How To Get An International Pet Health Certificate For Travel

Cats, Dogs

If you are travelling internationally with your pet, many countries require your pet has a health certificate. Essex Middle River Veterinary Center is able to perform international health certificates for travel.

We recommend that you contact us as soon as you know the details of your travel so we can begin assisting you with the process. Export requirements and time frames vary and are subject to change at any time. Considerations include meeting certain timelines/waiting periods, vaccinations, testing and/or titers, and administering medications/treatments.

  1. Contact the airline for any needed requirements.
  2. Contact your local USDA office or visit the USDA website to determine all export requirements for your destination country.
  3. Contact the destination country’s embassy (if needed).
  4. Verify your pet’s microchip registration.
  5. Schedule all necessary appointments with EMRVC. Your pet may require more than one appointment to meet all requirements. Visits may take 60 minutes or more to allow time for paperwork.
  6. Double check and bring all required documents to your pet’s appointment.
  7. Have paperwork authorized by official USDA veterinarian (if required) – either in person at Richmond office or overnight mailed to Albany office.


USDA APHIS Pet Travel website

USDA veterinarian office:Maryland residents can contact the Richmond, Va USDA office for assistance.

USDA-APHIS-National Import Export Services
Federal Building
400 North 8th Street
Suite 726
Richmond, Virginia


Essex Middle River Veterinary Center provides medical and surgical care for cats and dogs at our animal hospital and veterinary clinic in Essex, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Our services include preventive wellness care exams, vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care. Our state-of-the-art veterinary offices are conveniently located near I-695 where we see pets from Towson, Honeygo, White Marsh, and other neighboring Baltimore areas.

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