Procedure for Importing and Exporting Pets

Find out about the requirements and procedures involved when moving with pets to and from Vietnam…

Entering Vietnam

To enter Vietnam, the following paperwork is needed:

  • Health certificate issued by an accredited veterinarian from the departure country (note: these often need to be issued within a set amount of time before leaving the country)
  • Pet’s inoculation record
  • Vaccination certificate for rabies issued at least 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to travel to Vietnam
  • A photocopy of the first page of the passport of the pet owner
  • Import fee

Prior to the arrival in Vietnam, photocopies of the above complete documents, along with the arrival date and flight number on which the animal will arrive in Vietnam, should be sent to:

  • Animal Quarantine and Control Centre (Trung tâm kiểm dịch và kiểm soát động vật)
    At: 521/1 Hoang Van Thu Street, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City
    Telephone: (08) 81118 82
    Fax: (08) 8119770

On arrival, the above documents must be presented at the immigration office at the airport in order to reclaim the pet.

Leaving Vietnam

The process to take a pet out of Vietnam is quite similar. However, the requirements for exporting live animals to other countries vary so it is advisable to study the rules of the destination country and contact the airlines.

It is likely that your pet will need to undergo the following, depending on the destination country:

  • Vaccinations
  • Blood test for rabies antibodies
  • Microchip implantation (if not already microchipped)
  • Health check to obtain health certificate (note: some countries have a specific health certificate model). This should be issued 5-6 days before leaving Vietnam by an accredited veterinarian

Country regulations

Airline regulations

Pet Transport

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) provides guidelines on how to transport an animal by air. To travel by air the container must allow the animal to stand and turn normally, as well as sit and lie in a natural position. Different airlines have different regulations so the rules for a chosen carrier should be checked when planning the journey.

  • For detailed information from the IATA on shipping cats and dogs: Click here

Further Information