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Formalities to travel to Vietnam with a dog

Come on, friends, if you are ready to go on a trip to Vietnam with your dog, then we tell you everything you need to know! Your faithful companion is welcome, but there are a few rules to respect to spend a stay in complete serenity. In this article, we give you all the details to travel with your dog to Vietnam without headaches.


IMPORTANT: You must arrive at Ho Chi Minh International Airport, Tan Son Nhat. If you arrive by land, the formalities are the same to cross the border with your pet.


1. Health certificate

Before traveling to Vietnam, you must obtain a health certificate for your dog from your veterinarian within 7 days before your departure. This certificate must indicate that your dog is healthy and that he is up to date in his vaccinations. Here is the model to download, to be completed by your veterinarian and to be certified by an approved veterinarian of the DDPP (Departmental Directorate of Population Protection) of your department. NB: Find here the list of DDPP in France.

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2. Vaccinations for dogs

Your dog must be up to date with his vaccinations and vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before your trip to Vietnam and less than 1 year. Proof of vaccination will appear in your dog's passport.


3. Dog passports

If you are traveling with your dog from the European Union, you must obtain a pet passport from your veterinarian before leaving. This document contains your dog's health and vaccination information, as well as his identification.


4. Anti-rabies titration

Anti-rabies titration may be required to go to some countries, and especially mandatory to return to the European Union without having to carry out tons of administrative procedures. Serum titration of rabies antibodies is a laboratory examination carried out on a blood sample taken to ensure the effectiveness of rabies vaccination. It is carried out on a blood sample taken by the animal's treating veterinarian, at least 30 days after the first vaccination. The result of serum titration is valid for life provided that rabies vaccination is kept valid (vaccine reminders made within the required time). The result of serum titration must be greater than or equal to 0.5IU/ml.


5. Go to the DDPP (Departmental Directorate of Population Protection)

All the above documents (passport, certificate of good health...) must be validated by the DDPP of your department. Call before to find out if a veterinarian is present on the day you want to go, while not forgetting to respect the maximum 7 days before departure. They will ask you to send them the documents by email to check that you are not missing anything on the day you go there. NB: Find here the list of DDPP in France.


6. Micro-chip

Your dog must be identified with an electronic chip. This chip must comply with ISO standards and it must be readable by scanners in Vietnam. Make sure with your veterinarian that the chip is clearly legible before leaving.


7. Quarantine

There is no quarantine period for dogs entering Vietnam, but the authorities will inspect your dog on arrival to make sure it is healthy. Once you arrive at the airport and have collected your luggage, you must go to the "Animal Quarantine Station" office. You will have to pay the import veterinary inspection fee on arrival in Ho Chi Minh, and the issuance of an entry permit. The cost is about €2.50 depending on the exchange rate.


8. Transport

When you travel to Vietnam with your dog, it must be transported in a kennel (aircraft) or a flexible transport bag (cabin). The size and type of container depend on the weight and height of your dog. For my part, I have a chihuahua, so he always travels in a cabin in a flexible bag, placed at my feet. If you are lucky and the seat next to you is unoccupied, you can put your dog's bag on it. If your dog travels in the hold, he must be in an IATA approved kennel that you can find at different sellers (amazon, pet store, etc.). Be sure to check that your dog can travel in the cabin and the requirements with your airline before traveling. NB: To simply check if a company accepts dogs in the cabin and what are the conditions, type in your search bar "[your company] cabin dog" For example, with Air France, the maximum weight for a dog in the cabin is 8kg with the bag and the company must be notified at least 48 hours in advance (I advise them to notify them as soon as your plane ticket is purchased).

As an indication, I went to Vietnam once by land from Cambodia through the Ha Tien border. No customs officer asked me anything for my dog, and I didn't have to pay the import fees. The second time I went to Vietnam, it was by plane with Bamboo Airways, and I paid for the plane ticket for my dog €100.

In the end, if you are like me and you can't consider going on a trip without your faithful four-legged companion, traveling to Vietnam with your dog is well worth it. Of course, it requires a little preparation and planning, but by following the formalities mentioned above, you can make sure that your dog is ready for this incredible adventure in Vietnam, without stress and safely. So, pack your luggage, take out the leash and discover this beautiful Asian country with your best friend by your side!

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