Paws and passports: A guide to travelling abroad with pets

Paws and Passports: A Guide to Travelling Abroad with Pets

Taking pets abroad involves several steps to ensure their well-being and adherence to legal compliance. Below are a few general guidelines, but it’s essential to check the specific requirements of the destination country as regulations may vary.

 

Microchipping:

Ensure your pet is microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip. Make sure the microchip is registered with your contact details.

 

Pet passport:

Obtain a pet passport from a registered veterinarian. This document includes your pet’s identification information, vaccination records and health certificates.

 

Vaccinations:

Make sure your pet is up-to-date on all required vaccinations. A rabies vaccination is usually mandatory, and it must be administered at least 21 days before travel.

 

Health certificate:

Obtain an accredited veterinarian-signed health certificate. This certificate verifies that your pet is in good health and fit for travel. Some countries require this certificate to be issued within a specific time frame before departure.

 

Destination country requirements:

Research and understand the specific requirements of the destination country. This may include quarantine periods, additional vaccinations, or specific health checks.

 

International travel crates:

Invest in an IATA-approved travel crate that meets the airline and destination country’s regulations. The crate should be well-ventilated, sturdy, and appropriately sized for your pet.

 

Airline regulations:

Choose an airline that is pet-friendly and complies with international pet transportation regulations. Some airlines have specific requirements and restrictions for pet travel.

 

Book in advance:

Inform the airline about your intention to travel with a pet. Airlines have limitations on the number of pets allowed on each flight, so booking early is essential. 

 

Customs and documentation:

Familiarise yourself with the customs regulations of the destination country. Be prepared to provide the necessary documentation, pay any required fees, and follow customs procedures upon arrival.

 

Pet-friendly accommodation:

If you’re relocating permanently, ensure your new residence is pet-friendly. Check local regulations and find suitable accommodation that welcomes pets.

 

Professional pet relocation services:

Consider hiring a professional pet relocation service that specialises in international pet transport. They can assist with paperwork and logistics while ensuring compliance with legal regulations.

Always double-check the specific requirements of the destination country and consult with your veterinarian to ensure a smooth and stress-free journey for you and your pets. Keep in mind that regulations may change, so staying informed is crucial.

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