Traveling with my dogs out of the country has always been a dream of mine. The dogs do get to travel quite a bit but up until a year ago, they only traveled within the USA. When my husband and I decided to take Fira with us to Paris last year, there was a mix of emotions: excitement but also nerves from making sure all the paperwork was correct!
Weston didn’t get to go last year because my husband traveled to Europe first then I joined him a week later. Note: airlines only allow one pet per traveler.
Fira was able to get her own pet passport last year in France. This past month we flew to Paris again with both Weston and Fira and now they each have their own passports!
So, I’ve learned a lot doing this journey twice and I’ve become quite used to the anxiety that may come with traveling with your pet. And for your dogs with anxiety? Isle of Dogs Chillout dog treats are perfect to help keep them relaxed and at ease.
First off, a pet passport can only be issued in the international country you will be entering. If you are traveling with your pet internationally for the first time, you will need to have international health certificates completed by a USDA-accredited vet first.
If you live in the E.U., consider yourself lucky as you can get a passport issued in your home country and is valid anywhere in the E.U. (including the U.K.)!
International Health Certificates
If you are in the United States, check the official USDA website for pet travel requirements by country and to download the international health certificate forms. Your vet will fill these forms out for you.
How to Get Pet Passport
Pet passports are not mandatory when traveling but it makes travel easier because you don’t need to continue processing the above health certificate(s) each time you travel.
Most vets (in the E.U.---or whatever country you are traveling to) can issue a passport. Bring all your paperwork and vaccination records and the vet will fill out the passport. It will usually cost whatever the vet charges for an office visit and the actual price of the little blue passport (around $75+).
Pet passports are valid as long as the rabies vaccination is up to date. The passport expires when the rabies vaccination expires. If your pet’s rabies is going to expire during your travels, make sure to revaccinate and you must wait 21 days after vaccination until travel.
For entering the United Kingdom, your pet will also need a tapeworm treatment within 1-5 days of travel. There is even a section in the passport for this, which the vet will fill out.
Just make sure you know exactly what information is on your paperwork and keep it close to you. As long as you’re well-prepared with your documents and travel, it’s a straight-forward process and there shouldn’t be any surprises. If you are going to travel with your pet internationally, a pet passport will definitely make the process smoother and faster for the next trip. Bon voyage!
Author: Nikki Star is a creative director and loves to travel all over the world with her two French bulldogs Weston + Fira @WTFrenchie She provides travel tips and city + lifestyle guides on her blog Where’s The Frenchie for the modern dog owner.
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