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ESSENTIAL GUIDES FOR BRINGING PETS TO VIETNAM

ABROADER June 10, 2022

A trip to an exotic land would be much more exciting with your pet friend. And the good news is there is no quarantine needed for pets when traveling to Vietnam. If you are about to go, check the information below to have the best experience  when bringing pets to Vietnam!

1. Needed documents

Vaccination certificate

Your pets must be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days and no longer than 12 months prior to the departure date for bringing pets to Vietnam. 

Pets’ Inoculation record

It’s literally a record of all vaccinations injected to the pet. It includes information about the name, the manufacture and the lot or batch number of the vaccine, the date of vaccine administration and expiration. 

Some vaccines are recommended for dogs and cats are:

  • Dog: Rabies, Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus and ParaInfluenza.
  • Cat: Distemper, Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Leukemia, and Rabies.

Health certificate:

This must be endorsed by an accredited veterinarian in your departure country before the flight. The certificate is valid for 7 days after endorsement.

Passport

It’s necessary to bring a phоtосору оf thе fіrѕt раgе оf thе раѕѕроrt оf thе реt оwnеr оr wіth whоm the реt wіll bе trаvеllіng wіth 

*Note: Please check carefully other different requirements of your chosen airport. 

2. What types of pets:

Cats and dogs are among the most common pets to be allowed on flight. But if your pets are birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals such as rodents and rabbits,… things are quite different. They may not need rabies vaccinations but a health certificate. And the pet owners should seek further specific rules of the departure and destination country.

Pregnant animals are NOT allowed on planes under any circumstances. Pet owners must not bring along animals which may be susceptible to heat changes.

3. Pets microchip before bringing them to Vietnam

It is not compulsory to put a microchip on your pet. However, you’re advised to do that in case your pets get lost. All you need to do is to enter all relevant contact information (name of owner, phone number,…), then register the microchip and insert the chip under the pets’ skin.  The procedure is fast, safe, and appears to be relatively pain-free.

Otherwise you can prepare a dog or cat collar with contact information as long as others can contact you when they find your pets.

4. Pet food

Pack some pet food to prepare for the very first days in Vietnam. And then, you can buy them in Vietnamese local markets or supermarkets such as: Vinmart, Lotte Mart, AEON Mall, Co.op Mart,… They are also available online so check some popular e-commerce sites like Shopee, Lazada, Tiki,… 

This can help your packing part much easier and less stressful when finding the space for hundreds of different stuff.

5. Pet-friendly accommodation in Vietnam

Please check in advance your accommodation to make sure it allows pets. Here are lists of some pet-friendly hotels in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi which can serve you and your pet friend the best way.

ABROADER also provides you some options about accommodation here if you’re interested in our program.

We hope these guides above can ease off the challenges you may face when planning a trip with your little buddy. Spend some more time on careful research to make sure you have the best time here in Vietnam.

And if you are looking for opportunities to travel with your pet and do meaningful work at the same time, have a look at our in-person internship programs right here:

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