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International paperwork

Bringing a pet into the United States: A reader’s research

Last week I posted a report by reader Marianne about her return to the U.S. from Ireland with her Miniature Poodle. I referenced a post I’d written in October 2010 about the hoops you need to jump through to import a pet. This weekend, I returned to my in-box and found a gem of a message on the same topic, from reader Susan — she’s a lawyer, bless her, so when she’s confronted with a collection of odd federal and  … Read more

Reader’s report: Entering the U.S., and transferring to a domestic flight, with an in-cabin dog

Back in October 2010, I wrote a post about the documents you need to re-enter the U.S. with your in-cabin dog. The CDC writes the rules for this situation, and they could be clearer. The CDC does not have any particular form in mind for the rabies certification incoming dogs are required to have. Similarly, if you’re continuing on a U.S. flight and your domestic carrier requires a general certificate of health, it’s not clear what that document should look  … Read more

New pet import rules for the U.K. announced

Bringing a pet into the U.K. is easier than most people think, but now it’s about to get even easier. The British Foreign Office has announced that as of January 2012, pets returning to the U.K. from the rest of the EU, and pets entering the U.K. from listed countries like the United States and Australia, will no longer need a blood test and will only have to wait 21 days from the date of their rabies vaccination before traveling.  … Read more

Traveling with a pet dog between the U.S. and Canada: The fine print

Last May, the Take Paws team wrote a really useful post about the requirements for taking your dog (and yourself!) from the United States to Canada, which saves me all kinds of work. I’ll just add that when you’re returning to the U.S., you follow the CDC’s rules, which state (in relevant part) that “Dogs must have a certificate showing they have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry into the United States.” Please note that  … Read more

Requirements for entering the U.S. with your pet dog

Just before we left for Paris, I wrote a post about the requirements for bringing a dog to France. One of the pieces of paper you need to leave the U.S. is a state health certificate (unless, presumably, you’re not taking a domestic flight before departing the country). A Dog Jaunt reader, planning to bring her Yorkie from Paris to Los Angeles, via Chicago, on United flights, sent me the following message:

[D]o you know what the airline/state is  … Read more

Requirements for bringing a dog to France from the U.S.

You need to have four three things in hand to take your dog to France from the United States:

1. Proof, in the form of a “Rabies Vaccination Certificate,” that your dog’s rabies vaccination is current. According to the French Embassy, “every animal must have a valid rabies vaccination, even if less than 3 months old. If it is the first rabies vaccination for the pet, you must wait 21 days between the last shot of the vaccination protocol and  … Read more

Planning your trip abroad with a dog: Getting the right forms to fill out

I’ll write more tomorrow about the things we had to do to get Chloe set up for her upcoming trip to Paris — this is a more general post about where to get the paperwork you need for any international trip with your dog. Everything I’d read told me to contact the U.S. embassy of the country I was planning to visit to find out what’s needed for a trip to that country with a dog, but that turns out  … Read more

Chloe goes to Paris: Taking dog food to another country

A blogging friend who has traveled abroad with her dogs got me thinking about taking dog food through Customs (“be careful,” she said, “to bring only unopened packages of dog food with you”).

As I’ve mentioned, we’ll be spending a couple of weeks in Paris this fall, and an EU regulation [Commission Regulation (EC) No 745/2004] “permanently prohibits all personal consignments of meat, meat products, milk and milk products from entering the EU.” So I wrote to the French Embassy, and my  … Read more

Mexico: Crossing the border with a small dog

Photo by Señor Codo

At about this time of year, when Seattle becomes rainy and grey, a trip to Mexico starts sounding particularly good. We spent last Christmas in San Miguel de Allende, and enjoyed every warm moment of it. Chloe came into our life the week after we got back, but I would return with her in a heartbeat. What documents are required to bring a dog with you into Mexico? The Mexican consulate in Seattle never answered my  … Read more

English-speaking veterinarian in Paris

It’s not particularly surprising that France’s Ordre des Vétérinaires doesn’t allow sites like AngloInfo to publish lists of English-speaking vets. It’s France, after all, and they do things their own way. The Ordre does have a searchable database of French veterinarians, and that’s useful (click on “Trouvez un vétérinaire”), but its search engine does not give you a way to identify English-speaking vets.

Happily, I have one name to give you. A thread on AngloInfo lead me to someone in Paris  … Read more