signed by a USDA-Accredited veterinarian
    • This certificate is not negotiated, it is a template containing the information Mexico requires.

The Health Certificate must confirm the following:

  • Animal/s has been vaccinated against rabies. Indicate the vaccination and expiration dates of the rabies vaccine. Animals younger than three months are exempted from this requirement.
  • Animals were inspected and found clinically healthy prior to export.
  • The animals were treated against ectoparasite and endoparasite in a period not longer than 6 months. 

Please note that there are special requirements for dogs and cats residing in the border zone: States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The special requirements include:

  • Pets traveling between the United States and Mexico will be allowed with a HC endorsed by Veterinary Services or a HC issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian residing at the border zone of the U.S. or Mexico. In this case the licensed veterinarian must use his letterhead and must write his license number in the certificate.
  • The health certificate will be valid for 6 months.
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Morocco

The requirements to take a pet to Morocco are as follows:

- a Vet certificate stating that all necessary shots were done during the last three months prior to your trip to Morocco.
- a health certificate to import dogs and cats filled out by the pet's Vet during the last 48 hours prior to your trip to Morocco.

The shots certificate as well as the health certificate attached must both be authenticated at the US Department of Agriculture, before mailing or presenting them for certification at the Consular Section.

The processing fee is a $28.60 money order for both documents (Please write your name & address on the money order).

Fees for returning your mail are not included in the fees above. To ensure the reception of your document, please include a prepaid Express Mail or Priority Mail envelope sold at the post office. Please note that this is the only mailing method accepted.

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Namibia

To travel to Namibia you must have a Health Certificate, rabies vaccination, and apply for an import permit. 

  • Applications for permits must be made well in advance – not less than 3 days before it is required (30 days in case of animals or birds requiring quarantine on arrival in Namibia)
  • Please complete this form in BLOCK LETTERS and in full, prior to the return thereof. Incomplete forms will only lead to delays
  • Import permits are valid for a limited period and for one consignment only.
  • Imports may not be authorized telephonically or telegraphically.
  • After completion, return to: Director of Veterinary Services, Private Bag 12022, Windhoek, Namibia. (Fax: + 264 – 61-303151)
  • Processed permits will be posted to the address given unless other instructions are given.
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The Netherlands

Microchip

If you are planning to import a dog, you must have it microchipped and registered within two weeks of its arrival in the Netherlands. The microchip is normally implanted by a vet, who can also advise you on how to register the animal.

Conditions for bringing a dog, cat or ferret to the Netherlands from another EU country

The Netherlands wants to prevent animals with rabies from entering the Netherlands. If you want to bring a dog, cat or ferret to the Netherlands from another EU country:

  • the animal must be at least 15 weeks old
  • the animal must be vaccinated at 12 weeks old
  • after the animal has been vaccinated, you must wait 21 days before bringing it to the Netherlands
  • the animal must be microchipped and have a pet passport.

Traveling from third countries to the Netherlands

It's important to check whether you are coming from a low risk or a high risk country regarding rabies, because the import requirements are different.

Low risk countries rabies

  • ID, a microchip applied before the first rabies vaccination or a readable tattoo applied before July 2011.
  • Dogs and Cats must be vaccinated against Rabies 21 days prior to entry in the EU.
  • Veterinary certificate issued by an official veterinarian from the country the animal is traveling from. Or an EU Animal Passport  when the animal originates from the EU.

Note: Dogs, cats and ferrets under the age of 3 months from these low risk rabies countries can not enter the Netherlands. Young dogs, cats and ferrets are at least 15 weeks of age (3 months + 21 days) before they may travel to the Netherlands.

High risk countries rabies

  • ID, an microchip applied before the first rabies vaccination or a readable tattoo if applied before July 2011.
  • Veterinary certificate issued by an official veterinarian from the country the animal is traveling from. Or an EU Animal Passport when the animal originates from the EU.
  • A blood sample testing the rabies antibody level, must be drawn at least 30 days after vaccination against rabies
  • The blood sample must be tested by an EU approved laboratory.
  • The result of the rabies antibody level test must be at least 0,5 IE/ml.
  • If the result of the test is good, meaning 0,5 IE/ml or higher, the dog or cat can enter the EU after another three (3) months after the blood drawing. This period is for the possible presence of rabies despite the vaccination and positive blood test.
    • This 3-month period shall not apply to the re-entry of an EU pet animal whose passport certifies that the titration was carried out, with a positive result, before the animal left the territory of the EU.
    • The antibody test does not need to be renewed on a pet animal which has been revaccinated against rabies before the validity of the previous vaccination expires.

Note: Young dogs, cats and ferrets are at least 7 months of age (3 months after birth + 1 month later blood test + 3 months excluding possible presence of rabies) before they may travel to the Netherlands.

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New Zealand

To successfully import your cat or dog you need to:

  • read the import health standard (IHS), guidance document and checklists for cats and dogs
  • check that your cat or dog is eligible for import into New Zealand – refer to the guidance document
  • use a pet exporter (recommended)
  • book an MPI-approved quarantine facility (for all cats and dogs except from Australia)
  • apply for a permit to import from MPI a minimum of 20 working days in advance of the date you require the permit (all cats and dogs except from Australia)
  • ensure all of the import requirements have been met
  • notify an official veterinarian in New Zealand:
    • at least 5 working days before arrival for cats and dogs from Australia
    • at least 72 hours before arrival for cats and dogs from all other approved countries
  • check inspection times for biosecurity clearance for cats and dogs from Australia
  • declare any medication your animal is taking.

Detailed instructions for each step are available below. To make it easier to import your cat or dog into New Zealand, MPI has created checklists for you to download and print for reference. 

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Nicaragua

  1. Animals will require a Health Certificate. The health certificate should be made out at least in duplicate.

  2. The animals must be vaccinated against rabies no more than 365 days prior to the date of embarkation.

  3. The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the Nicaraguan Consular office.

  4. Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit. Personal pet dogs or cats do not need an import permit, but a quarantine permit which must be obtained at the Nicaraguan ports of entry upon arrival.

  5. The rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the health documents.
                

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Norway

The animal must be ID-marked.

The animal must be identified by a microchip or clearly readable tattoo. The microchip has to comply with the ISO 11784 standard (15 digits). If the microchip does not comply with the standard requirements, the owner has to provide a microchip reader capable of reading the microchip. Tattooing is accepted as a method of identification if it was done before 3 July 2011. The animal must be identified before the rabies vaccination.

The animal must have a valid anti-rabies vaccination.

The vaccine must either be an inactivated vaccine of at least one antigenic unit per dose (recommendation from the World Health Organization) or a recombinant vaccine expressing the immunizing glycoprotein of the rabies virus in a live virus vector. If administered in an EU-country or in Norway the vaccine must have been granted a marketing authorization.

The vaccine must be administered by an authorised veterinarian.

The animal must be at least 12 weeks old when the vaccine is administered.  The date of administration shall be indicated in the appropriate section of the pet passport. The animal must be identified before the rabies vaccination. 

The period of validity starts not less than 21 days from the completion of the vaccination protocol required by the manufacturer for a primary vaccination. A revaccination has no 21-day waiting period if performed within the period of validity of the previous vaccination.

The period of validity shall be indicated by the authorized veterinarian in the appropriate section of the pet passport. A revaccination is considered a primary vaccination if it is not carried out within the period of validity of the previous vaccination.

No anti-rabies vaccination is required for animals traveling only between Norway and Sweden.

The animal must have received an anti-echinococcus treatment (dogs only).

The treatments shall be administered by a veterinarian and shall consist of a medicine containing praziquantel or pharmacologically active substances, which alone or in combination, have been proven to reduce the burden of mature and immature intestinal forms of the Echinococcus multilocularis parasite in the host species concerned.

As a main rule, the treatment must be administered 24 – 120 hours prior to entering Norway.

Alternatively, the 28-day rule can be applied. Then the dog has to be treated at least twice before traveling at a maximum interval of 28 days and after that regularly at maximum intervals of 28 days for as long as the pet keeps traveling to and from Norway. If the dog remains in Norway, the last treatment has to be administered after the traveling has ended. If the 28-day interval is exceeded, the treatment series has to be started over with two treatments to trigger the 28-day rule again.

The treatment shall be certified by the administering veterinarian in the relevant section of the pet passport

No anti-echinococcus treatment is required for dogs traveling to Norway directly from the United Kingdom, Finland, Ireland or Malta.

Identification Document 

The animal must have a pet passport (if traveling from the EU) OR a valid health certificate (if coming from any other country).

Rabies antibody titration test

Please note that animals traveling from certain countries will require a titer test. 

Point of Entry

Animals from Andorra, Switzerland, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City State may be brought into Norway through all border crossings.

Animals from other third countries or territories must be brought into Norway only through Oslo Airport or Storskog. Animals from Svalbard may additionally enter through Tromsø Airport, Port of Tromsø or Port of Bodø. The owner or the authorised person must contact the Norwegian Food Safety Authority at the point of entry and present the animals and the necessary documentation for checking. The Norwegian Food Safety Authority should be notified at least 48 hours before arrival in order to avoid a long waiting time before the check can be carried out.

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Pakistan

Documents required for Import

  • Request letter for Import Permit
  • Original Health certificate issued by the exporting country
  • Copy of Bill of lading/ Airway Bill
  • Approval of temporary Quarantine House in case of live animals (if applicable)
  • Vaccination card/ Pet Passport (for import of pet animals). Pets must have a valid rabies vaccine.
  • Fees paid (bank challan).
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Panama

  • You must get a Health Certificate that is endorsed by the officials from the country you reside in. This certificate is valid for 30 days after issuance.

  • Your pet must have a valid rabies vaccination. A rabies vaccination certificate is required and should include date of vaccination, established period of immunity, product name and serial number. 
    • Rabies vaccination not required for dogs less than three months of age.
  • Animals must be vaccinated for Distemper, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis.

  • Your health certificate will need to be stamped and signed by a Panamanian diplomatic office (consulate or embassy) in the United States prior to travel.

    • If you live in a state that does not have a Panamanian diplomatic office in it, the health certificate can be signed (apostilled/ legalized) by the Office of Authentications, Bureau of Consular Affairs (U.S. Department of State) located in Washington, D.C.  Only the Office of Authentications in Washington, D.C. can issue apostilles.  

  • The owner must notify Panama at least three (3) days before the arrival of the pet by completing the Home Quarantine Request” that can be download from www.minsa.gob.pa.

    • This notification must be sent via email to cam@minsa.gob.pa. In the email, you will need to provide a scanned copy of your pet’s health certificate as well as information related to your pet’s date of arrival, time, flight number and airline.
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Paraguay

The animals must be covered by the original International Veterinary Certificate (CVI), issued by the Veterinary Authority of the Exporting Country.

Bringing in 5 (five) animals or less will be considered company. 6 (six) animals or more will be treated as a commercial import and different import rules will apply, ie you will need a
Previous import authorization.

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Peru

  • The pet must be examined and found healthy and free from clinical signs of infectious, transmissible, and parasitic diseases. They will need a valid health certificate issued by the official entity of country of origin.

  • Dogs must be vaccinated against the following: Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, and Rabies within 12 months prior to export. The Rabies vaccine is mandatory for pets from 3 months of age and older.

  • Deworming (internal and external) must be carried out within 15 days of the trip 

  • Must will be checked by the SENASA (The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture) office before going through Customs Here you pay a small fee and your documents will be checked and stamped. 
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Philippines

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Import permit issued by the Philippines' Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)
  2. Health certificate issued by a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarian or USDA-accredited veterinarian

Note: the above requirements must be presented at the Philippine airport upon arrival of the pet. (Failure to present the requirements may result in pet/s being quarantined upon arrival).

PROCEDURES:

  1. To obtain an import permit from the Philippines' Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)
    • Go to http://www.bai.gov.ph/ and click BAI ONE TIME LINK (almost at the bottom of the page). This leads to the form to fill out and submit.
    • Alternatively, go direct to http://www.intercommerce.com.ph/registrationbai.asp and fill out the form.

Applicant will be asked for a Username (email) and Password, which will be used to check the status of the application. The status could be: (1) for Endorsement (meaning the application is waiting for the signature of the approving authority); (2) Approved; (3) Rejected (the applicant will have to re-apply).

To check the status of the application, go to http://www.intercommerce.com.ph/home.asp or http://www.intercommerce.com.ph/login.asp?home=HOME.

If approved, click the reference number and it will bring applicant to the 3-page SPS permit. Print the permit and present this at the Quarantine station in the airport (Philippines).

Approval usually takes 1-2 days. Validity of the SPS permit is two months.

Please read the other requirements on the permit in order to import your pet(s), i.e., Veterinary Health Certificate and the updated Vaccination Record.

For the updated Vaccination Records, the following is needed:

DOGS: rabies vaccination and vaccination against distemper, leptospirosis, parvovirus, adenovirus type 2

CATS: rabies vaccination and vaccination against herpes, calicivirus, panleukopenia and feline leukemia

2. To obtain health certificate from US authority

  • Secure a health certificate for each pet from a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarian or USDA-accredited veterinarian. The health certificate should be dated within 30 days before the date of arrival in the Philippines. The health certificate should certify that the animal is free from, and has not been recently exposed to, any dangerous or communicable disease, and that it has been given anti-rabies and other required inoculation.
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Poland

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Portugal

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Puerto Rico

  • Each animal or bird that comes to Puerto Rico must be accompanied by an official health certificate prepared by an accredited State it shall be valid for 30 days from the date of shipment veterinarian. The health certificate must contain:
    • The exact description of the animals or birds including an official individual identification ( microchip - horses , cattle -RFID ( electronic display special identification number ), sheep and goats - RFID and / or microchip ) , age , sex and race .
    • The date and results of laboratory or other tests, the name of the accredited laboratory or the person who performed the test. 
    • Date of vaccination and vaccine administered. Anejo 1
    • Name and address of the consignee and / or owner, consignor, origin and destination of animals. 
    • A certification that the animals are free of symptoms or infectious, contagious or have been exposed to these diseases.
    • And any other certificate required for a specific species of animal

  • All dogs and cats over four (4) months of age must be vaccinated against rabies within six (6) months prior to the date of shipment, shall be properly identified and accompanied by a certificate of vaccination against rabies.
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Qatar

To travel to Qatar with a pet you will need the following:

  • A copy of the owner's ID
  • A copy of the animal's current vaccination record (rabies certificate is required)
  • Import Permit

To be eligible, the pet must be more then four months old, and has been given its vaccinations at least 30 days before the date of travel. 

The import permit is valid for one month. Authorized pets may be imported as cargo or excess baggage. The Doha International Airport keeps incoming animals at a special facility before they clear customs. 

Individuals may submit a request to the Animal Resources Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) to obtain a permit to import dogs.

ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Enter your username/QID no. and password.
  • Fill out the online form, entering personal details and service details.
  • Select type of shipping and place of receiving the service.
  • Select exporting and transit countries.
  • Attach a copy of applicant's QID, and vaccination card.
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Romania

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Russia

  • The veterinary health certificate must be completed by a USDA-accredited veterinarian.

  • The animal must be examined and the veterinary health certificate issued (signed & dated) by the USDA-accredited veterinarian within 5 days of travel.

  • The certificate MUST be endorsed by USDA-APHIS prior to travel.

  • Dogs must be vaccinated more than 20 days, and less than 12 months before travel, against the following diseases:
    • canine distemper virus
    • canine adenovirus type 1 (hepatitis)
    • canine coronavirus (viral enteritis)
    • canine parvovirus
    • canine adenovirus type 2 (respiratory disease)
    • leptospirosis (due to either L. canicola or L. icterohaemorrhagiae).

  • Any single vaccine or combination product that is licensed and approved for use in the United States, is acceptable.

  • Dogs must be vaccinated more than 20 days and less than 12 months before travel. The Russian Federation does not recognize multi-year rabies vaccinations. The pet must wait 20 days post vaccination of all required vaccines to travel.

  • If you are exporting any other “fur-bearing animal,” (Ex: rabbit, ferret, mink, nutria, fox, or artic fox), please contact your APHIS-VS-NIES Service Center for additional information.

  • A quarantine period is not required if there are 2 or fewer pets traveling, and if the pets are accompanied by a veterinary health certificate endorsed by APHIS, stating that the animals were examined within 5 days of travel. For those traveling with more than 2 pets, please contact Russian government officials at the port of arrival (i.e. airport) to confirm entry requirements.
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St. Kitts & Nevis

To travel to St. Kitts & Nevis with a pet, you must have the following:

  • Microchip: All animals to be imported into St. Kitts and Nevis must be identified with an AVID, Home Again, or an ISO-compatible electronic microchip implant. 

  • Rabies Vaccination: Animals must be current on rabies vaccinations. Both 1 year and 3-year vaccines are acceptable.
    • Rabies vaccines given to pets less than 3 months of age are not considered valid by St. Kitts and Nevis. 

  • Rabies Titer Test: 

    Two (2) laboratory reports with Titer results > or = 0.5 I.U./ml from the Rabies Laboratory at Kansas State University OR The Department of Pathology at Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine.  Acceptable test types: FAVN or RFFIT

    Test 1. The first titre must be taken no less than 30 days after the most recent rabies vaccine. If the result of the first titre is negative, a booster vaccine must be given and the titre repeated again in 30 days.

    Test 2. The second test must be conducted not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months after the first titre.  
    The testing laboratory must submit the test results directly to  

    The Chief Veterinary Officer  
    P. O. Box 39  
    Veterinary Services  
    Department of Agriculture  
    Basseterre, St. Kitts, West Indies  
    Telephone 1-869-465-2110  
    Fax 1-869-465-2928.  

    To be considered valid, the test results must include the number of the implanted microchip and complete description of the animal (age, sex, breed, color or color pattern etc).

  • Health Certificate: 

    A health certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian  and endorsed by USDA APHIS within 30 days of the date of arrival.  

    Parasite Treatment and Health Certificate  
    Your pet must be treated for internal and external parasites by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian within 72 hours of travel.

    The accredited veterinarian will then need to issue a health certificate within 72 hours of arrival into St. Kitts and Nevis. This certificate does not need to be endorsed by USDA APHIS.  

  • Import Permit:

    Apply in writing to the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for import permit. The application must include the species, name, age, sex, breed, color or color pattern and microchip number.

    An import permit will be issued only after the two (2) rabies titer test results and endorsed health certificate are received.  

  • Post Arrival Requirement: 

    Your pet will have to complete a thirty-day home confinement upon arrival to St. Kits and Nevis.  

    Requirements for thirty day confinement:

    1. Your pet will be visited 4 times to monitor your pet during home confinement.
    2. Dogs must be kept on approved premises, completely fenced and secure.
    3. Cats must be kept in doors at all times and all windows and doors must be screened.
    4. Dogs and cats, after inspection at the port of entry must not be removed from carrier until arrival at the place of confinement.
    5. Dog and cats must not come into contact with any other animal during confinement.
    6. Dog and cats must not be removed from the premises without permission of the Veterinary Authority. Permission will be granted for Veterinary emergencies.

    Quarantine violations will result in deportation of your pet.
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St. Lucia

Anyone who wishes to import any live animal, animal products and by-products into Saint Lucia must apply for an import permit. The deciding factor for entry is the disease status of the exporting country vis-a-vis the disease status of Saint Lucia.

  1. Complete the Veterinary Import Permit application form. Owners must ensure that animals satisfy the specific conditions before the Permit application is submitted to the Veterinary department
  2. The application form must be submitted with all documents specified in the conditions document for that animal
  3. The documents can be scanned and sent to Veterinary Services department at vlsdsec.agriculture@govt.lc or can be submitted in person to the department.
  4. The applicant collects the permit from the department, if approved or a copy of the permit will be emailed to the applicant.
  5. The processing time for the import permit is two (2) business days.
  6. At time of entry, the requisite fee of EC $45.00 must be paid.

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Saudi Arabia

For those who are planning to work and reside in Saudi Arabia and wish to take their pets with them, the following procedures must be followed:

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Singapore

STEP 1: Check your country's rabies risk category

AVA categorises countries according to their rabies risk status. Dogs and cats from each category are subject to different Veterinary Conditions. Categories run from A (Countries free from rabies) to D (Countries with undetermined risk of rabies). Guam and Hawaii are Category B, the rest of the USA is Category C. 

STEP 2: Ensure your dog or cat fulfills AVA Veterinary Condition

Different sets of Veterinary Conditions apply to dogs and cats under each of the 4 country categories.

Veterinary Conditions include requirements on vaccinations, blood tests, parasite treatment, etc., some of which carry specific timeframes. Do read the conditions carefully.

Category A // Category B // Category C // Category D 

STEP 3: Reserve quarantine space with AVA

Dogs and cats from countries under Categories C or D are required to be quarantined at the Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station (SAQS) upon their arrival in Singapore.

Please see Animal Quarantine & AVA's Border Control Checkpoints for more information on animal quarantine.

Dogs and cats from Categories A or B are not required to undergo quarantine, provided all veterinary conditions are met and the animals are clinically healthy on arrival.

Those under Category C are required to be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days (Category C1) or 30 days (Category C2).

Those under Category D are required to be quarantined for a minimum of 30 days.

More details on the vaccination conditions can be found in the relevant veterinary conditions documents listed in step 4.

Please reserve your quarantine space at least 3 months before your dog/cat's anticipated arrival into Singapore through our Quarantine Management System.

STEP 4: Obtain a dog licence to apply for AVA import licence and Singapore Customs clearance

From 1 January 2016, please obtain a dog licence before applying for an AVA Import Licence.

Apply for an import licence via the LicenceOne (AVA e-Licensing) website.

For a step-by-step guide to apply an import licence, please click here.

The licence is valid for 30 days from date of issue. Please note that you will need to log in to the License One (AVA e-Licensing) website and locate the specific import licensing service.

STEP 5: Obtain Veterinary Health Certificate

AVA requires a Veterinary Health Certificate certifying that your dog or cat meets the Veterinary Conditions and is healthy and free from any contagious or infectious disease prior to import.

STEP 6: Inform AVA's border control office of the arrival date and time before your pet arrives in Singapore.

Make an appointment for your pet’s inspection by submitting an online booking request via AVA’s Intelligent Food Approval & Safety Tracking System (iFAST). Submit your request at least 5 days before arrival. Pets arriving for inspections without any prior appointment will be subject to an $80.00 inspection fee. Please be informed that all pets arrival at Tuas Checkpoint can only be on Mondays – Saturdays between 8 to 10 am.

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South Africa

If you are traveling to South Africa with a pet you will need a veterinary import permit.The tariff is R140.00 per permit.

  1. Please complete the application form fully, in print, prior to submission.
  2. Import permits are valid for a limited period and for one consignment only.
  3. Imports may only be authorized in writing by issuing a veterinary import permit.
  4. Application for a permit must be made at least four (4) weeks prior to introduction.
  5. Applicants are advised to call the permit office if the permit has not been received two weeks after the application was submitted.
  6. It is the responsibility of the importer to read and comply with the conditions on the veterinary import permit. FTM
  7. After completion, return the form to 

    Director of Animal Health
    Private Bag X138
    Pretoria 0001

    or fax to:

    +011 27 12 329-8292 or 
    +011 27 12 329-8292 

    or email to:  VetPermits@daff.gov.za

  8. Original veterinary certificates must be made available at port of entry only and need not accompany this application, unless it is specifically requested.
  9. In the case of CITES species, certified copies of the CITES permit(s) must accompany the application.
  10. Proof of payment must accompany the application.
  11. If South Africa approves the import application, they will issue an import permit and provide the required veterinary health certificate which will detail the entry requirements.  Please share the import permit and veterinary health certificate with your USDA-accredited veterinarian as soon as you have received it. 
  12. U.S. origin DOGS entering South Africa are required to test negative for Trypanosoma evansi (surra).  
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Spain

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Sri Lanka

1. Application

The applicant should submit an online application form to the Director General, Department of Animal Production and Health (Contact, 0094 81 2388120 Ext 231), and should obtain Pre- Clearance Approval 4  (four) Sri Lankan working days prior to intended date of import.

2. Health Certificates

Health requirement for the importation of dogs into Sri Lanka are as follows.

International Veterinary Health Certificate

Issued by the Government Veterinary Authority in  the exporting country, attesting that;

  1. Dog Identity with a Microchip Number.
  2. Dog has been kept in the exporting country since birth or for the six (o6) months period immediately prior to export to Sri Lanka;
  3. The animal was found to be free of any infectious or any contagious diseases at the time of dispatch;
  4. The animal was not in contact with animals showing clinical sign of any infectious or contagious disease including Aujeszky's disease, Filariasis, Leptospirosis, Rabies, Canine distemper, Infectious hepatitis, Canine parvo virus infection, and Dermatomycosis for a period of minimum three (03) months immediately prior to embarkation;
  5. The exporting country of the animal is either free from rabies. If not, the origin of the animal is an area free from quarantine restrictions for rabies and not within a radius of 25 km from the nearest known case of rabies during the period of minimum six (06) months immediately prior to embarkation;

Blood Test Reports

  1. Negative test results for heartworm (Dirofilariaimmitis) with (ELISA/PCR//Knott’s) test done 7 days prior embarkation. If not the country free status declared a government veterinarian.
  2. Negative test results for blood parasites including Babesiosis and Leishmaniasis.

Vaccination Records

  1. Against Rabies using an anti-rabies vaccine conforming to the potency standard given by the World Health Organization (WHO), not less than thirty (30) days and not more than six (06) months immediately prior to embarkation; In case of puppies under the age of three (03) months, the dam of the animal had vaccinated not less than (30) days but not more than six (06) months prior to the birth of this animal;
  2. The animal was  vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Canine parvo virus infection using recognized vaccines,not less than twenty one (21) days and not more than four (04) months immediately prior to embarkation;

Parasitic Treatment Records

  1. The animal was  treated with a broad- spectrum anthelminthic recognized for its ability to eliminate internal helminths of dog, within seven (07) days prior to shipment
  2. The animal was treated for external parasites within seven (07) days immediately prior  to shipment using a reliable parasiticide.

3. Issuing Permits

Import permit is issued for the duly filled Application submit along with above indicated authenticated health certificates as attachments. The permit is valid for 90 days from the date of issue and it is issued free of charge.

4. Quarantine Inspection

  • Upon arrival of animals the importer should forward the originals of the International Veterinary Certificates fulfilling requirements stated in the section(2) of this document, to the Animal Quarantine Officer, Katunayake Airport;
  • Imported dogs/cats are subjected to quarantine inspection at the Airport. Samples will be taken for investigation; upon testing if the animal become positive for heartworm (Dirofilariaimmitis)the animal is subjected to destroy or reexport, decided by the Animal Quarantine Officer.
  • Imported dogs/cats will be subjected to an post-export quarantine or detain at the period of thirty days (30) in the "owners premises". For this purpose, the importer should sign the Quarantine Surveillance Agreement with the Animal Quarantine Officer, Katunayake, at the time of importation.
  • The exact location; address and the contact no. of the premises where imported dogs /cats intended to be kept,should be stated by the importer in the quarantine surveillance agreement.
  • Contact No.: 071 4468153 Dr. LD Kithsiri.   Animal Quarantine Officer, BandaranayakaInternational Air port, Katunayake.
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Sweden

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Switzerland

  • Microchip: Dogs, cats, and ferrets must be individually identified by microchip. Your pet should have an ISO compliant microchip that is 15 digits long. If your pet does not have an ISO compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader  OR contact the EU Veterinary Officials at the intended port of arrival to verify that they have a reader capable of reading your pet’s microchip. 
  • Rabies Vaccination: Must occur AFTER microchip implantation. The rabies vaccination may be administered the same day as the microchip implantation but any rabies vaccination implanted before a microchip is invalid.
    • Vaccinations valid for 1, 2 or 3 years are acceptable as long as the vaccination is current and has been administered according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
    • Vaccination must not expire before entering the European Union.
    • After a primary rabies vaccination, the pet must wait 21 days before it is eligible to enter the EU.
    • Pets less than 12 weeks old that have not been vaccinated for rabies as well as pets 12-16 weeks old who will have been rabies vaccinated for less than 21 days at the time they arrive in the EU are allowed entry into some EU Member States.
  • Health Certificate: Certificate must be issued within 10 days of entering the EU if the owner/designated person is traveling on the same plane as the pet OR traveling within 5 days before or after the pet. If neither the owner nor a designated person is traveling within 5 days of the pet the certificate must be issued within 48 hours of departing the U.S.
  • Endorsement: After your veterinarian has issued the Health Certificate, have your completed paperwork endorsed by your local APHIS Veterinary Services office.
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Taiwan

  1. The dog or cat to be imported shall have been at least 90 days old, implanted with a microchip, and vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days (but no more than 1 year) prior to shipment.
  2. The importer shall apply for an import permit and make a reservation of the post-entry quarantine space from animal quarantine authority at the port of entry at least 20 days prior to shipment by submitting the following documents:
    • Veterinarian issued rabies vaccination certificate
    • Civil identification card of the importer. If the importer is not a resident and thus not registered in Taiwan, the other personal identification documents shall be provided (e.g. passport). If you are traveling with a guide dog for the visually impaired, please have your guide dog certification available
    • Rabies antibody titer test results showing a titer of at least 0.5IU/mL
  3. On arrival of the dog or cat at the port of entry, the importer shall apply to the branch of BAPHIQ (animal quarantine authority) for quarantine inspection and submit the import permit, original veterinary certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, and bill of lading or customs declaration form. Importing a dog or cat without an original veterinary certificate in compliance with the above noted requirements shall be refused entry, or destroyed.
  4. When conducting the quarantine inspection, BAPHIQ(animal quarantine authority) will check the veterinary certificate and detain the dog or cat at the designated post-entry quarantine location for 21 days. During quarantine detention, the blood of the dog or cat will be sampled and tested again for rabies antibody. If the rabies antibody is under 0.5IU/mL, the dog or cat shall be revaccinated with an inactivated rabies vaccine.
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Thailand

For those who travel with pets and seek to pass them through Thailand, everything can be done at the port of entry by having these following required documents ready before arrival:

  • Form Rore. 1/1 (ร. 1/1) from Thai Department of Livestock Development
    To download an application form for Import/Export Animals/Animal Remains through Thailand, please click.
  • Health Certificate:
  1. An animal health certificate shall be issued by a USDA accredited veterinarian.
  2. A health certificate must be endorsed by USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services office prior to the pet’s departure.
  3. To locate a USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services office in your area, please visit www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/service-centers-endorsement-offices
  4. Since an endorsed health certificate will be valid for 10 days from the date signed/issued by the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services office, the pet’s owner shall travel with pets and arrive at the Suvarnnabhumi International Airport within 10 days after endorsement.
  • Proof of Vaccination:
    Pets must be vaccinated at least 21 days prior to their departure against these following viruses:
    Dog (5 Required Vaccines) – Rabies, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus
    ** A dog is subjected to tests for Leptospirosis with negative results during 30 days prior to departure **
    2. 
    Cat (2 Required Vaccines) – Rabies, Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV)
  • A Copy of the Pet Owner’s Passport

  • Pets must be at least 4 months old to be able to import into Thailand.

Please note that instructions are different for those not traveling with their pet. 

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Trinidad and Tobago

  • Apply for import permit at least one and half (11⁄2) months in advance before planned travel.

  • Ensure that you have an import permit before entering Trinidad.

  • Have your animal micro-chipped with the TROVAN or AVID or HOMEAGAIN microchip.

  • Requirements for animals NOT coming from Category 1 Countries

    • Have the animal vaccinated against Rabies.

    • Have a rabies blood test (FAVN or RFFT) done at least one (1) month after vaccination. This test must be done at an approved laboratory.(Original Laboratory Results must be attached to the application)

    • Please be advised that animals NOT coming from Category 1 and 2 Countries must apply for an import permit five months after the administering date of the rabies vaccination.

  • Ensure that you have all the necessary documents, as indicated on the import permit, before traveling.

  • Notify the Veterinary Officer, Quarantine, Veterinary Services, telephone (868) 662-5986 or (868) 642-0063 or (868) 642-0064 at least 48 hours before the scheduled time of arrival.

    For further information contact the office of the Chief Veterinary Officer at: -

Address: 80 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain
Phone: 868 625-5997; 625-1473
Fax: 868 625-5993
E-mail: aphmalmr@tstt.net.tt or aphmalmr@gmail.com

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Turkey

The documents necessary for the importation of pets into Turkey are as follows:

  1. A rabies vaccination certificate, which must be, issued not later than fifteen days prior to the entry.
  2. A “United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals” (Also called Form 7001)

If above documents are given by a accredited veterinarian OR if they are approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted by Turkish authorities, it is not necessary that the documents be legalized by the Turkish Embassy’s Consular Section or a Turkish Consulate General

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United Arab Emirates

Traveling to the UAE with a pet requires the following:

  • Original book of vaccinations
  • Original import permit or Re-Entry card for pets
  • Original authenticated health certificate from an official, approved body
  • Customs declaration or bill of lading
  • Original report for blood test for Rabies  (from requested countries according to governing decision).
  • Fee: 1,000 AED fee for request to release horses/dogs per head and 500 AED request to release domestic cats per head.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Issuance of Import permit prior to importation, issued through the MOCCAE web site (validity of permit is 30 days. It is not allowed to import pets with an expired import permit).
  2. Cats and dogs will shipped in the luggage compartment rather than with the  passengers and  according to IATA conditions for pet animal transport.
  3. The cats and dogs must be identified with a permanent microchip , and  the chip number in the health certificate must conform with the chip No. which the animal bears.
  4. The imported cats and dogs shall be accompanied with the following: 
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    Authorized health certificate issued from the competent veterinary authorities in line with model of health certificate. 
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     Vaccination document or passport which must include the animal microchip number , animal full description ( species – colour – sex – date of birth – any  other distinguished marks  ) and fully meet  all vaccinations in annex number (4)herein ,  and including vaccine name , manufacturing company , batch number , vaccination date , vaccine labels and any treatments given to the animal.
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     In case of import from a high risk Country,  Testing certificate from  a laboratory  approved by the competent authorities in the exporting country  done during a minimum period of 12 weeks and not more  than 12 months  prior to shipment date  showing that the animals have been subject to ( Antibody Titration Test) for rabies after a period not less than 21 days following the last date of basic ( Initial) vaccination or that was after a booster dose in a previous  valid vaccination period with a minimum level of ( IU/ml 0.5)  . This certificate can be substituted by recording the test result in the health certificate in paragraph 4-a of this article. .
  5.  The minimum age of an imported animal from the low risk countries will be 15 weeks in a condition that his age not less than 12 weeks when vaccinated and in accordance to the manufacturing company and minimum age of 27 weeks from the high risk countries.
  6.  Consignments of cats and dogs will be shipped directly from the exporting country and in case that the consignment will cross any other country , it must not mix with other pet animals during  transit and that will be attested in the annex of the health certificate
  7. In case an animal arrives from a high risk Country through a low risk Country of rabies , it must stay a minimum period of  6 months in the import country or undergoes the antibody Titration test for Rabies after a minimum period of 21 days following the last date of basic (initial) vaccination or was vaccinated during a pervious valid vaccine period  with a minimum level of ( IU/ml 0.5) .
  8. Cats and dogs must be transported in clean boxes or cages.
  9. Animal welfare Legislation and standards must be considered
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United Kingdom

You can enter or return to the UK with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:

The veterinary certificate must include the following information:

Check that the vet has filled in the following sections in the pet passport:

  • details of ownership - you must sign section I if your pet passport was issued on or after 29 December 2014
  • description of animal
  • marking or identification of animal
  • vaccination against rabies
  • rabies blood test (if needed)
  • details of the vet issuing the passport (for passports issued from 29 December 2014)
  • your dog’s tapeworm treatment (if needed)

Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.

Your pet may be put into quarantine for up to 4 months if you don’t follow these rules - or refused entry if you travelled by sea. You’re responsible for any fees or charges.

Please be advised that your pet must arrive in the UK no more than 5 days before or after you, or you’ll have to follow different rules.

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USA

You will need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued 30 days or less prior to entry.

Rabies vaccination is required for all dogs entering the United States from a country where rabies is present. Puppies must not be vaccinated against rabies before they’re 3 months old. So the youngest that a puppy can be imported into the United States is 4 months old.

Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least 30 days before arrival. Adult dogs older than 15 months of age that previously received a rabies vaccination given no earlier than 3 months of age and that has since expired may be imported immediately after booster vaccination, without the need to wait 30 days.

Dogs must be accompanied by a current, valid rabies vaccination certificate that includes the following information:

  • Name and address of owner
  • Breed, sex, age, color, markings, and other identifying information for the dog
  • Date of rabies vaccination and vaccine product information
  • Date the vaccination expires
  • Name, license number, address, and signature of veterinarian who administered the vaccination

These requirements apply to all dogs, including service animals such as guide dogs for the blind.

Some states may require other vaccinations and health certificates. Check with your destination state’s health department before traveling.

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Uruguay

To enter with your pet (dog or cat), you must come with an official certificate signed by the Ministry of Agriculture of your country of origin, issued within 10 days prior to the trip, stating:

  • Your pet is free of symptoms and signs of infectious and parasitic diseases.
  • Internal and external deworming where date and product applied.
  • Your pet has a current anti-rabies vaccination (stating the date of vaccination, type, series and brand of vaccine).
  • In the case of dogs, treatment against Tenia Echinococcus (Hydric Cyst) with an antiparasitic containing Praziquantel as an active ingredient within a minimum period of 72 hours and a maximum of 30 days prior to admission.
  • In the case of canines, Uruguay will NOT authorize the entry into its territory of animals previously diagnosed with Leishmaniosis.
  • Cost: There is no cost.

If your stay is less than 30 days, you can return with the same certificate, as long as it is valid, otherwise you will have to redo the certification.

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Venezuela

CERTIFICATION STATEMENTS

1. The dog/cat was examined and found to be healthy and free of any clinical signs of infectious disease.

  • Note: In general this examination should be conducted within 2 weeks of the departure date.

2. The animals were vaccinated against rabies.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Dogs:

1. See Certification Statement No. 2.

2. Animals over 4 months old must be vaccinated against rabies.

3. They need vaccination for distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus and parainfluenza virus.

Cats:

1. See Certification Statement No. 2.

2. They need vaccination for rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and pneumonitis.

OTHER INFORMATION

1. It is recommended that a Federal APHIS FORM 7001 be used.

2. The accompanying health certificate should be made out at least in duplicate.

3. The health certificate does NOT need to be signed by a Notary Public, nor does it need to be stamped by the Venezuelan Consular office.

4. Animals exported in commercial lot numbers must be accompanied by an import permit. Personal pet dogs or cats do not need an Import Permit.

5. The rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the health documents.

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Vietnam

To enter Vietnam, the following paperwork is needed:

  • Health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian from the departure country (note: these often need to be issued within a set amount of time before leaving the country)
  • Pet’s inoculation record
  • Vaccination certificate for rabies issued at least 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to travel to Vietnam
  • A photocopy of the first page of the passport of the pet owner
  • Import fee

Prior to the arrival in Vietnam, photocopies of the above complete documents, along with the arrival date and flight number on which the animal will arrive in Vietnam, should be sent to:

  • Animal Quarantine and Control Centre (Trung tâm kiểm dịch và kiểm soát động vật) 
    At: 521/1 Hoang Van Thu Street, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
    Telephone: (08) 81118 82 
    Fax: (08) 8119770

On arrival, the above documents must be presented at the immigration office at the airport in order to reclaim the pet.

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