Vet Costs and USDA Fees

If you’re planning to travel internationally with your dog, there are a few fees you’ll be expected to pay. Here’s a round up of travel costs you might encounter.

*Please note that these are the costs for someone traveling from the United States to a foreign destination.

Vet Costs

Visiting a veterinarian is a vital and necessary part of international travel. Your vet will provide you with a confirmation of your pets health, as well as the documentation that will allow entry into the destination state, territory, or country. We recommend calling your vet well before your travel date to figure out what your dog needs before travel, and to schedule an appointment. 

Vet Costs

Required Costs:

You will have to book a general appointment with your vet. This will give the vet a chance to confirm your pets health and give the green light on flying. General vet appointments vary widely depending on your geographic location and the veterinarian. They can cost anywhere from $35 to over $100.

Most countries require that a health certificate be presented, that must be signed by an accredited veterinarian after examining your pet. The vet must verify that your pup is healthy and satisfies all import requirements.  International travel often requires USDA endorsement of the certificate. Vets typically charge anywhere from $20 – $150 to fill out this form.

Extra Costs:

  • Most countries require certain vaccinations upon entry. If your pup does not have them, or is not up to date, you’ll have to pay your vet to administer. 
  • If your pup hasn’t had a check up in awhile, blood work may be required.
  • Some countries require dogs to have microchips. If your pup doesn’t have one, they will need one implanted.
  • Your vet might want to administer a heartworm test.
  • Any extra medications needed, like heartworm medicine, allergy medicine, or your pups normal prescription.  


International travel often requires the United States Division of Agriculture (USDA) to endorse a health certificate provided by the destination country. This needs to be done before traveling, and presented upon entry to your destination, and oftentimes to your airline when checking in.   

Fees are based on the number of tests required by the destination country and the number of animals on a certificate. If a country ONLY requires vaccinations, the fee is $38 per certificate. If testing is involved, then charges go up. Click here for more details.


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