Pet Travel Question: “Does My Cat Need A Microchip?”

Hi PetRelocation,

I have been told by a Romanian veterinarian that a microchip is required to import my cat to the USA. As per my research, there is no need for this microchip to enter the US. My cat has an updated health certificate and proof of vaccination.

I know that some of the EU regulations require pets to bear a microchip in case of traveling within the EU, but I am traveling outside the EU. Please clarify this for me: does my cat need a microchip to enter the US?

Thank you in advance,



Hi Mike,

Thanks for your inquiry. While microchips are not specifically required for entry into the United States, we do recommend them. Microchips are tiny, easily inserted, and often make travel easier. They also provide peace of mind, as in the event that you're ever separated from your cat, the chances of identifiying them and returning them to you will be much better.

Here's more information about cats and microchips from our blog.

Please contact us if you have any more questions about your upcoming cat move, and good luck with everything!

Name: Mike
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Persian
From: Romania
To: USA (Texas)


PetRelocation Team


Air Travel, Microchips




United States, EU


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By Annie on July 27, 2017 at 5:54 pm

How many cats and dogs can one person bring into Boston Massachusetts United States.

By on July 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

Hi Annie, thanks for the question. The United States doesn't have specific limits on bringing pets in, so it's just a matter of working out your pets' move logistics with the airline you're using (if you have several pets, they'll likely be on different flights).

You can read more about the basics of pet travel here. Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can be of assistance and good luck with everything.


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