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International Health Certificates

Going out of the country? As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, we can issue travel and acclimation certificates for your healthy cat so they can travel internationally with you.


We understand that your cat is family, and that when you travel, you want them right by your side. As a federally accredited veterinarian practice, we can issue travel health certificates (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) for your healthy cat so that they may travel internationally with you.

Why does my cat need a certificate to travel?

Only cats in good health are permitted to travel by plane or boat. The country you are traveling to may have specific health requirements that must be met before your cat can enter. Certain health requirements may include: up to date vaccinations, a passing health exam, etc. Health certificates ensure that your cat is healthy to travel and isn’t susceptible to transferring diseases to other cats or people.

When should I start the process?

International certificate requirements vary from country to country and can take up to several months to complete. It’s best to determine details like the dates of travel and the destination early on so that requirements can be met in time for your travels.

As a general guideline, certificates should be issued within 10 days of travel. It is important to note that a cat must be at least eight weeks old and fully weaned before traveling.

How can I obtain an international health certificate?

Before you start the process, you need to determine the destination country and dates of travel.

We will work with you to determine the health certificate requirements based on your travel destination. Since requirements are determined by each country and can change frequently, we suggest you check the current cat travel health requirements for your destination country on the USDA website:

We will perform a health exam to determine if your cat has any sign of disease or health risks that could pass along to others while traveling. We will also ensure that your cat has all required vaccinations to travel. Once all requirements are met, we will issue a certificate indicating that your cat has been cleared to travel.