International Travel With Pets

If you’re a pet owner that happens to love traveling, then you’ll understand how difficult it is to leave your fur-children behind. For shorter trips, it’s feasible to entrust the well-being of your pet to a family member or trustworthy friend, but what do you do if you are going away for an extended period of time? Your only option might be to take them along with you on international travel!Preparing a cat or dog for international travel by air can be a confusing and lengthy process. Not only that, it is quite expensive so you want to get everything right on the first try. A few years ago, I brought my dog with me from Canada to South Korea for a 6-month long trip. If you are flying with a pet internationally, you will likely need the following:

  • Microchip implanted in the animal. Must be ISO compliant (11784 or 11785)
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • TITRE test of5lU/ml (antibody test for rabies)
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Kennel approved for airline travel

Microchip and Rabies Vaccine

If your pet is not already microchipped, you will need to do so BEFORE the veterinarian administers the rabies vaccine. This is important because the identification needs to match the records on the health certificate. Your vet will likely tell you this, especially if they know you intend to fly with your pet.

Something to consider for trip planning is the timing of all your pet’s vaccinations. If your cat or dog is not up to date with rabies vaccines, you may need to wait 4 weeks before drawing blood for the TITRE test. The TITRE test could also take between 4-6 weeks to come back with results, or sooner- if you pay a heaping sum of money.

TITRE Test

This is the single most important (and expensive) part of this entire process. This test measures the antibodies in the blood and there needs to be a level of 0.5lU/ml for your pet to be allowed in most countries.

The test needs to be done at least 30 days before departure, but it usually takes longer than that to get the results back so you will be planning for that already.

Veterinary Health Certificate

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency had a form that needed to be filled out for entry into South Korea. The form for Korea is linked above, but for other locations- check here.

On this form, your veterinarian will fill out and confirm that your pet meets all the requirements for travel. You will need to complete the health inspection within 10 days before departure. Also, you will need to meet with a Canadian Food Inspection Official to get the final stamp and have your furbaby ready for travel! You may or may not need to book an appointment- please, call in advance to make sure what you should do in your area.

WAIT- You’re not ready for international travel, yet!

While you’re waiting around for test results to come back. There are a few more things you will need to do and consider to get your pet ready for International travel.

  • Contact your air carrier and inform them you are bringing a pet. There may be a limit to the number of animals allowed on the plane.
  • Check the price to bring your pet on board. These fees vary from the different airlines.
  • Check your airline’s website. There are specific kennel requirements for your pet and size restrictions to determine if your pet can ride with you in the cabin, or if they need to be stowed under the plane.

Cost Breakdown

Curious about how much it cost me to bring my pooch to Korea?

    Rabies shot $30
    TITRE blood-test $418
    Microchip $55
    Vet Health Clinic $100(approx)
    Kennel $100(approx)
    Flight $100(approx)

It was not cheap, but I couldn’t leave my pooch behind!

I hope that this is a good starting point to help you plan an extended trip with your pet. If you’ve ever traveled with your pet before, how was your experience? Share your experience and advice in the comment section.

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Written by Jennormous

4 Comments

Jennormous

Thank you so much! I am excited to write my post for this. BTW, you have amazing dinosaur names =]

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Jennormous

Oh my! There was no quarantine period in South Korea as long as I had all my paper work *phew*

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