Travel/Export of Dogs, Cats, and Pet Birds From Florida to Other States, Territories or Foreign Countries Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to travel with my pet dog, cat or pet bird to another state?
- How can I find out what I need to travel with or ship my dog, cat or pet bird to another country?
What do I need to travel with my pet dog, cat or pet bird to
Most states require a
- health examination and health certificate completed within 30 days prior to entry, signed by a Florida licensed and federally accredited veterinarian.
- Requirements for current rabies immunization for dogs and cats may vary from state to state.
You or your veterinarian can obtain up-to-date import information from
State Veterinarian’s offices – CALL them for any recent changes! A current
listing can be found at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/
Special requirements for quarantine are necessary if traveling to Hawaii – procedures
to minimize the quarantine period requires testing for rabies immunity,
and details can be found at http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info.
It is also recommended to check well in advance with commercial air, train or ship travel companies that you intend to use, for any applications, fees and paperwork they may require.
How can I find out what I need to travel with or ship my dog,
cat or pet bird to another country?
You will need to meet the requirements of the country of destination (or travel), which may include:
- an application for import approved by their consulate,
- an international health certificate from a Florida-licensed and accredited veterinarian,
- possible testing and vaccinations, and
- endorsement of papers by USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services veterinarian.
Information can be found at the USDA Export website:
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_exports_pets.shtml, but your best source of assistance in Florida is to call the USDA/APHIS/VS Area Office in Gainesville, 352-313-3060, or the USDA Import/Export Center in Miami at 305-526-2926.
For dogs and cats, arrangements and paperwork for travel to rabies-free countries, such as the United Kingdom, may take 6 months or longer, and may include, but not be limited to:
- rabies testing, and
- special import application, to avoid lengthy quarantine requirements. It is important to also check with your airline or cruise line for special requirements well in advance of expected travel.
Pet birds may require quarantine at ports of exit/entry, which may require fees and advance reservations.
Last Updated: November 5, 2009