International Health Certificates
USDA certified veterinarians on staff.
Health certificates are required for cats traveling both domestically within the United States and internationally. We’re happy to assist you with your cat's health certificate, but the associated paperwork can take several weeks to process.
Different countries have different travel criteria, so we’ll need to determine exactly what you'll need and what requirements you’ll have to meet in order for your cat to travel with you.
Start planning at least two months in advance for domestic travel and four months in advance for international travel. If rabies titers are required, e.g. Hawaii, Australia, etc, it is likely that you may need more time for planning and testing. Please check requirements for both interstate and international travel at aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel.
What do I need to do to make travel plans for my cat?
If you’re traveling by car, you should carry your cat's vaccine history, their most current rabies certificate, and a veterinarian issued cat health certificate that includes information about their most recent wellness exam.
If you’re planning to fly, research the specific airline you plan to use. Some airlines have their own requirements while others defer to those issued by the destination state or country.
Important questions to ask your airline might include:
- What are your cat travel policies?
- Are small pets allowed in the cabin area?
- Do you have specific cat carrier requirements?
- What are your pick up and drop off policies for cats?
- How do you handle layovers when there are cats on board?
Bear in mind that only USDA certified veterinarians are able to issue international health certificates.
When you schedule your appointment, please let us know where and when you’re planning to travel, so we can properly address your needs.
Interested in additional information? Check out this USDA resource.