Pet Shipping to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This is another question and answer from our Ask the Pet Relocation Experts feature!

Name: Carrie W.
Moving From: Houston, Texas
Moving To: Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Question: I am going to be relocated to HCM City Vietnam and will need to transport my 2 dogs by air. I have three questions:

1) Is there a quarantine period in Vietnam, and if so, how long is it?
There is not a quarantine period for pets moving to Vietnam.  As long as you have an import permit and the health documents in order, you will be able to take your pet home with you when you arrive in Vietnam and clear through customs.  Check out our Vietnam Pet Import Regulations for a more detailed list of the paperwork required.

2) My dogs are on a heartworm preventative program called Sentinel. Will they need to continue this medication in Vietnam? If so, how do I get refills on the medication if I am going to be in Vietnam for more than a year? Vets in the U.S. require a yearly checkup and heartworm bloodtest for a refill.
You will definitely want to keep your dogs on some sort of heartworm prevention program. Vietnam vets will be able to prescribe the same or similar medicine.  We have a Ho Chi Minh veterinarian listed in the “Living” section of our Vietnam pet shipping page.

3) Can my two dogs travel in the same pet crate on an airline flight as they are used to being together? Thank you in advance. Your answers are very much appreciated!
The airlines will require that your dogs travel in separate crates, which is really better for them.  Even dogs that are the best of friends can start to fight particularly when space is restricted and they are in stressful situations.

Thanks for your questions Carrie!

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By Debbie Smith on May 2, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Hi, I am moving to Ho Chi Minh from Hong Kong and want to bring my 20 year old cat. She has been vaccinated for Distemper, Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Rabies.However, Hong Kong does not have Leukemia virus so none of the vets stock this vaccine. Will my cat be able to entire Vietnam without it?Please advise,Debbie

By Maegan at PetRelocation on May 4, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Hi Debbie! Thanks for your question. Our understanding of the requirements for importing your cat to Vietnam, is that the Leukemia vaccination is not a requirement, only recommended. However, the best advice we can give is to reach out to the government that oversees pet imports in Vietnam for further clarification for import requirements from Hong Kong. If you'd like more information about hiring a service like ours to assist, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Thank you!

By Lyndsay on September 4, 2017 at 2:02 am

Please help!I want to fly my two cats from Dubai to Vietnam. However their rabies vac expires on 8/09. They had their rabies rebooster vaccination yesterday, would they be able to fly on the 7th/09 considering they have already had the rebooster, or do I have to wait 30 days.Kind regards Lyndsay

By on September 5, 2017 at 10:16 am

Hello Lyndsay,

Thank you for reaching out to us! The rabies vaccination must be older than 30 days and less than one year old. Considering their previous rabies will be more than a year old at the point of travel, you will need to wait 30 days from the booster your cats just received.

I hope this helps, Lyndsay! Should you need further guidance, please do not hesitate to let us know and one of our consultants will be happy to assist.

By Nathalie Carby on November 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Dr. Nghia out in D2 can board your pets, he is the best Vet in Vietnam. He is assisting our newly formed group ARC Vietnam (Animal Rescue and Care). The best is to find a pet-friendly housekeeper who is able to watch your pets while you are traveling!

By Luke on July 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Hi Simon, There are no formal kennel services in HCMC as far as I am aware. Many expats here often have house maids that will care for the animals while away for a little extra fee, or tend to network with other expats with dogs and trade off 'dogsitting' while each is away. There are no 'dog parks' in HCMC and it isn't the most pet friendly enviroment unless you head out beyond district 1 to the quieter areas. Hope this helps!

By Simon on July 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

Hi there, we're considering a permanent expat move to Ho Chi Minh with our pet beagle, but can't seem to find anywhere for kennels / dog sitting and boarding whilst there, it may affect if we decide to go. Do you know of any?

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