Guide on Bringing Your Pet to Hanoi
Ask your local vet to help you prepare the vaccinations and documents necessary to bring your pet to Vietnam. These are the general requirements:
- Each pet must be identified by means of a microchip. The microchip has to comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.
- Rabies Vaccination & 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 in the US) – This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA-accredited Veterinarian in the US, or by the animal health body of your home country. This must be issued within 10 days of the flight.
- These documents must be stamped by the USDA or other animal health agency. Contact your vet or local representative to arrange this certification.
Once your pet has arrived at the airport, the animal and its paperwork must be inspected by the official airport veterinarian. There is no guarantee that the airport vet will be present when you arrive, unless you make specific arrangements before arrival. This should be done through Green Vet or Hanoi Vet (listed in the Veterinarian section), both of which will make airport visits and take care of all arrangements with the airport vet for a fee. If you have not made such arrangements, your pet will have to remain in its carrying cage for an indefinite amount of time until the official vet arrives.
The airport vet will issue a permit for your pet to enter Vietnam—the price is negligible, about $3. Be sure to keep your pet’s import certificate, as it will be required when you take it out of the country at the end of your stay. While Vietnam does not require a quarantine for animals with proper certification, be advised that quarantine may be required upon return to your home country or onward travel to a third country.
Unfortunately there is no single website with definitive information on importing pets to Vietnam. However, IPATA (International Pet & Live Animal Transportation Agency) has a branch in Hanoi. While they do not post guidelines for Vietnam on their website, you can contact the Hanoi representative for current information and help in bringing your pet to Vietnam. They can arrange door-to-door pet transport to and from Vietnam, including export/import paperwork, air booking, transit formalities, import permit, customs/quarantine & to-door delivery.