Travel

REQUESTING AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE FOR YOUR PET

Our hospital will be glad to facilitate your pet’s international travel. Dr. Cahill currently provides the services needed to obtain international health certificates.

First, please visit all of these online references to help guide you through the process:

https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/petcare/cvi

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/1a6971f

https://www.usda.gov/media/blog/2017/06/28/navigating-pet-travel-let-aphis-help

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the necessary requirements for the country your pet is traveling to, please email us with the answers to the following questions:

  1. How many pets will be traveling?
  2. What is the species of each pet that will be traveling?
  3. What is your pet’s means of travel (ex. airplane, boat)?
  4. What date (or approximate date) is your pet departing the US?
  5. What airport or other port in the US is your pet departing from?
  6. Will your pet be flying on the same plane as you (or your agent), or at least within 5 days of when you (or your agent) will be flying?
  7. What country will be your pet’s final destination?
  8. What date will your pet be arriving in the country that is their final destination?
  9. Will your pet be going to any other countries along the way? (Landing at another airport along the way isn’t an issue if your pet isn’t deboarding the plane to spend time in that country.)
  10. How long will your pet be staying in each destination country?
  11. If your pet is returning to the US, what date (or approximate date) are they returning to the US?
  12. If we are not your pet’s usual vet, please have your pet’s complete medical record forwarded to us

You must also then print, complete and submit to us the International Health Certificate Agreement below.

Once you have submitted all the above information and we have the complete medical record for each pet that is traveling, we will forward your request to Dr. Cahill to review. There is a $125 fee per pet to initiate this request.

Dr. Cahill will conduct the necessary research and will provide an outline of the steps that need to be completed, a timeline to complete those steps (assuming there is enough time to complete those steps before your departure date), and an estimate of the anticipated costs associated with completing the process to obtain the International Health Certificate. The total costs can average between $350-$1000 per pet and depend on various factors related to the number and species of pets that are traveling as well as the amount of work involved to complete the requirements for the destination countries.

Please know that timing is critical when planning to bring pets overseas. Any errors in the information you submit, and any changes made to your initial travel plans can jeopardize the ability to obtain the necessary travel documents for your pet in time for your scheduled departure. Unforeseen issues may also arise and interfere with the process. We will make all reasonable efforts to get your pet the paperwork they need to travel overseas but ultimately cannot guarantee the success of the process.

*** Please print, complete and submit the below agreement to our hospital ***

International Health Certificate Agreement

SEAPORT VETERINARY HOSPITAL, 100 EASTERN AVENUE, GLOUCESTER, MA 01930

Regulations for a pet traveling outside of the continental United States is governed by the nation the pet is traveling to. Those regulations and requirements may change at any time and without notice. The requirements and forms may be complex and may not be readily available to us. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to obtain written documentation of the requirements needed for the country of travel. These documents may be obtained on the internet. Vaccination requirements, microchip requirements and rabies titer requirements are especially important alongside proper time frames for which each requirement must be completed before travel.

If proper requirements are not completed and/or documents are improperly completed the pet may be subject to additional costs, including but not limited to, additional treatments and/or quarantine period as required by the country of destination.

The costs associated with any additional treatment and/or quarantine, and/or the cost associated with the refusal for the pet to enter the country of destination is the responsibility of the pet owner.

We take our guidance directly from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS). However, ultimately it is the pet owner’s responsibility to ensure all requirements have been completed correctly and in a timely manner.

We make no claim of warranty, suitability or accessibility for International health certificates beyond our endorsement on the forms provided by the owner and/or the USDA – APHIS office. We do not warranty in any way that the form used is the correct form required by the nation or nations at the time of endorsement or at any time of travel. We do not warranty in any way that the pet will not be quarantined.

It is recommended that to ensure the best possible outcome, you contact a professional transport company to assist with the export requirements for your pet’s travels.

By signing below:

  • I understand the above information
  • I understand that the regulations for travel for my pet are regulated by the country or countries my pet may visit
  • I understand that I am ultimately responsible for ensuring that the requirements are completed in a timely manner and all proper forms are completed
  • I hold the doctors and staff at SeaPort Veterinary Hospital harmless for any errors or omissions related to requirements and documents for my pet’s travels

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Owner’s Signature / printed name / Date

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Name(s) of pet(s) traveling