Adopting and Transporting Pets Internationally

Humane Society International

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In response to requests for information on transporting a companion animal between countries, we provide the following information:

Please be aware that costs for transport of a pet can range from USD $150 to $2000 or more, based on accommodation and airline. In addition, some countries have strict quarantine policies.

To do

To learn about quarantine policies, paperwork, vaccinations and other requirements, check with the appropriate agency (typically the Department of Agriculture) in your country.

Be sure to visit a local, licensed veterinarian to obtain a health exam along with the needed health certificates and vaccinations for your pet’s air travel and importation. Local veterinarians will also know where pet kennels can be purchased. Kennels make take some time to acquire, depending on the country. Specifically approved airline travel pet kennels are often required as well.

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Contact your airline ahead of time to ensure that it permits the transport of pets (and reserve a spot) and what requirements are for boarding your pet. Reservations are often needed for your pet’s travel.

Please check with your airline for the details of their specific policies. Keep in mind that there may be partner carriers (not just the airline with which you booked your ticket) and different airlines for different legs of your journey, so make sure you check with each of them. In some cases, there may be breed restrictions.

Things to consider before transporting a pet

Humane Society International recommends that individuals wishing to bring a pet into their home do so in their own country, and seek alternative means of helping animals in a foreign country.

In the U.S., millions of animals are put down each year for lack of homes. Please visit The Shelter Pet Project to adopt an animal closer to where you live.

HSI focuses on identifying the reasons for pet overpopulation worldwide and addressing them in a humane and sustainable way. Our goal is to help as many animals as possible and see that lasting change is made. In many parts of the world, the cost of international transport for one animal could instead be used to provide spay/neuter services for a number of animals and/or offer humane education to help foster a culture of compassion.

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