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USDA Animal Travel Info

Traveling from a foreign country with your pet can be time-consuming and complicated without using the right tools and following the right process. At Vet Sentry, we make the process of generating certificates of veterinary inspection faster and more efficient for the traveler.

Some important things you need to know before traveling with your pet to another country include:

  • The departure date from the U.S. and expected return date if needed

  • How the pet will be traveling – with a person in the plane’s cabin, in cargo, or alone

  • Check with the airline for their rules of travel with an animal

  • Rules for animal arrival required in the destination country

  • USDA rules for bringing the animal back if needed

  • U.S. rules for the State you are returning to as applicable. Some states require an eCVI in addition to the USDA Form 7001

Know the Destination Country Requirements

Every country establishes its own rules and regulations for pets or other animals entering its borders, and these can change at any time. Most countries require a veterinary health certificate for animals entering. The certificate may have an alternate name, depending on the specific country. It is important to learn in advance the specific requirements of the country you are traveling to with your pet. Most countries still require the USDA Form 7001, but if you can get their email in advance, you could also send them an eCVI along with the Form 7001 in advance.

If you intend to travel to foreign country with a pet bird or other exotic animal, you may have to meet the requirements of multiple agencies. This also holds true for when you return back to the United States. So always plan ahead to meet every requirement.

Know the Requirements of Airlines and Shipping Agencies

In addition to the state, federal, and local government requirements for transporting and traveling with pets, airlines and shipping companies have their own polices and requirements that must be followed. Always check with your representative from the airline or shipper to learn their requirements. Again, this also holds true when you need to bring your pet back into the Unites States. Plan ahead to avoid unnecessary hassles and surprises. Do this at least 30 days in advance!

Any failure to meet these requirements may cause difficulties with entering the destination country with your pet or animal.

At Vet Sentry, we facilitate the fast production of veterinary inspection certificates in PDF form. To learn more about the services we offer for veterinarians, call us today at 320.216.7617 or reach us by email at info@Vet-Sentry.com.

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