How To Travel Overseas With a Pet

Travelling internationally with a pet isn’t easy. It’s a lot of work. Pets need more attention than humans do. And, at times it can get stressful and may hamper with your plans. If you’re planning to fly with your pet (dog or cat), and wandering whether it’s safe or not to bring your pet, we think it’s safe as long as you do some homework beforehand. This article covers you for the same.

Confirm with the Flight Service Provider or the Airline

First things first. Check with your airline whether they allow to fly with your pet. If you haven’t made the bookings as yet, choose the pet-friendly airline. Each airline has its own rules about size, age, and documentation. And, the documentation differs from pets to pets. You will be required to pay a fee for flying with your pet in the cargo hold. Your airline may also ask for your pet’s medical history before getting onboard. The get all the information in detail it’s better to contact your airline directly.

Pet Passport and paperwork

All countries require documentation of your pet’s medical record. A passport is a good way to document all list the record. A pet passport is no different than a human’s. It provides all the important information for travelling overseas. It also includes information like vaccinations, and other health issues. These documents are health certificates of your pet and can be obtained from your vet.For instance, your cat or dog must have rabies vaccination on record. This is because some countries do not allow if this isn’t there on the records.

Get your Vet’s Signature

Just before you travel dates, you will have to meet with your vet to get health certificates signed because are required by airlines and destination country. This may vary from country to country. Some countries accept a basic letterhead from a licensed vet, while others ask for original signatures from a USDA-accredited vet. You should also consult with your vet on how to minimize the stress of your pet. Travelling overseas will require your pet to adapt to climatic changes. Just to be extra careful, we recommend buying an international SIM card so that you can get in touch with your vet just in case if anything goes health wise with your pet overseas.

Buy a Pet Travel Insurance

An excellent way to plan your pet’s well being is to purchase health insurance. If you already have a health insurance, great. Based on your needs, it might be safe to purchase a plan and protect your pet from unexpected problems like accidents or getting lost.  

Pet microchip and vaccination

Though each country has different regulations, most of the countries ask your pet to be implanted with microchip. A microchip is a 15 digit, non-encrypted chip. Also, your pet must be vaccinated for rabies at least 3o days prior to entering the destination country. Please note that pets that have been previously vaccinated but does not have a microchip must be vaccinated for rabies one more time after the chip is implanted.

Research import and quarantine rules

Though every country has its own rules, there are a set of things that are generally prevalent and you can expect: 

  • An import permit for the country you’re traveling to
  • Many countries allow pets like dogs and cats but may restrict the entry of birds, rabbits, ferrets, and other pets. 
  • Some countries have restrictions for certain breed of dogs and cats
  • You will also be required to research on the arrival procedures. Like, you may have to enter a specific with your dog or cat. A few countries have mandatory quarantine periods, while others impose quarantine if you don’t meet their entry requirements.

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