Your USA Checklist – Everything You Need to Travel with Your Pet to the USA

Are you preparing to embark on a journey to the USA with your pet and want to be as prepared as possible? In this all-inclusive guide, we will provide you with must-know tips and insights for a successful and stress-free experience when planning your pet relocation to the USA.

Preflight Preparations

When taking pets to the USA from the UK, it is important to ensure that you meet all the legal requirements. One of the crucial requirements is that the animal is a pet and intended to be kept only as a pet, rather than for breeding, showing, selling, or rehoming. Keep in mind that pets with these purposes may have extra requirements and may not be allowed entry.

Another important factor to consider when taking pets to the USA is to ensure that dogs have not been in a rabies high-risk country for the six months prior to travel. This declaration must be made when traveling to the USA. Additionally, if the owner is travelling, they must have the legal right to reside in the USA. It’s worth noting that some states may not accept pet entry if the owner is traveling on a B1/B2 tourist visa or an ESTA.

Health Requirements

The health and well-being of your pet are crucial when travelling. Your pet must be healthy and fit to travel, as certified by a vet. In states like Florida and Texas, a rabies vaccination is mandatory. This vaccination not only ensures the safety of your pet but also protects public health. If you are unsure of any health requirements make sure to check with both your airline and make use of pet relocation services.

Travel Requirements

When it comes to taking your pets to the USA from the UK, there are specific travel requirements to ensure their safety and comfort. Pets must travel in an International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved crate in the cargo hold of the aircraft. It is essential to attach all relevant documents to the crate, including the air waybill, shippers certificates, crate labels, overseas declarations, fitness to fly, vaccination certificate (if proof of rabies is required), and CDC declaration for dogs. 

To avoid any last-minute complications, pets should be delivered to the cargo the recommended four hours prior to flight departure. This allows sufficient time for the paperwork to be checked thoroughly, ensuring a smooth travel experience for your pet. It’s also important to note that every pet must have a customs entry with HMRC, which will be checked before departure and upon arrival at the destination. There will be customs handling fees, ranging from £150-£250 approximately, payable locally upon arrival.

Having all relevant documents organised prior to travel will make bringing your pet to the USA a smooth process.


Settling Your Pet into Their New Home

Transitioning to a new environment during pet relocation can be challenging for both you and your pet. To make their settling process comfortable, provide them with a familiar space where they can relax and adjust gradually, helping them feel safe and secure in their new home.

Planning a trip with your beloved pet can be exciting yet overwhelming. From travel regulations to their safety, there’s a lot to think about. That’s where PetAir comes in. Reach out to us for your furry friend’s upcoming adventure. We’re not just experts; we’re animal lovers who care about their well-being. Contact us today to make their journey safe and positive!

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Fri Nov 24 2023