International Health Certificates


Certain countries have different requirements for the importation of pets. They may also require certain vaccines and even a microchip, so it's important to fully understand what you'll need for travel, especially for international travel. You can find a full list of requirements for the import of pets into a foreign country at APHIS' website. 

We currently have three doctors who are certified by the USDA to issues health certificates for both domestic and international travel. Dr. Evans and Dr. Hines out of our Russell Ridge location and Dr. Reiss out of our Camden Village location are all USDA Accredited Veterinarians.  Only a USDA Accredited Veterinarian can issue an International Health Certificate, however, any veterinarian can perform the needed vaccines or tests. 

If you know you will be traveling with your pet into another country, make sure to get started on the paperwork as soon as possible. Certain countries require tests, such as the FAVN test, that can take up to a month to get the results back. 

After scheduling your appointment for an International Health Certificate, make sure to prepare for your visit.

  • Please bring any other records you may have. It's a good idea to make extra copies and keep them on hand during your travels. 
  • Make sure you are aware of the requirements for the country you will be traveling to. We don't keep a reference on hand so it is up to you to be aware of them. If the requirements are not met, you may be denied entry or your pet quarantined at the border. 
  • Leave enough time for any vaccines, microchipping and paperwork you'll need. The certificate is required within 10 days of travel and needs to be overnighted and signed by the USDA before traveling. You can not apply for a certificate on the day before or of international travel. 

Traveling with your pet can be an exciting time, but you want to make sure you are thoroughly prepared for everything! We've compiled a number of different resources for tips on traveling with your pet on our page, Traveling with Your Pet.

If you have any other questions, please contact us! We are more than happy to help. Safe travels!