Pet Travel

If you are traveling with your pet dog or cat, you’ll need to meet the animal health requirements of the country you are visiting. This often involves a health certificate, updating vaccinations, completing disease testing, and having your paperwork reviewed and endorsed by APHIS. Working with your veterinarian, find out what tests, vaccinations, paperwork, or inspections are required by your destination country AND when they must be completed. For information more information you can contact your local APHIS Veterinary Services Service Center.  

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The USDA has certain restrictions on the importation of dogs. Collies, shepherds, and other dogs that are imported from any part of the world except Canada, Mexico, and regions of Central America and the West Indies and that are to be used in the handling of livestock must be inspected and quarantined at the port of entry for a sufficient time to determine their freedom from tapeworm.

We also suggest you contact your State, county, municipal authorities for local restrictions on importing dogs. Some airlines require health certificates for dogs traveling with them. You should contact the airlines prior to your travel date.

The USDA defines pet birds as those that are imported for personal pleasure of their individual owners and are not intended for resale. Poultry, which includes pigeons and doves, are not considered pet birds.

International Air Transport Association.

Provides information on shipping your pet dog or cat, including container requirements, shipping recommendations, and specific country regulations.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The National Animal Health Program is responsible for establishing import requirements for animals and animal products coming into Canada, including pets. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has prepared basic guidelines for frequently imported pets and provides these on its web site.

UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (defra).

This site explains what you have to do to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into (or back into) the UK through the Pet Travel Scheme (or PETS for short) without putting it into quarantine.

It is against the law in Great Britain to possess certain types of dogs and meeting the requirements of PETS will not change that. Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 prohibits four types of dog:

- the Pit Bull terrier
- the Japanese tosa
- the Dogo Argentino
- the Fila Braziliero

If you bring one of these dogs into Great Britain, you could be prosecuted and the dog seized and destroyed.

Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Hawaii is a rabies free state. Importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii is governed by Chapter 4-29 of the State of Hawaii, Department of Agriculture Administrative Rules. This law says that these animals are required to complete a 120-day confinement in the State Animal Quarantine Station. If specific pre-arrival and post-arrival requirements are met, dogs and cats may qualify for a 5-day-or-less quarantine. The Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Information Brochure contains information about pre-arrival requirements, quarantine station locations and contacts, procedures, policies, rules, operations, and fees.