International Pet Travel Requirements

Bringing Pets into Oregon from Outside the United States

Oregon’s import regulations for pets entering Oregon from outside of the United States require the following:

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) 
  • Current rabies vaccination for dogs and cats 

You will need to obtain the health examination certificate and rabies vaccination from a veterinary authority in your country of origin.

CDC regulations govern the importation of animals and animal products capable of causing human disease. Pets taken out of the United States are subject upon return to the same regulations as those entering for the first time.

Airlines have their own requirements for animals, so check ahead of time so that your pet meets their prerequisites for travel to the US.

For more information about these requirements, or if you are planning to import animals into Oregon to sell them, call the Department of Agriculture at (503) 986-4680.

Taking Pets Outside the Continental United States

If you plan to take your pet outside of the United States, you will need to be aware of the import requirements of the country to which you plan to travel. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate embassy or consulate at least 4 weeks (if not longer) before your trip.

A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), also known as a health certificate, must be issued by an USDA endorsed veterinarian. Most veterinarians carry this endorsement and are able to write CVIs. If you are planning a trip, ask your veterinarian about the required documentation.

Your airline or a full-service travel agency can provide additional information about animal care requirements for international flights.

Due to the complexity of international travel/moves with pets, you may wish to enlist a professional pet relocation service.

Requirements of Various Countries + Hawaii

Check with the appropriate consulate, embassy or the USDA about the accuracy of the following requirements as they may change from time to time:

Entering Hawaii

Hawaii has specific rabies vaccination requirements for arriving pets that you should plan in advance for.

Entering Mexico

Requirements for Mexico

Entering Canada

Requirments for Canada

Entering Japan

Requirements for Japan

Japan has several requirements to import pets into Japan, including rabies vaccination and antibody titer, microchip, and other vaccinations and parasite control. It is recommended that you start the process more than 6 months before you plan to travel.

Other Countries

Visit the USDA APHIS pet travel site

Updated: 2018-11-27 08:00:00

Sources: Oregon Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Note: We offer links as a courtesy and do not endorse any service listed here. Please investigate any company you may wish to use to ship your pet before contracting their services.