USDA International Health Certificates
A USDA Pet Health Certificate, also known as an International Health Certificate, is a document that certifies that your pet (dogs and cats) is in good health and fit to travel internationally. It is required by many countries as a condition of entry, and it must be issued by a licensed veterinarian and endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) before your pet can travel. If you are planning on traveling with your pet, it’s important to understand the requirements and process for obtaining a USDA Health Certificate.
To obtain a travel health certificate for cats and dogs, the pet must first undergo a physical examination by a licensed veterinarian. The veterinarian will check for any signs of illness or disease and ensure that the pet is up-to-date on all required vaccinations. Once the veterinarian has determined that the pet is healthy and fit to travel, they will complete the USDA Health Certificate and endorse it with their official seal.
The USDA Health Certificate must be completed and signed by the veterinarian within 10 days of the pet’s departure date. It must be accompanied by proof of vaccinations, such as vaccination records. The owner must also submit a copy of the pet’s rabies vaccination certificate, which must have been administered at least 30 days before the pet’s departure date.
It’s important to note that each country has its own requirements for pets entering its borders. Some countries may require additional vaccinations or testing, and the pet may be subject to quarantine upon arrival. It’s always best to check with the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit to determine their specific requirements.
The USDA Health Certificate is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance and must be presented to the airline or shipping company at the time of travel. It’s essential to keep a copy of the USDA Health Certificate with you during travel, as it may be required by customs officials or other authorities upon arrival.
A USDA Health Certificate, also known as an International Health Certificate, is a document that certifies that your pet (dogs and cats) is in good health and fit to travel internationally. Many countries require it as a condition of entry. It has to be issued by a licensed veterinarian and endorsed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) before your pet can travel. If you are planning on traveling with your furry companion, it’s necessary to understand the conditions and process for obtaining a USDA Health Certificate and confirm with the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit.
It’s important to note that improper or incomplete paperwork for your pet can derail your travel plans and end up costing you time and money. Garden City Veterinary Care wants to help simplify traveling with your pet.
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Before booking an appointment for your animal’s physical exam, it is your responsibility to:
- Check with the airline to find out within how many days of travel the certificate needs to be issued.
- For more information, visit the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website.
- Bring all up-to-date vaccination history.
APHIS Pet Travel
Learn about the requirements for your specific destination from the United States Department of Agriculture.
Here you can find deadlines, pricing, lists of destinations, restrictions, and more. This a must-read if you plan to bring your pet to us for a travel health certificate!
Have a safe and happy trip!