Fido’s Passport – Got It!

Traveling with your pet is a great way to see the world and make new friends. However, if you are planning on taking your pet abroad for the first time, you may have some questions about what is required for international travel. In this article, we’ll explore what exactly a pet passport is, and how to get one and use it when traveling internationally with your dog or cat (or other type of animal).

What is a pet passport?

A pet passport is a document that contains your pet’s vaccination and health records. It can be used to prove that your animal is healthy, so it will not pose a danger to the country you are visiting. If you are traveling outside the United States, your pet may need one of these documents depending on what countries you plan to visit.

A few countries require pets from other countries to have passports before entering their borders. These include Australia, New Zealand, and some parts of Europe including Germany and France (but not all). Passports are also often required for entry into international airports within the U.S., such as JFK International Airport or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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How do I get a pet passport?

  1. You can get a pet passport from your vet. If you are traveling to or through the European Union, check with your veterinarian to see if they have the right paperwork for an EU pet passport.
  2. You can get a pet passport from the government. In some cases, local officials require that pets be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies in order to travel internationally. It’s important not to confuse this process with obtaining an official document from the customs agency in question; instead, it’s simply proof that your home country recognizes these requirements as valid for traveling into another country.
  3. You can get a pet passport from a third party, such as Pet Travel Services (PETS) International: “We offer comprehensive assistance from start-to-finish toward all aspects of international travel including obtaining health certificates and passports for dogs and cats…”

What information is on my pet’s passport?

  1. Name of pet
  2. Date of birth
  3. Breed
  4. Gender (if known)
  5. Microchip number and manufacturer (ex: 2496-2YU6-HC1F2)
  6. Microchip ID number

Passports also include a microchip registration number, which is useful if you ever move or want to update your phone numbers or email address. This can be done by contacting your local dog warden or post office in order to update the data on your passport.

What if I am traveling with more than one pet? Can they share a passport?

If you are traveling with more than one pet, you can get a single passport for all of them. This is the most cost-effective option and will allow you to travel with multiple pets as long as they remain in your care.

If you plan on traveling with multiple pets, but want each pet to have its own individual passport (and not share one), then this will cost more money than if they were all in the same book. In that case, the cost will be higher because each pet will need its own book and photo session. However, it may be worth it if your animals do not always travel together or if they are different sizes/species. If this is the case, then we recommend getting a separate book for each animal; otherwise, it could become difficult when boarding flights or checking into hotels where only one dog per room is allowed by law!

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Do I need anything else in addition to my pet’s passport when we travel internationally?

In addition to your pet’s passport, you should also have your pet’s vaccination records, a health certificate, and a leash and carrier. Traveling can be stressful for both humans and pets. Make sure you have everything you need before heading out the door!


We hope this has helped you understand the importance of your pet’s passport and how to obtain one. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about traveling with your pet, be sure and contact your veterinarian right away! As always, feel free to contact us at or visit our Go Travel Tails and chat online with us.

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