Pet Travel Question: Exporting a Dog From Vietnam

Hello, how are you? I bought a pet while I was on vacation and I wanted to transport him to the United States.

Can you tell me what steps I need to take to do this?


Hi Justin,

We're doing well, thanks for asking! To move a pet to the United States, you'll need to meet a few basic requirements that include acquiring a health certificate and making sure your dog has been vaccinated against rabies.

Check out the United States pet import rules, and we also recommend that you start looking into acquiring an approved travel carrier and researching pet-friendly airlines. It's likely you'll end up flying your dog via cargo, which is a safe option and our preferred method for pet travel. Here is more information about planning safe cargo travel for dogs

Please let us know if you'd like some assistance or if you have any more questions about your pet move, and congratulations on the new dog!

Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Justin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Shih Tzu Mix
From: Vietnam
To: United States


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2011 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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By Ngoc Tran on May 8, 2018 at 10:43 am

Hi Justin, Did you take your dog with you? Would love to hear your experience.

By Alice on November 13, 2017 at 9:43 pm

Hi, how do I go about exporting a dog from Vietnam to Malaysia? How long will the necessary paperwork take? How many days before travelling will the vaccines need to be administered?

By on November 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

Hello Alice, thank you for your question!

The rules and requirements for moving a dog to Malaysia can be found on the Malaysian government's website here. Also, we recommend checking out this blog for more helpful resources if it is your first time moving your dog.

We hope this helps point you in the right direction, Alice. Let us know here if you need further help!

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