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Policies & Requirements

** The veterinarian must be approved and accredited by the Government Veterinarian Authority of the pet’s departing country. If the pet is departing Canada, the veterinarian used must be CFIA approved. 

** All dates must be written in the ISO (International Standards): dd/mm/yyyy

** All documentation must be completed in blue ink


1. Microchip

The pet does not require to be implanted with a microchip, but it is recommended. Microchip Implantation Record must be provided. Microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccination.

2. Vaccinations


Valid Certification of DHLPP Vaccination within 1 year of importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and at least 30 days prior importation.


Valid Certification of FVRCP Vaccination within 1 year of importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and at least 30 days prior importation.

3. Permits & Licenses

Permits are required from pets exporting Asia or Africa. They must be obtained from The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the country of import. Copies of all vaccine stickers must be provided to obtain import permit. VIP Sitters provides the arrangement of this documentation.

4. Veterinarian Health Certificate 

The pet must be accompanied by a Veterinarian Health Certificate, available here, that must be issued 10 days prior to departure.

5. Government Vet Endorsement

The forms: Microchip Implantation Record, Rabies Certificate, and Veterinary Health Certificate, must be sent to the local government veterinarian for their stamp of approval. In Canada this is CFIA. The Certificate must be in Spanish and include the following information:

  • Owner’s name and address
  • Animal’s information:  breed, birthday, sex, size, color & distinctive markings.
  • Country of Origin and any applicable transit points 
  • Statement: The pet has been examined within 10 days of departure, and does not show any clinical signs of diseases.

6. All of the original documentation must travel with the pet

7. Complete all of the preparatory procedures outlined in The VIP Sitters Pet Relocation Guide for Cats & Dogs

Airlines and countries constantly make changes to their policies and regulations. Please note that the information available on this website may not be up to date with current requirements. 

VIP Sitters arranges all of the necessary documentation for you so, together, we can safely, legally, and easily transport your pets anywhere in the world. Let us help you. Request a quote by sharing your travel plans with us. We’d love to hear from you!

* If a paritcular country is not listed or you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact us anytime

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