Interstate and International Travel for Companion Animals

 

 

 

  

The Colchester Veterinary Hospital has on staff veterinarians credentialed by the Federal Government to issue documents for interstate and international travel with companion animals.  Depending on destination the requirements can be very stringed, sometimes requiring months of preparation.  Furthermore, requirements often change monthly, necessitating thorough research of your pet's individual requirements in order for us to prepare the appropriate travel documents.  Proper preparation is extremely important as it can avoid unnecessary and costly quarantine of your beloved pet.

 

If your pet will be traveling please contact one of our Travel Document Liaisons, Melanie Stone or Kathy Scott, at  (860) 537-3435.  Please provide the following information as it will expedite the process:

  • Travel Destination
  • Departure Date
  • All Pertinent Medical Records (including rabies vaccinations, rabies titers, and microchip/tattoo identifications)

 

Please be advised that if traveling by air many airlines require documentation independent of those documents required by the country or province to which your pet is traveling.  It is your responsibility to contact the appropriate airline to determine these requirements.  Airline requirements may include State issued Health Certificates and Letters of Acclimation.

 

References:

USDA-APHIS:  Export of Animals

USDA-APHIS:  International Animal Export Regulations

US Department of State:  Foreign Consular Offices

DEFRA:  The United Kingdom's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

EUROPA:  European Union Food Safety Authority - Animal Health & Welfare

AVMA Resources for Interstate and International Travel for Pets