What Are the Age Restrictions for Puppy Travel?

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Our puppy was born 11 June 2016 and I want to move with her to Italy on 10 August 2016.

At that time she will not be old enough to be vaccinated for rabies. How is this handled?




Hi Margo,

Thanks for your question -- we're often asked about age restrictions and pet shipping.

Though some countries have exceptions, according to European Commission website, pets must be at least three months old to enter Italy. You can find more information here.

For further details about pet import requirements for Italy you can also take a look at the USDA website as well as our country requirements page

We actually recommend that dogs do not fly until they've reached the age of at least 16 weeks. At this point, in addition to being able to receive the required vaccines, they're also stronger and better able to withstand the rigors of travel.

Feel free to contact us if you'd like some assistance with eventually moving your dog, and be aware that people often need to move ahead of their pets (in this case it would be necessary to enlist the help of a friend, family member or boarding facility).

There are multiple solutions when it comes to planning a pet move, so just let us know if you'd like to discuss your options further!

Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Margo
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Jack Russell Terrier
From: United States
To: Italy


Need help shipping your pet safely? Contact us to discuss your options.


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2014 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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