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International Pet Travel Made Easy: Meet Veterinary Requirements with Pets on Route!

We understand the complexities of international pet travel and the veterinary requirements involved. Our team of experts can guide you through the process, ensuring compliance with destination country regulations. Trust Pets on Route to make your pet’s journey a hassle-free experience.



Every pet or animal traveling internationally must comply with the specific set of veterinary requirements, prior to departure, pertinent to their destination country.


The length of veterinary preparations can take weeks or even months, it all depends on your destination countries requirements. Some countries only require a microchip and a rabies vaccination but others might require a microchip, a rabies vaccination and a rabies Titre blood test which entails a 3 months waiting period.

Pets on Route can guide you through the process, ensuring compliance with destination country regulations, including microchipping, rabies vaccinations, other vaccinations, import permits, and government laboratory blood testing

If you are interested in buying a new puppy or a kitten and transporting it to another country please check with your consultant the country requirements first. 


There might be an age limits or possibilities to travel on puppies mother’s vaccination.

Most countries require microchip, it is however an export requirement that all pets are microchipped prior to departure out of South Africa. Please make sure that your vet microchip your pet before or on the same day as your pets rabies vaccination is given.

All international destinations require a valid rabies vaccination for travel. Valid means that the vaccination must have been given no more than one year and no less than thirty days before the intended travel date. There are certain countries however that has different requirements, New Zealand for example requires a rabies vaccination to be older than 6 months and not older than 1 year for a pet to travel.

Other vaccinations, it is important for your pet’s health to keep the standard canine or feline vaccinations up to date although often this is not a requirement for travel.

Should your pet require boarding before they travel all reputable kennels would insist that you produce a valid vaccinations certificate showing that their vaccinations are up to date and most will also require a kennel cough vaccination.

A lot of countries require an import permit. Please check your specific country requirements and importantly ask your dedicated consultant.

Some destinations require government laboratory blood testing for various diseases.

The most common blood test is the Rabies Antibody TITRE test that is required for countries like: The UK, Ireland, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, some of the African countries, Mauritius some of the Asian countries etc… your consultant will advise accordingly.

A Health Certificate is required for all pets departing South Africa, it however depends on the specific countries requirements how many days prior to departure the health certificate can or needs to be done.

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