Whom should I contact in order to prepare travel arrangements?
- Your veterinarian
- The airline or travel company you’re using
- Your accommodations: hotel, motel, park, camping ground, or marina
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal & Plant Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (USDA)
- Foreign Consulate or Regulatory Agency (if traveling to another country)
What supplies should I have for my pet on my trip?
- Your veterinarian’s contact information
- List of veterinarians and 24-hour emergency hospitals along the way and close to your destination
- Identification (current color photo of your pet, ID tag including owners name, current address, contact phone number, Travel ID tag including owners name, address, contact phone number, accommodations contact information, microchip registration)
- Medical records
- Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate)
- Acclimation certificate for air travel (a form from your veterinarian to waive the low temperature Federal regulation as stated in the Animal Welfare Act – only some airlines require this form, so check with yours)
- Items for your pets (prescribed medications, collar, leash, harness, crate, bed/blankets, toys, food and cool, fresh water, food and water dishes, first aid kit for your pet)
Can I bring my pet out of the country with me?
Yes, but you must follow both the United States regulations as well as the regulations in the other country where you are traveling. You will need to contact the Consulate or Embassy in that country to find out their regulations. Some countries require months of preparation before you can leave, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to prepare and have all documents and medical requirements ready and available. International travel always requires a health certificate signed by a USDA certified veterinarian.
Enjoy these basic answers to common questions about traveling with your pets. The key is to PREPARE. Know what the USDA, your airline, or the country you’re traveling to will require. Your veterinarian aids and helps in smooth travels; however, you must know about required documents and what you need. When traveling abroad, learn the requirements 6 months in advance because some countries will require that amount of time to prepare. I hope this is helpful and you have happy, stress-free travels!