Taking Your Pets to Vietnam

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Importing your pet to Vietnam is surprisingly simple. The procedure before your pet can fly is relatively simple and can be done in time, if you are aware of your relocation 6 weeks before you travel.

It is important for you to find an airline that is pet friendly and one that can fly direct to Vietnam, or the shortest route possible. You will also need to find out the requirements of the airline for your pet to travel. Once you have booked your and your pet’s ticket to Vietnam there are just a few simple steps that you will need to complete in order to relocate successfully.


  • Your cat or dog should be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before the flight but not more than a year before travel.
  • Other animals such as reptiles, birds and rodents have a different set of requirements and may not include the rabies requirement at all. They should have a health certificate in order to be admitted into Vietnam. We advise pet owners to seek advice from the Vietnamese embassy before arranging for the relocation of animals other than cats and dogs as these regulations change frequently.
  • All dogs and cats must be given a clean bill of health by a licensed veterinarian immediately (not more than 10 days) before travel. The vet should fill out a veterinary certificate and the owner should have it with him/her during travel.
  • The pet should also have an inoculation record that mentions all the vaccinations they have received and the date.
    • Dog: Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and Para Influenza.
    • Cat: Distemper, Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Leukemia, and Rabies.
    • Upon arrival in Vietnam all the documents should be presented to the immigration officer after you have collected your pets. If your pet does not look healthy to the officer an accredited veterinarian may be brought in to check on their health (at your expense).
    • There is no quarantine period in Vietnam so you will be able to take your pets home from the airport.


  • Your pets will fly in a crate with no food or water during the flight. It is recommended that you obtain a similar crate and crate your pets in it every day for a while. This will help them acclimatize to the crate and feel a little bit more comfortable to them when they travel.
  • Your pets will receive no food or water for the duration of the flight. Cut their meal in half the day prior to the flight and feed them half a portion just before the flight. Also ensure that they have plenty of water right before the flight.
  • Your pets will be scared when they fly, however it is not recommended to sedate them before the flight. Sedatives reduce the heart rate and their heart rate might also be reduced by the flight. This could be dangerous for your pet.

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At Asia Expat Guides, we understand that relocating to a whole new country is very challenging. You might feel very overwhelmed as there are tons of other things you need to prepare prior to your relocation. That’s why we are here to help you in your relocation and ensure a smooth transition from your home country to host country. We provide FREE consultation service for many aspects of your relocation, including advices on expat accommodation, education for your expat kids, expat visa, banking and insurance, pet relocation, and so on. We also provide expat guides service so you can get familiarized with your new city as soon as you land.

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