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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 must be implanted with a microchip that is compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785). Microchip Implantation Record must be provided. Microchip Implantation Record must be provided. Microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccination.

2. Vaccinations


Valid Certification of DHLPP Vaccination within 1 year and 30 days prior importation.

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

Puppies must be confined at a place of the owner's choosing until they are three months old. They are then vaccinated and again remain in confinement for 30 days.  


Valid Certification of FVRCP Vaccination within 1 year and 30 days prior importation.

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

3. Permits & Licenses 

Permits must be obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer.

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. CFIA Endorsement

The following forms must be sent to the local CFIA for their stamp of approval: International Health Certificate, Rabies Certificate, and the printed history of the pet’s veterinary records.  

6. Customs

A Veterinary Officer must examine and clear the pet before it may leave the customs area.

7. Quarantine 

Pets do not need to stay in quarantine if they are imported by permit directly from: The UK, Ireland, Jamaica, St.Kitts - Nevis, Antigua, St.Lucia and St.Vincent. 

Pets must undergo six (6) months quarantine in Britain if originating from all other countries.

8. All of the original documentation must travel with the pet. Have the completed request form and vaccination/health certificate available upon arrival.

9. 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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