PLANNING TO TRAVEL OUT OF THE COUNTRY WITH YOUR PET?
Start by going to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website for information about Travelling with a pet. Click here
* Please ensure that you read this page and all related links very thoroughly to ensure that there are no errors or omissions in this process. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to ensure that all documentation is accurate. If you are clients of ours, the team at Tecumseh Animal Hospital will be here to help you in this process, however all owners are responsible to coordinate all requirements with the CFIA before exporting a pet to another country.*
Under Travelling from Canada to another country (export requirements), click Pets (dogs, cats and ferrets)
Scroll to bottom and click on destination country.
Read more below
The requirements for pets travelling to another country are very specific and different for each country. Before exporting a pet, pet owners must plan ahead to ensure they have enough time to meet any testing, vaccination or treatment requirements and obtain the necessary certifications. Some countries may also require owners to obtain an import permit in addition to an export certificate.
All official documents must be completed accurately.
In order to avoid delays or errors with certification, which could result in the animal being ineligible to travel, it is important to review the requirements and export certificate well in advance and plan out any required tests, vaccinations or treatments with your veterinarian. It is important to note that countries may change their requirements without prior notification to the CFIA. It is strongly recommended that prior to starting the export process you obtain a current copy of the import requirements from the veterinary authorities or embassy of the destination country and review them again the export certificate to ensure that all requirements are addressed. If you have any concerns, please contact the CFIA animal health office in your area for assistance. For the Windsor CFIA office call (519) 969-2522.
* Countries WITHOUT a certificate *
If you are travelling to a country for which there is currently no negotiated export certificate and the country does not provide one, you must contact the appropriate veterinary authorities (CFIA) or embassy of the destination country to obtain a copy of the current import requirements.
If the destination country does not have a prescribed format for the export certificate and their import requirements can be met, the Canadian International Health Certificate can be used. Otherwise, the requirements will need to be submitted to the CFIA animal health office in your area for review to determine if a certificate can be negotiated. It is important to note that the process to negotiate an export certificate with another country can take several months.
If you are unsure whether the Canadian International Health Certificate can be used, contact the CFIA animal health office in your area for assistance BEFORE staring the export process. For the CFIA Windsor Office call 519-969-2522.
If there is a pre-negotiated export certificate, click on the country and the print the certificate AS INSTRUCTED (if it requires the certificate to be on legal 8 1/2 X 14 paper, it MUST be printed on that paper size)
Some countries will also offer a step by step guide on filling out the veterinary health certificates.
Once completed by your veterinarian, the certificate MUST be endorsed by a veterinarian at the CFIA. Please contact your local Animal Health Office (CFIA) to schedule an appointment for endorsement.
A check list is also available to ensure you have the required documents and details needed to qualify your pet for movement.
PLEASE NOTE THAT TECUMSEH ANIMAL HOSPITAL WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP WITH TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION FROM THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES, DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY OF THE COUNTRY REQUIREMENTS,
A REFERRAL WILL BE REQUIRED.
NEW ZEALAND - AUSTRALIA - JAMAICA - CHINA
If you are a client of Tecumseh Animal Hospital and once you have all required information, please call us and ask for Cait.
She will explain next steps as well as our fees associated
with travel documentation.