Getting your dog or cat safely onto a plane requires some thoughtful planning.
We all know that a pet is for life and when we take on the responsibility of our furry family that means taking them with us when we move home and in some cases country. Travelling with pets is becoming increasingly popular as international quarantine requirements are easing (in many countries there is no quarantine) and airlines are improving their services for pet owners.
Importing and Exporting your pet from Vietnam can at first appear to be both incredibly complicated and costly. Fortunately, the process can go smoothly with a little advance planning and investigation of the requirements.
Here we’ll give a brief overview of some of the options available to take your cat or dog into or out of Vietnam – whether for a holiday or permanently.
Air travel is, in most cases, a safe way to transport your pet – so long as they have been thoroughly examined by your veterinarian for pre-existing problems.
Most animals also accept plane transport very well, especially if they have been introduced to the travel box well in advance so the experience doesn’t come across as such as shock. It’s generally advised NOT to sedate your pet for travel as this can cause dangerous changes in both heart and breathing rate.
In all situations, it’s important that you purchase an IPATA- approved travel crate for your pet. We know it’s cheaper to buy a crate at the local market but unfortunately, these often get refused at the point of boarding – creating a very stressful situation!
Travelling internationally requires health certification by your vet, a full vaccination history (including rabies) and for most countries a Microchip.
It’s strongly recommended to start the process for travel as far in advance as possible: 3-6 months before travel would be the minimum time to get all the documents in order.
Most countries require specific tests for your pet before they will be accepted – mainly targeted at Rabies. This blood test must be submitted to an approved laboratory and carry the signature of a certified veterinary surgeon. In addition, some countries require Heartworm, Erlichia (Tick Fever) and Brucella tests.
Besides, your pet must be more than 3 months old before travelling to ensure that all their vaccinations are valid.
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