Pet Travel & Rabies Vaccine Requirements

Hi PetRelocation,

What are the requirements for traveling with our dog regarding a Rabies Certificate? We know about the Health Certificate already.

She has always had 3 year Rabies shots and her last one was nearly 2 years ago, but it is still good for one year. One information source indicated she must be vaccinated within the last 12 months, which makes no sense. So what is the true requirement for the Rabies Certificate?




Hi Scott,

Thanks for submitting a question to us -- this is a good one.

For pet import into the United States, 1, 2 and 3 year rabies vaccines are all acceptable. You simply need to show proof that the vaccine has not expired in the form of a rabies certificate signed by your vet. Please refer to the USDA website if you have additional questions about what is required.

The United States is one of the more lenient countries to import a pet, but you'll also need to make sure you meet all the airline requirements, as well (these can vary from one carrier to another).

For general advice about pet travel, please take a look at these tips. If you think you'd like some professional assistance arranging your move, feel free to fill out our online consultation form here.

Hopefully this helps, Scott. Good luck with everything and just let us know if we can help.


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Scott
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Toy Poodle
From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
To: Boston, Massachusetts


PetRelocation Team




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