When I first got Woof Woof, I knew I wanted a dog that was under 20 pounds. I never wanted him to have to fly in the undercarriage of the plane. I was stoked when I heard about dog passports. Even if he never traveled internationally, I knew I wanted to have one. Now, we’re planning several trips, and it’s time to start researching.
First what is a dog passport and does it work everywhere? For most countries, a pet passport is replaced by the health certificate that needs to be filled out by your vet for travel. What is really important is what vaccinations you need, if there is quarantine potential and if your pet must be microchipped.
Depending on the country, you may need just a few shots or you may need several sets. While you may book a ticket a couple of weeks in advance, you should always double check on the country’s website. I always google pet passport and the country name to get the information I need. For the United Kingdom, dogs traveling from the US don’t need anything too exciting as far as vaccinations, but you may have to repeat a rabies vaccine if your dog wasn’t microchipped before his or her last rabies vaccine.
Japan requires an extensive list of vaccines, but that’s not why I wouldn’t take my dog there. He can be quarantined for any reason when he arrives for more than a month. I can’t take that risk. Japan does this because their country is rabies free and wants to protect their dogs from contracting diseases from countries where rabies still exists. As a traveler, it’s a sign to only bring your dog to Japan if you plan on relocating. For the same reason, you shouldn’t bring your dog to Hawaii or Australia if you aren’t going to be there for at least a year.
The good news? There’s a whole world inside and outside of the US to explore. Just learn how the rules in advance, so you and your dog can have a wonderful vacation.
Woof Woof Travels
Woof Woof, a 6-month mini schnauzer, is our official travel blogger. He travels the world reviewing hotels, restaurants and his experiences. Check out his columns every Wednesday. The column is co-written by his dog parent, travel writer Reyna Gobel. Her travel articles have published in Costco Connection, Southwest Spirit, American Way, and Hemispheres.