Written by Dr. Mark Kummer
Canada by car: All pets greater than 3-months of age must be accompanied by a current Rabies vaccination certificate. No health certificate is needed. Remember, also, that all individuals over 16 must have a passport or passport card when crossing the border by car. Children travelling by car may utilize alternate documentation, check http://travel.state.gov/ for more details.
Alaskan Ferry: All pets must have a current Rabies vaccination certificate (if over 3-mos of age), AND a health certificate issued at a veterinary exam within 10 days of travel (regardless of age). Pets will be turned-away from the Ferry without these documents. Last minute ferry travelers may contact us for emergency health certificate exams.
Airline Travel: Requirements same as for Alaskan Ferry, plus a “Certificate of Acclimation” (issued at time of health certificate). If pets are going to be in the pressurized cargo hold, we recommend minimizing layovers, and flying at cool times of day. Sedatives can help minimize stress in some animals, but the need and risks should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Hawaii: The great news is that quarantine can now be completely avoided when importing pets to Hawaii. But, numerous steps, requiring at least 4-5 months advanced planning are needed to accomplish “Direct Airport Release.” We are quite familiar with these regulations and are happy to assist you in this process. More information is available at: www.hdoa.hawaii.gov
Mexico: All pets must have a current Rabies vaccination certificate (if over 3-mos of age), AND a health certificate issued at a veterinary exam within 10 days of travel (regardless of age). While we are frequently told, “they never even asked to see my paperwork,” we strongly advise having these documents with you to prevent being denied entry!
Europe and Elsewhere: Requirements for importation to other countries around the world vary significantly and can be quite complicated. Advanced-planning (starting preparation 5-6 months prior to travel) is highly recommended to ensure all steps are accomplished. We are happy to help you investigate these requirements. Professional pet-importation services are also available.