International Pet Travel

*Service available for current clients only.*

First Step: Schedule Appointment

USDA Accredited Veterinarians

Our team includes USDA Accredited Veterinarians. If you’re taking a trip out of the country and want to take your pet with you, you must get a travel certificate for your pet. This requires a health exam by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian as well as a significant amount of paperwork and health requirements. You will work with the USDA Accredited Veterinarian to be sure you have what you need.

First Step

The first visit should be made as soon as you know the destination(s) and the requirements of the country/countries of destination. Some countries have requirements that take 3 to 6 months of preparation. These are requirements that your USDA Accredited Veterinarian will review with you at the appointment to be sure everything is completely with plenty of time to spare.

Second Step: Client Preparation

Client Preparation

  • Research requirements of the country your pet is traveling to
  • Research requirements of the airline your pet is traveling with
  • APHIS USDA website
  • Go to Imports/Exports
  • Under “Exporting from U.S” select “International Animal Export Regulations”
  • Under “Live Animals” select the destination country
  • Go to the consulate of the country of destination to find the requirements
  • Useful information can also be found on

Call the USDA/APHIS office to find out the procedure for endorsement and the cost.

APHIS Office
400 North 8th St, Suite 726
Richmond VA 23219-4824

Phone: 804-343-2560

Third Step: Attend Appointment #1 (60 Minutes)

  1. Complete International Health Certificate Agreement and Form: HERE
  2. Bring Pet
  3. Bring Country of Destination specific requirements (printed)
  4. Bring Country of Destination required additional forms (printed)
  5. Bring current rabies certificate
  6. Bring proof of vaccinations
  7. Locate your local USDA endorsement office and determine appropriate fees required for completion of your health certificate
  8. Determine any additional airline requirements and/or forms to be completed
  9. Pay International Health Certificate Exam and Paperwork Fee

Fourth Step: Attend Appointment #2

  1. Bring pet
  2. Bring Current Rabies Certificate

Fifth Step: Mail Forms to APHIS

  • Instructions should have been given from calling APHIS, but typically this is the process:
  • Mail the following forms FedEx one day mail after second vet visit:
  • International Health Certificate (APHIS 7001)
  • Veterinary Certificate Bilingual or other forms required from country
  • Current Rabies Certificate
  • Return Envelope with Postage
  • Check with fee required by APHIS
  • Typical turnaround time for the forms is very quick (1-2 days)