Moving Pets to Germany and Back

Name: Jenna
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Chihuahua
From: Germany


Dear PetRelocation,

I brought my 12-year-old neutered, male dog to Germany with all the necessary paperwork. We arrived December 7th and now plan to return to the US in a couple weeks. This is about 4 1/2 months apart.

Is it necessary to use a vet here in Germany to administer the rabies and/or all other vaccinations once again? I would rather not if I can avoid it. As my dog is senior, I want to reduce as much stress as possible. What are the legal requirements to enter San Diego, California From Cologne, Germany?

Thank you!



Hi Jenna,

Great question. Luckily the United States is one of the easiest places to bring a pet, so your efforts won't need to be too complicated.

To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for the United States. Essentially you'll need to have an International Health Certificate stating your dog is healthy and and fit to fly, which needs to be issued within 10 days of travel, and also proof that your dog is up to date on rabies. If your dog's rabies vaccine is still valid at the time of departure you won't need another one (or any other vaccines).

Since you've traveled with your dog before you probably feel somewhat comfortable planning this trip, but just in case you'd like to read over some additional information, here is a link to a few frequently asked pet travel questions and also a few tips for traveling with older dogs.

Hope this helps! If you'd like to connect to a Specialist to discuss hiring help with your return to the United States, please fill out our online consultation form.


PetRelocation Team




United States, Germany
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