If you are planning to bring your lovely pets especially dogs to your travel for work, vacation, or to start living in another country you must study a lot to be prepared. Below are some key points that can help you with the process. Pet Passport 101: Process, Requirements, and Cost!
Are you a fur parent and you travel a lot? Leaving your lovely pets for work, vacation, or moving out to live in other city or country is something that most fur parent doesn’t feel good. Even how much you want to bring your lovely pets with you some fur parent doesn’t what to do. Traveling with pets is not that easy especially if you need to cross the border (meaning go from one country to another), there is so much paperwork you must do before you can exit and enter the country such as a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate), Rabies vaccination certificate, and more. But as a true loving fur parent, if you really love your pet and you want him to be with you everywhere there is nothing that can stop you.
Note: Each country has different rules and requirements to export and import animals, the documents will also vary between pet species.
What is Pet Passport?
A pet passport is a collection of documents such as health status, vaccination record (rabies, DHPP, and more), microchip certificates, import permits, FAVN test results, etc. All those documents must be issued in your origination country by a licensed veterinarian.
Those are some examples of documents that are required for your pet to exit your country and enter your destination country when traveling internationally.
How to Get Pet Passport?
The following are the 4 basic step of how to get pet passport.
Step 1: Research Pet Passport Requirements
The process of getting a pet passport varies by country. It is better to talk to your veterinary or animal health authority in your city for complete information.
You have to know that every destination has different regulations so before you fly out make sure to know what are documents your lovely pets will need to travel to your specific city or country. You also need to know what is the requirements of the airline or any travel company that you will be taking to accept your pet to travel.
Step 2: Consult a Vet
Again depending on your exit and destination country and the airline that you are taking the requirements that you need to get by your vet will vary. Some common required procedure that your vet will conduct before letting your lovely pets go on travel are the following:
- Full health check-up
- Update vaccines such as rabies, DHPP, etc.
- Blood tests to show the vaccine has been effective
- Microchipping for identification
- Flea, tick, and parasite prevention or removal if have
If you can and if necessary ask for health and other certificates to prove your pets pass all the requirements needed in your vet.
Step 3: Get Certificate
After your vet conducts all the necessary health checks and prevention to keep and make sure your lovely pets are healthy to travel the veterinarian will issue a health certificate as proof.
Some countries and airlines require you to have the certificate endorsed by the USDA. Usually, this requires you to send it in by mail or courier. However, you may be able to drop it off in person with an appointment. Contact your local USDA veterinary service center location for assistance. You can find the closest one here. This office is also an excellent resource for you and your vet if you have questions during the process.
Step 4: Returning Home
Leaving or exiting the country with your lovely pets needs a lot of works, it is also the same in returning or coming home. Like on leaving the country each country has its own rules in accepting the returning or coming home pets, the requirements will also vary depending on the type of pets (ex. dog, cat, etc.).
Make sure to do your homework before leaving and returning to the country to make your travel with your lovely pets smooth, easy, and stress-free.
What is the Requirement in Getting Pet Passport?
Again depending on your exit and destination country and the airline that you are taking the requirements that you need to get will vary. If you are in the USA look up your destination country’s regulations on the USDA website. Then, contact the country’s embassy or consulate in Washington, DC to verify.
Pet Passport Requirements for Some Popular Countries:
You can enter or return to Great Britain with your pet cat, dog or ferret if it:
- has been microchipped
- has a pet passport or health certificate
- has been vaccinated against rabies – it will also need a blood test if you’re traveling from an country that is not ‘listed’
Dogs must also usually have a tapeworm treatment.
For movement between EU countries or 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.
If you are traveling with a pet to Canada, you will need the right paperwork at the border to meet Canada’s import requirements. Each pet needs specific requirements so check carefully the rules.
Requirements for Airlines and Shipping Companies
Each airline and shipping companies have their own requirements but most airlines require your pet’s health certificate to have been issued no longer than 10 days before travel. Some are even stricter. As with your destination country, research the requirements and then call to verify.
How Much Will it Cost to Get Pet Passport?
Depending on where country you are residing pet passport prices are different, contact your country’s Bureau Animal and Industry to ask where you can get it and how much will it cost.