How to Start the International Pet Travel Process

Name: Ashley
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Lab Mix
From: San Diego, CA.
To: Sicily, Italy


Dear PetRelocation,

I am so lost about where to even begin to plan travel for my four-legged baby. Any help you can provide would be wonderful!




Hi Ashley,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! We'd be happy to offer some assistance—most people begin the pet travel process feeling pretty anxious but the more information you have, the easier it becomes to put together a safe trip.

To start, here are the pet import requirements for Italy. You can also check the USDA website for additional details. Your dog will need to be microchipped and then receive the basic vaccines as listed. You'll also want to choose a pet-friendly airline, help your dog grow accustomed to the travel crate, and possibly hire an agent or pet relocation professional to help you.

For your reference, here are a few frequently asked pet travel questions and answers. Hopefully this will help to get you started, and if you have more questions or would like to find out more about our services, you're welcome to contact us.

Good luck with the trip!!


PetRelocation Team




United States, Italy


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By Catherine Lewis on December 31, 2017 at 1:18 pm

How old must a puppy be to export it from Rome Italy to Miami USA? the breeder has not shipped a puppy to the USA before and thought it needed to be 12 weeks accompanied by the owner and 16 weeks by a transport company. This does not seem correct. Several years ago I brought my dog back from Germany at 8 weeks and a friend just had a transport company ship his 10 week old puppy from Germany to the US.

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 2, 2018 at 9:55 am

Hello Catherine,

Thanks for your question! The CDC requires a rabies vaccination for all dogs entering the US. Since puppies can’t be vaccinated until they’re three months old, the youngest puppy that can be imported is four months. This is because dogs that have never been vaccinated must get this done at least 30 days before arrival. Hope this helps!

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