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. APHIS. Veterinary Services.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website is dedicated to international pet travel and helping travelers and accredited veterinarians easily determine country-specific requirements. 

USDA. APHIS. Animal Care.

Importing dogs into the United States for resale, whether through commercial sale or adoption, is now covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Congress added this section to the AWA in 2008 and APHIS published specific regulations (PDF | 1.58MB) in 2014.

CDC. Division of Global Migration & Quarantine.

Information on the importation of dogs, cats, turtles, monkeys and other animals and animal products capable of causing human disease.

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.