The international health certificate

What’s the international health certificate? What’s the point ? How can you get it to travel with your pet? This is what we’ll see here. Remember that to travel with your dog, you will need to complete other formalities

This certificate can be requested to travel with a dog in countries outside the European Union. If it’s necessary, it must be on departure from France, but also to return, unless the animal’s passport has been updated before departure. In this case, it can replace the international health certificate to return to the European Union.

How does it work?

Commonly called “certificate of good health”, it must be established by the official veterinarian of the country of origin in case of importation. This certificate is made after a clinical examination to be certain that the canine is in good health and can support the journey that awaits. The certificate is valid for 10 days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the date of checks at the entry points in the States by the travelers and for 4 months in the case of movements within the European Union, from the date of issue, or until the expiry date of the rabies vaccine, whichever comes first.

What’s an official veterinarian?

It is a veterinarian designated by the competent central authority of the country it represents. He works for the administration and represents the government of the dog’s country of origin and depends on the Ministry of Agriculture. Official veterinarians work in the Veterinary Services Departments and can issue requested documents for live animal exports. However, they shouldn’t be confused with sanitary veterinarians, who exercise them with clients and hold a health clearance issued by the prefect dependent on their community. Health veterinarians identify animals, give passports, vaccinate against rabies, treat echinococcosis, examine dogs and can also attest to their good health. They are entitled to fill in the international health certificate, but the latter must then be validated by an official veterinarian.

When to take these steps?

The Ministry of Agriculture recommends visiting your veterinarian for a trip at least three months before the departure date. For having already discussed with health professionals, it takes six months to prepare the dog to enter some countries, such as Australia, for example. The best is to start the process as soon as you decided to go on a trip! Your veterinarian will know what your dog will need and when to perform the exams, vaccines and have the international health certificate issued if you need it.

If you have any doubt about the formalities to be carried out, don’t hesitate to contact directly the embassy in France of the country where you go and consult here the steps to be taken to return to the Hexagon if to be gone in a country outside of the European Union.

Traveling with your dog can’t be improvised. But with the help of professionals and taking it in advance, you can be ready on the day and share a journey with your four-legged friend, even if you leave the European Union and therefore need a health certificate international.