Pet Health Certificates
Necessary for traveling across state lines.
Pet health certificates are required for pets traveling both domestically within the United States and internationally. We’re happy to assist you with your pet’s health certificate for travel domestically, but the associated paperwork can take several weeks to process.
o To: For domestic travel, start planning at least two months in advance. You will likely need even more time if the destination state requires rabies titers, as is the case for Hawaii. Please check the 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 pet?
If you’re traveling by car, you should carry your pet’s vaccine history, their most current rabies certificate, and a veterinarian issued pet 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.
Important questions to ask your airline might include:
- What are your pet travel policies?
- Do you offer fleet cargo space for large pets? Will this affect which flights I can book?
- Are small pets allowed in the cabin area?
- Do you have specific pet carrier requirements?
- What are your pick-up and drop-off policies for pets?
- How do you handle layovers when there are pets on board?
*Our veterinarians can provide health certificates for pets traveling between states. For international travel, you must obtain a pet certificate through a USDA-certified veterinarian.
When you schedule your appointment, please let us know where and when you’re planning to travel, so we can properly address your needs.