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Oakpark Pet Hospital

International Health Certificates

Going out of the country? We can help you prepare.


We understand that your pet is family, and that when you travel, you want them right by your side. We can assist in travel preparation for travel health certificates (Certificate of Veterinary Inspection) for your healthy cat or dog so that they may travel internationally with you. Please contact us at least 6-8 months ahead of your trip.

Why does my pet need a certificate to travel?

Only pets 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 pet can enter. Certain health requirements may include: up-to-date vaccinations, a passing health exam, etc. Make sure to check the travel requirements for your destination country. Health certificates ensure that your pet is healthy to travel and isn’t susceptible to transferring diseases to other pets or people.

When should I start the process?

Certificate timing varies greatly by country: For example, rabies-free territories such as Australia and New Zealand take six months. We strongly encourage checking the CFIA website as early as possible.

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 pet travel health requirements for your destination country on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website here.

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