What to Know About Importing Dogs and Cats to India

Arranging pet transport to India means following many of the general rules for pet travel as well as meeting several stricter paperwork requirements. A No Objection Certificate (NOC) is required, for example, and this can only be applied for after an endorsed health certificate has been obtained.

As with all pet travel, when bringing pets to India it’s important to allow plenty of time to plan, discuss any health concerns you may have with your veterinarian, and help your pet acclimate to the travel crate well in advance of the move.

Crate acclimation is key to helping your pet feel as calm as possible during the long flight to India -- if they see their crate as a safe and normal place to spend time, they’ll feel much less anxious on travel day when they’re spending several hours in the crate.

Your PetRelocation Specialists will guide you through this process, but for an idea of what to expect when shipping pets to India, take a look at the requirements below.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to India

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain – some are good for two years, others are only good for one. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.

Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001)

This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian. It must be issued within 10 days of the flight. The Health Certificate must state that the pet has no clinical signs of Aujossky’s disease, Distemper, Rabies, Leishmaoiasis, Leptospirosis or Tuberculosis.

Annexure I (Dogs) or II (Cats) Certificate

This should be issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian within 10 days of flight. PetRelocation will provide this form to you.

USDA Endorsements

The following forms must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about the best way to manage this.

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001 & Annexure I/II)

No Objection Certificate ("NOC")

The No Objection Certificate is a temporary permit issued in India allowing pets to be brought into the country. PetRelocation will obtain this on your behalf.

Importing Birds to India

Note: India currently prohibits the importation of all domestic and wild birds and poultry, poultry semen, and swine originating from the United States. Please refer to the India Ministry of Agriculture for more information.

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