Pets are considered part of your family, so it’s normal if you want to bring them anywhere with you. Moving to Vietnam with pets can be daunting and difficult pertaining to the legal regulations that differ depending on country and types of pet. Luckily, Vietnam pet passport and import regulation are surprisingly simple and can be done in time. Here are some basic guidelines to move to Vietnam with pets:
1. Prepare Inoculation Record:
The main concern of move to Vietnam with pets is the potential transmission of diseases. By far the biggest concern is the spread of rabies. Therefore, your pet is obliged to be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days before the flight and no more than a year before travel since Vietnam does not recognize the 3 year rabies vaccine.
Apart from the rabies vaccination which is required, other vaccines are optional. Follows are some vaccines recommended for dogs and cats:
- Dogs should be vaccinated for: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Para influenza.
- Cats should be vaccinated for: Feline panleukopenia (Distemper), Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Leukemia.
All vaccinations injected to your pets are then mentioned in Pet’s Inoculation Record which include information about the name, the manufacture and the lot or batch number of the vaccine, not to mention the date of vaccine administration and expiration, if any. This record is part of the pet passport when move to Vietnam with pets.
2. Prepare Health Certificate:
Another requirement for Vietnam pet passport is Veterinary Certificate – also known as Health Certificate. A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete the Health Certificate to certify that your pet is healthy, free of parasites and there is no sign of diseases transmittable to humans. Only when your pets are given a clean bill of health, they can be transported. The Health Certificate is valid for 7 days after endorsement. Bear in mind the timing.
Other animals such as reptiles, birds, tropical fish, invertebrates, amphibian and mammals such as rodents and rabbits have a different set of requirements and are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination. They should have a health certificate in order to be admitted into Vietnam. Moreover, these “other” pets, especially turtle or parrot, should be verified that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Pet owners are strongly advice to seek further information from the Vietnamese embassy before taking pets other than cats and dogs overseas as these regulations change frequently.
+ Tips: Since timing of each stage is extremely important, and failure to adhere exactly may result in headaches and extra costs, start your planning as early as possible and work closely with a Vet to ensure all documents and tests are completed correctly and fulfill the requirements.
3. Implant Pet Microchip (optional):
Vietnam does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.
If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.
4. Contact Airlines:
Contact the airlines to know whether you can fly with dogs or cats overseas. If yes, then check carefully the airline’s pet policy. Find out the restrictions and requirements for transporting pets to Vietnam.
Especially, take a look at “pet travel airline temperature restrictions” since it can affect your flight time. This regulations have been established by some airlines to ensure animals are not exposed to extreme heat or cold in the animal holding areas, terminal facilities, when moving the animals between terminal and aircraft or on an aircraft awaiting departure.
Pets transport in the cargo hold will not be accepted by most airlines when the current or forecasted temperature at the arrival, layover or departure airport is above 84°F (29°C) nor below 45°F (29°C). An Acclimation Certificate can help you in this situation; however, not all airlines accept it, but it is certainly worth asking. After all, remember to confirm…confirm…confirm to make sure that the airline accepts your pet on the day and flight that you prefer.
Another factors should you consider is route selection. Find an airline that offers a non-stop route to Vietnam, or the shortest route possible because it is always more stressful for a pet to be transferred to another plane.
5. Find a Pet Carrier:
“Dogs are man’s best friend”, we’d better treat our pets right by preparing a nice comfortable “seats” for them to travel. Ensure you have the proper carrier for your dog, cat, pet for an international flight to Vietnam. Many airlines require the pet crate to be approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Your pet will be put in a crate during the flight, so it is advised to set a crate up inside your house and crate your pets in it a few hours a day prior to the flight. This will help them acclimatize to the crate and feel a little bit more comfortable when they travel. Don’t drug your pets as it is not good for their health.
Moreover, your pets will be scared when they fly, however it is not recommended to sedate them before the flight. Sedatives reduce the heart rate and their heart rate might also be reduced by the flight. This could be dangerous for your pet.
Well-prepared as been told and you are ready to travel. Remember to keep multiple copies of the documentation, take care of your pet, set aside money for unexpected fees and problems you might encounter along the way. The rest, leave it for airline employees who have been trained to handle your pet. Just relax and enjoy your flight to Vietnam.