First Steps

First steps to take-Pet passport requirements



Are you ready to plan your next dream vacation?  Why not consider taking your pet? Did you know there are plenty of places you can go with your pet?  It breaks there heart to see you leave so why not include them in your traveling adventures.

Going almost anywhere in the world with your pet is relatively easy once you know the rules and policies in each country.  Do the research and plan for easiest way you can make your trip for both you and your pet.  Later I’ll tell you the places I’ve found that are pet friendly-from airlines to cruises to hotels.

Below are the steps that will need to be done first before you start packing.  It’s best to do all of these steps at least a month in advance.

Is your pet okay leave home?

I probably don’t need to say this to pet parents who already know just how sensitive their pets are. From meeting new people to finding themselves in completely new surroundings can be a bit much. For new owners, find out first if your new family member can handle being away from you for long periods of time. This will let you know if your pet can behave while you’re away from them.

Other factors to include are age, illness and injury. Comfort for your loved ones is very important. Talk to your veterinarian and find out if your pet is safe for travel. If they aren’t, then find a very reliable pet-sitter or ask your vet for information about local facilities that will take care them.

See the vet first

OK, so here are a bunch of things to get beforehand. Whether going from state to state or choosing to vacation internationally, getting all vaccinations and treatments done on time is very important. Certain countries have different rules and expectations. I’ll get into that in a different post.

Step one is placing a microchip implant. Particularly one that meets the International Society of Pharmacovigilance specifications. This will also include ID and travel tags that are up to date. Remember to include your name, address,and phone number on all forms of ID.

Step two is obtaining a series of vaccinations (must importantly Rabies), with sufficient time or evidence the vaccination is working. Europe requires a minimum of 21 days that the rabies shot be administered before travel. Other countries may differ so ask your local veterinarian for the proper procedures to follow. Your pets should also be treated for ticks, fleas and tapeworms between 24 and 48 hours before boarding. There is usually a time limit strictly enforced. expect about 24-48 hours before leaving.

Step three is having all your records in order. You’ll need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and depending on your method travel an Acclimation certificate for air travel. The health certificate confirms your pets fitness to travel and no obvious signs of disease. The second certificate waives the low temperature federal regulation. Look up the Animal Welfare Act for more information.

You’re also required to have all this done by a licensed accredited veterinarian. Work with your vet and tell them where you’re going. they will give you all the up to date regulations for your country of choice. Plus they will let you know if an additional endorsement from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service also needs to be in you records.

Pet passport requirements

First, service animals do not need any health certificates to travel.  The Department of Transportation (DoT), has rules that require airlines to allow passengers to fly with their service animals on all U.S. airlines.  Service animals working animals that assist persons with disabilities.

Everything you’ve done above puts you on the right track. The rest is way easier and you can do it any time you want. Have a full up to date description of pet. This includes a full color photo (here you should incorporate myself), contact information of your vet, and medical records.

Now keep in mind that a pet passport doesn’t look like yours.  It’s all the records you’ve gathered before boarding day.  I recommend getting a passport folder just to have everything in one place.

Do your research and plan accordingly

I’m assuming you’ve done all the research ahead of time.  You know the mode of transportation and all the policies that are in place.  You’ve done a complete thorough search on your accommodations.  Making sure they meet all of you’re expectations.

If you haven’t, then get to it!  Planning ahead relieves so much stress.  Plus you might end up coming up with an amazing adventure or finding a new way to reach total relaxation and tranquility.

One last run through

Remember this is about having fun with everyone in your family.  I know this seems like a lot but it will be worth it. follow the steps

1.Make sure your pet is okay with being in new surrounding.  If not, then make plans to leave in a safe place.

2.Get a passport folder. Have it ready for all documentation.

3. Have a color photo of your pet along with all contact information for you and your vet inside the folder.

4. Make sure your pets ID and travel tags are current and include your number and address. This will insure your loved one doesn’t end up in some veterinarian office.

5. Have a list of all local veterinarian offices in the area you will be at. It’s better to know where to go in case of emergencies.

5. Work with your veterinarian and make sure your pet is healthy and has microchip with contact information embedded.

6. Have medical records, Certificate of Health, Acclimation certificate-if traveling by air, and an USDA  APHIS – if necessary in folder.

7. Due your research. Now all the ins and outs of where you’re going.  What’s pet friendly or if your pet is even allowed.

In my next posts I’ll talk about pet carrier guidelines.

Please comment below if you have any questions


  1. Nice information! Actually I am also thinking of bringing my pets in some of my vacation but then concerns are growing like the travel requirements. Learned something new again!


  2. Very interesting read. I never know a pet would need a passport for out of country travel. I have cats and never considered taking them on any international travel with me, but I can definitely understand dog owners wanting to.

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