Health certificates are required for interstate air travel, and for all international travel, regardless of the mode of transportation. Health certificates for sale are also required for pets sold in the State of Florida.
For domestic travel, most airlines require that your health certificate be signed by a veterinarian within ten (10) days of travel. The health certificate is valid for only thirty days. Some airlines require that a new health certificate be completed for the return leg of your trip, while others will allow travel on the original signed certificate. Check with your airline carrier for their specific rules.
For international travel, each country has its own set of specific requirements that must be strictly followed to ensure entry into that country for your pet. You can find those regulations for entry for each country at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
For domestic travel, we recommend 24 hour notice prior to your appointment, to have the appropriate documents prepared by your appointment time.
For international travel, we generally recommend 72 hour notice prior to your appointment, to have the appropriate documents prepared by your appointment time.
Hawaii and Australia both require certain vaccines and/or tests to be completed up to 6 months in advance, so we recommend you contact us prior to that time frame to get the process started.
EU travel requires your pet be microchipped with an ISO chip. If your pet is not microchipped, or chipped with an older style chip, you will need to re-chip with an ISO microchip and re-vaccinate against rabies 21 days prior to travel, unless you travel with a scanner that can read your microchip.
You should check the requirements for whatever country you will be entering at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel to determine the specific requirements and timeline you must follow to ensure a smooth, problem-free entry into that country with your pet.