We love our furry and feathered friends, but if you have ever attempted to bring a pet abroad, you know that it is not a simple endeavour.
The work begins at the point of origin. Depending on the host country that you will be traveling to, requirements will vary but may necessitate a long lead time. For example, cats and dogs which will be imported into Japan must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies at least twice, given a rabies antibody test, wait 180 days after the test, receive a clinical inspection and health certificate from the exporting country, and then notify the Animal Quarantine Service of the animal’s arrival at least 40 days in advance of landing. Some countries also require a quarantine period, at the owner’s expense. Fish, birds, reptiles, and other mammals may be subject to different requirements.