1. What is the required documentation for the pet relocation to Vietnam? List all the necessary documents, briefly describe them and add any special instructions, advice or information that would have the pet owner?
For being allowed to enter in Viet Nam, your pet needs to by accompanied with a valid rabies certificate and a health certificate.
The rabies certificate should mention your pet’s microchip number, the date of vaccination and the date of validity of the vaccine.
The health certificate will be delivered after a health check by an authorized vet who attests that you animal is healthy, and does not present signs of human transmissible diseases. It must be issued and stamped by the government authorities of the leaving country. This health certificate needs to be in A4 and separated from the animal passport.
When arriving to the airport in Vietnam, you need to present all these documents to the immigration officer to be allowed to leave the airport with your pet.
Don’t forget to ask your airline if they have any additional requirements for accepting your pet on their flights, as it is very common.
2. Remind the pet owners about the detailed and timely planning process – remind them to allow themselves plenty of time to complete the process. So, when is a good time to begin the relocation process: 2 months? 4 months? 6 months? before the pet owner’s flight departure?
For pet relocation to Vietnam, you need to start the relocation process between 1 month and 12 months before leaving. In fact, the rabies vaccination needs to be done at least 30 days and no more than 12 months prior to departure. Here is an example of a planning process for your pet:
- Between 1 to 12 months before leaving: put him a microchip, and perform a rabies vaccination, asking for a valid rabies certificate.
- The other vaccinations (Distemper, Parvovirus, Canine Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronavirus and Leptospira for dogs, Panleucopenia, Calicivirus, Herpesvirus, Leukemia for cats) are not required, but advised, as in Vietnam, the prevalence of such infectious diseases is high.
- Within 7 days before leaving, bring your pet to the vet for obtaining a health certificate.
3. Shipping Your Pet. How will you ship your pet to Vietnam?
International Animal Transport: What actions do you need to take in advance?
There is no need to ask for an import permit for entering to Viet Nam with a pet.
Accompanied Baggage: Is it possible to take pets on a flight as “accompanied baggage” ?
It depends on many things:
- Firstly, the country of origin: in some countries, the animals are only allowed to travel in cargo.
- Secondly, the airline company: each airline has its own policy for animal transportation. Some will accept your animal in accompanied baggage and some will not, or it will depend on the origin and destination or on the type of pets.
- The weight of your pet can also make the difference: if your dog is quite big, he might not be allowed to come on the same flight than you as accompanied baggage. If your pet is very small, some airlines accept that you take him in cabin with you. You must ask your airline company about their conditions.
- It also depends on your travel planning. In the case of a very long travel, or with several hours of transit, you pet might not be allowed to come on the same flight as you. In that case, you will also have to send him by “cargo”.
Live Animal Shipment
Many people choose to ship their pets as “live animal” cargo. In that case, we strongly recommend that you pass by a specialized agency for organizing the shipping. The formalities for organizing the trip and in the airport are very complicated, in particular for somebody that is not used to it.
4. Key Considerations for Pet Relocation to Vietnam: What factors should you consider before arranging to ship your pet?
If your pet suffers from a chronic disease, ask your vet if he can bear the travel in plane. Also ask him which type of veterinary cares he will need in the future, and contact a vet in Vietnam to know about the availability of it. Be aware that the veterinary facilities in Vietnam can be very limited in comparison to the ones of your origin country, and it can be difficult or impossible to find a specific medicine or food that your dog needs for an all-life treatment.
We don’t advise you to give any tranquilization to your animal before transportation, as it could be dangerous for him.
5. Shipping Your Pet. How can you ship your pet from Vietnam to another country?
For being authorized to leave Vietnam, your pet will need a valid rabies vaccination (last injection 30 days to 12 months prior to departure), a rabies vaccination certificate and an official health certificate issued and stamped by Vietnamese authorities and delivered within 10 days before departure.
Each destination country has its own requirements about receiving pets, and we cannot list all here. Just be aware that for some countries, the relocation process can be very expensive and take as long as 8 months before departure. Moreover, a few countries like Australia do not accept pets coming from Vietnam. In that special case, you will need to send you animal to an authorized country to prepare all the relocation formalities.