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KAT is an animal welfare organization that helps stray dogs like Lucy in Kathmandu, Nepal
Lucy before treatment

The KAT Centre rescues and helps animals like Lucy in Kathmandu, Nepal
Lucy after treatment

How to Bring a Pet to
Another Country

If you may want to transport a dog or cat to another country in the future, please get a pet passport from your vet as soon as possible. It will contain records of all the pet’s vaccinations and his tattoo or microchip number. Even if you don’t have this, keep records of the dates of all vaccinations and treatment for your pet.

How to transport a dog to a different country and more about pet travelDifferent countries have different rules about importing dogs and cats. Please contact embassies of the countries you plan to travel to and from. You can also visit the countries' official government websites and contact an expert in international pet travel (who you can find through an online search).

Learn about the rules of the airlines that fly to where your pet will go. Different airlines may have very different regulations and costs for transporting a pet. They may require certain vaccinations, health certificates, and other documents, and many airlines require all the documentation to be in English.

Start planning very early. Some countries require lab tests to be done at least six months before your cat or dog travels to the country. The labs that are approved to do the tests are only in certain countries, so you may need extra time and money to send blood tests to another country.

If you plan to leave Nepal but you need to leave your pet behind, please contact the KAT Centre. We sometimes know someone who is living in Nepal for months or years and wants to have a dog or cat while they’re here.

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Transporting a dog or cat to a specific country

Dog travel, cat travel, and how to transport a pet to another countryPlease only use this as a general introduction to pet travel. Additional vaccinations, lab tests, and/or documents may be needed that aren't listed here. The KAT Centre is not responsible if any of this information is incorrect or outdated.

Read about trasnsporting your pet to:
Most Countries in the European Union
United States
United Kingdom
Nepal

More information is at websites such as PetTravel.com and PetRelocation.com.

 
Most Countries in the European Union

Your pet needs a microchip. Keep the documentation for this.

Dogs must be vaccinated for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis, and rabies, less than 12 months and more than 4 weeks before entering the E.U.

Cats must be vaccinated for feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and rabies, less than 12 months and more than 4 weeks before entering the E.U.

After the microchip, your pet needs a rabies vaccination and certificate. The certificate should say the date of the vaccination, the microchip number, and the number of years that the vaccine is valid.

Less than 4 months before the pet travels to the E.U., ask your veterinarian to complete an E.U. Vet Health Certificate.

You also need all the documents above to be formally approved by the government of the country you're transporting the pet from.

Less than 10 days before the cat or dog is transported, your vet must check their health and give you an International Health Certificate.

The original documents must travel with the animal, along with copies of the pet owner's passport and flight itinerary.

Visit the E.U. government's website for more information.

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United States

Your pet will need a rabies vaccination and certificate at least 30 days before entering the U.S, except for puppies younger than 3 months and dogs who have spent the last 6 months in areas without rabies.

Less than 10 days before the cat or dog travels to the U.S., your veterinarian must complete in International Health Certificate, which says your pet is in good health.

How to bring a dog to the U.S.If you transport a pet as cargo (not as your excess baggage), you must work with an approved agent in the country she flies from. This may be difficult in remote countries. Read how to find an approved agent.

Visit the U.S. State Department's website for more information. You can also check the websites of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), and U.S. Customs and Border Control.

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United Kingdom

Note: the UK's rules about importing pets are changing. Please check the relevant government web pages or contact a British embassy for the lastest information.

Your pet needs a microchip. Keep the documentation for this.

Ask your veterinarian for a letter typed on the vet's letterhead which says the microchip number, the date it was implanted, and the animal's name, breed, sex, and age.

After the microchip, your dog or cat needs a rabies vaccination and certificate. The certificate should say the date of the vaccination, the microchip number, and the number of years that the vaccine is valid.

You need to get a rabies titer test from an approved lab to ensure the vaccine is working. Your pet can only travel to the U.K. more than 6 months after the blood was drawn for the rabies titer test.

Less than 4 months before you transport the dog or cat, ask your vet to complete an E.U. Veterinary Health Certificate.

You also need all the documents above to be formally approved by the government of the country you're traveling from.

24 to 48 hours before your pet travels, your vet must check your animal's health and give you an International Health Certificate.

Visit the U.K. government's website for more information.

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How to bring a pet to the U.K., E.U., and NepalNepal

Your pet must get a rabies vaccination less than 12 months and more than 30 days before traveling to Nepal.

Get an official health certificate from your veterinarian, which says your pet is healthy and vaccinated for rabies. It should say the date of the latest rabies vaccine.

Contact a Nepali embassy for more information.

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