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Before you travel or move overseas, you should think about getting your dog, cat, or even ferret its own passport. While there are a few hoops to jump through, obtaining the necessary paperwork will make your jet-setting lifestyle that much easier.

Without it, you’ll likely be facing quarantine for your pet (which can last for months at a time) plus a hefty fine.

Dog's Microchip

You’re going to need to get your animal micro-chipped, and make sure that your animal has all of the necessary immunizations and vaccinations required in the country or countries that you’re going to.

cat laying on owner's legs

All pets require a microchip implant that meets the International Society of Pharmacovigilance, which may sound like a James Bond-esque corportation, but is really a non-profit scientific organization.

Your Vet Certifications

Your vet will need to be certified with the USDA as an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service veterinarian. If they don’t have the certification, they should be able to refer you to someone who holds such documentation.

Caring a dog on a plane in a bag

Rabies vaccination

For most pet travel, you’re going to need a veterinarian-administered shot before you head off on a jet plane.

Each country has different requirements (Australia and New Zealand have the strictest pet immigration laws), so make sure that you check with the local consulate or embassy before transit. Some may need fitness certification from a vet’s office; some require worm treatment within five days before your flight.

For more information about the documents needed, please check this CNN video out here.

A dog with a passport

Good luck getting those ‘lab reports’ and vaccinations, and enjoy your holiday!

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