Vietnam is a wonderful country which is becoming very popular for expats and travellers. If you’re planning on moving to Vietnam soon with your pet, this is what you need to know.
1. No-Pet Passport Needed
There is no strict rule for your pet to carry a passport while traveling to Vietnam. But it is always advisable to get your pet micro-chipped in case your friend plans on running away after reaching a new land.
Unlike other countries, when you bring your pets to Vietnam you won’t be forced to get them registered. Simply put a collar around their necks and have a leash in hand to make sure your pets don’t run away.
If you don’t wish to microchip or register your pets, just put a tag or collar around their necks and keep them close by. If you don’t do this and lose your pets later on, finding them in the crowded streets of Saigon will be difficult.
2. Vaccination for Rabies
Vietnam has successfully eradicated most illnesses from within its boundaries. This is why, when it comes to welcoming animals from other states and nations, the country is very particular about getting them checked and vaccinated.
Before allowing your pets to set foot on their land, the Vietnamese law requires you to get your pets vaccinated for rabies, leukemia, calicivirus, para influenza and other viruses 30 days or 12 months prior to the trip. In case any pet is a silent carrier of any of these, they won’t be allowed to enter the country’s premises.
3.The Health Care Certificate
People traveling from USA or Canada to Vietnam along with their pets are required to get a complete Health Care Certificate signed from a veterinarian that clearly states that the animal is clear of any viruses or illnesses causing bacteria.
Those who aren’t traveling from either of the two countries are obliged to get the health care certificate from the department that has the authority of animal import and export in their country.
This is just to make sure the pet that is entering Vietnam is free from any serious health problems or is not carrying a virus that can lead to an outburst of epidemic amongst the animals Vietnam.
Before booking a flight for yourself, do your research on whether pets are allowed on-board or not. In most cases, people traveling to Vietnam are supposed to carry kennels or cages of a specific size that can fit in the pets easily. For longer flights, the cages should be bigger in size as to allow the pets to stand, sleep and sit comfortably.
Most flights that take you to Vietnam have rules of taking pet on-board but only if it the pet is older than 18 months and weighs less than 13 lbs. People with a disability are permitted to take their pets especially dogs on-board to be escorted around easily.
5.Feed Them Well
Unlike you, your pets will be traveling in a crate all through their flight and no one will be kind enough to take care of them and feed them on time. This is why you should feed your pet with ample food and water, once you enter the airport and are ready to board your flight, so that they are hydrated and full.
Also, before it is time to leave for the vacation, get your pet familiar with traveling in a crate. If you do this, your pet will become accustomed to it and won’t become anxious and scared on the flight, which would make air travel difficult.
6.Booking the Right Flight
Traveling along with a pet can be difficult because crossing the aisles to make your way down to your pet’s kennel is not easy. And because most flights do not allow you to feed your pets after small intervals, it is crucial for you to book a flight to Vietnam with a shorter route just so your pet does not panic.
Most pets are not trained to travel by air, especially on longer routes. This is why, in order to keep them calm and patient, prepare accordingly.
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