Health Certificate Information:
for Overseas Travel with Your Pet


A Guide to Traveling with your pet from the United States to a foreign country (Export)

For information on traveling with your pet to Territories and Protectorates (Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Somoa, Virgin Islands...) please visit: https://pettravel.com/immigration/Guam.cfm


Please note: Not all animals qualify as pets

When traveling with your pet(s), there may be animal health requirements specific for that destination. As soon as you know your travel details, contact a local APHIS accredited veterinarian to assist with the pet travel process.

Factors to consider may include meeting time frames for obtaining a health certificate, updating vaccinations, diagnostic testing, or administration of medications/ treatments.


Your destination country may have specific health requirements that must be met before your pet can enter the country. Since export requirements are determined by each country and can change frequently, every time you plan pet travel you will need to verify the export requirements.

Please note that airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any.


Steps to Obtain an International Health Certificate for Pets

Pet Travel to a foreign country can be complex and time-consuming. Before you start the process, you will need to know the type of animal traveling, the country of destination, the date of departure from the U.S., and whether or not the pet will be traveling alone, as cargo, or with a person in the cabin of the plane.

  1. Determine when the pet will be traveling and what the country of destination will be.
  2. Work with the pet’s veterinarian to determine the destination country’s requirements, including any necessary vaccinations, tests, and/ or treatments. We recommend creating a schedule to make sure all requirements are met within the specified timeframes.

Some countries may require:

  • Timeframes that must be met for vaccinations, tests, and/ or treatments
  • Import permits or other pre-travel approval
  • Extensive pre-travel waiting periods

o If the destination country requires the pet’s health certificate to be endorsed (counter-signed and embossed/ stamped) by APHIS after it has been issued by a veterinarian, the veterinarian issuing the pet’s health certificate must be a .

3. Have the pet’s veterinarian issue the health certificate within the validity period set by the destination country.

o The certificate validity period (time frame a certificate can be used for your pet to travel) will be stated in the health certificate or on the Pet Travel Website.

􏰀 To ensure there is time to complete the entire pre-travel process, APHIS recommends having the pet’s health certificate issued as soon as allowed per the destination country.

4. When APHIS endorsement of the health certificate is required, the pet’s health certificate must be submitted to an after it has been issued by the pet’s veterinarian.

o will apply to endorsement.
o Contact your local for more information about endorsement services provided at each location.

􏰀 In general, there are two methods of acquiring endorsement of a health certificate:

1. Mailing (USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL)
OR
2. In-person (appointment or walk in, office dependent)

5. Once the pet’s health certificate has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by APHIS (when required), finish any outstanding requirements.

o Some countries allow treatments to be completed after endorsement.
􏰀 For example, tapeworm treatment for dogs traveling to Finland, Ireland,

Norway, UK.
o Some countries require consulate approval or pre-notification.

6. The pet may travel!

o Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any.

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Checklist for Obtaining an International Health Certificate for Pets

****Please note that preparing for travel to some countries can take months.**** Do not wait till the last minute!

1. Information your veterinarian needs to know before completing your pet’s international health certificate:

a. Where is your pet going (destination country)? ____________________________ If you are traveling to the European Union, Norway, or Switzerland, who will be traveling with the pet? (Check one)

The owner
A person authorized by the owner
No one
A pet transport company is transporting the pet

b. What is the address in the destination country where your pet will be staying? _______________________________________________________________
c. What date is your pet leaving the United States? ________________________ d. When are you and your pet arriving in the destination country?

• You: _______________
• Your pet(s): ________________

e. What type of pet will be traveling? (Check all that apply)

Dog Cat Ferret

Pet Birds (other than chickens, doves, ducks, geese, grouse, guinea fowl, partridges, pea fowl, pheasants, pigeons, quail, swans, and turkeys)

Rodent Hedgehog/tenrec Rabbit
Reptile Amphibian

2. Work with your veterinarian to answer the following questions. Please consult the APHIS pet travel website for this information.

a. What type of health certificate is required? (Check one)

A country-specific health certificate
A generic pet certificate (ex. APHIS 7001)

b. Is a microchip required?
Yes or No (check one)

If yes, is a specific type of microchip required? Yes No (check one)

If yes, list the name. _________________________
c. What vaccines does your destination country require? When must the vaccines be given? (Use table) List vaccine names and when they must be given

NOTE: You must have rabies vaccine certificates for all rabies vaccinations documented on the health certificate. These vaccination certificates will be required by the USDA at the time of health certificate endorsement.

d. Are any laboratory tests required by your destination country?

2. Work with your veterinarian to answer the following questions. Please consult the APHIS pet travel website for this information.

a. What type of health certificate is required? (Check one)

A country-specific health certificate
A generic pet certificate (ex. APHIS 7001)

b. Is a microchip required?
Yes or No (check one)

If yes, is a specific type of microchip required? Yes No (check one)

If yes, list the name. _________________________
c. What vaccines does your destination country require? When must the vaccines be given?


List vaccine names and when they must be given

____________________________________

____________________________________

____________________________________

____________________________________


NOTE: You must have rabies vaccine certificates for all rabies vaccinations documented on the health certificate. These vaccination certificates will be required by the USDA at the time of health certificate endorsement


d. Are any laboratory tests required by your destination country? yes/no


If yes, what tests are required and when must these samples be collected? (Note: The sample MUST be collected within the testing timeframe required by your destination country. Some tests may take a long time for the results to be returned and/or some countries require a waiting period after testing and before entry into the destination country.)


List laboratory test names/diseases and when they must be given

___________________________________

___________________________________

___________________________________

___________________________________


e. Are any treatments required by your destination country? yes/no


List treatments and when they must be given

___________________________________

___________________________________

___________________________________

___________________________________


f. When must a physical exam of the pet(s) be performed prior to travel?

__________________________________________________________
g. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they have, if any. Airlines may have separate and additional requirements from those of your destination country.

h. If you intend to bring your pet back into the U.S., there may be certain re-entry requirements, depending on where you traveled. You should plan for them now. See the pet import section for details.

3. Work with your veterinarian to complete all required paperwork. Please consult our APHIS pet travel website to access the required certificate/form, when available.

4. After your health certificate has been completed, signed, and dated by your veterinarian, most countries require that international health certificates be submitted to a USDA APHIS Veterinary Services office for endorsement. Some offices offer to review health certificates prior to submission. Please work with your endorsing USDA office to determine your options for paperwork review and/or submission.

5. Travel with your pet.



USDA-APHIS-National Import Export Services

1550 Irving Street, SW, St

Tumwater, WA 98512


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