Information on Bringing Your Pets to Vietnam

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Admittedly, there is no better way to explore the exotic land of Vietnam with your best friend in the entire world ­ your beloved pets. In order to enjoy your trip to the fullest with an adorable company by your side, make sure to keep up with the information on bringing your pets to Vietnam.

Who is Your Friend?

Who will make the journey with you?

Identify what type of animal that will travel with you will greatly help you retain your rights and ensure safety for your pretty fella. This task includes answering a handful of questions about your little (or not so little) friend. Is it a chubby dog or a fluffy cat? Or a bird? A piglet? How big or small that adorable guy is? Is it pregnant? Should your pet be kept at a certain temperature? Is it afraid of flying? Etc.

Keep in mind:

  • Some airlines only permit certain types of animals such as domestic dogs, cats, and birds.
  • Pregnant animals are not allowed on planes.
  • Due to the variations may occur in the temperatures, only certain breeds that are not susceptible to heat changes are allowed.
Snub­nosed dogs such as boxers or Chinese pugs are not able to travel in case of extreme heat changes

Only when you have figured out the basic information can you seek for the ultimate solution for your journey.

Before the Flight

  • Have your pets fed 4 ­ 6 hours before departure to prevent any digestive problems. Besides, you should also give them some water right before getting on the plan because you are not allowed to take care of the pets during the flights.
  • There are quite a few precautions must be taken when flying with your pets, but under no circumstances should you drug the animals as it will probably do harm to the health conditions.
  • Attach your name and contacts on your pets in case of mishaps.
  • Vietnam doesn’t require a pet microchip, but it is advisable to implant one to your pets as the microchip’s number may be a compulsory information for the paperwork to bring your pets to your home country or other countries.

Pets on Plane Procedure

Health Certificates: Vaccine certificate and Inoculation records

It is of vital importance that your pet is perfectly healthy and completely free from every transmittable diseases and parasite. Have your pets vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to your trip to Vietnam, and it must be no longer than a year before your travel. All of the procedures, along with the microchip’s number, should be proven in a certificate in English. You can download a form online and have an accredited vet fill in.

The recommended vaccines are Distemper, Parvovirus, Canine Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronavirus and Leptospira for dogs, Panleucopenia, Calicivirus, Herpesvirus, Leukemia for cats.

Have your pets vaccinated for communicable diseases

Upon arriving at the airport, you should also prepare a document of the “inoculation records”, which is the history of all the vaccinations ever injected in the pet. This includes the manufacturer and the batch number of the vaccine, as well as the administration and expiration dates if any.

Kennel Requirements

  • During a several­hour flight, you should properly equip your pet with a comfortable enough cage, and only qualified cages are allowed on the plane.
  • The kennel should be big enough for the animal to be able to stand up, lie down and turn around comfortably.
  • There must be adequate ventilation, and the interior must not have any sharp edges, which the pets can hurt themselves with.
  • It is mandatory that the cage is made with strong and solid materials such as fiberglass, metal or rigid plastics and the floor must be leak-­proof.
  • The sides of the kennel are compulsorily solid. One side must be openable and must be locked carefully.
  • Any wheels on the kennel must be removed before the flight.
Pets should be able to move easily inside the crates

You can choose whether you want to have your buddy travel on board or as checked baggage, but there are particular restrictions that must be met.

Pets on Board

Make sure to carry out thorough research on information on bringing your pets to Vietnam, because certain airlines online accept pets on board, only when the passengers have made advanced reservations at least 36 hours ahead of departure. What is more, the animal must be at least 10 weeks old and the maximum total weight of the animal combined with the kennel is 6kg (~13lb). However, should there be any certified service dogs, they are allowed accompany owners with disabilities, but they must sit in front of the passengers.

Service dogs must sit in front of passenger’s seat

Pets as Checked Baggage

If the weight of your pet combining with crate exceeds 6kg, then it must travel with you as check baggage. However, most airlines would not be allowed a cargo with the pet that is over 32 kg ( ~70 lb). Apart from that, almost the rest of the process follows a similar procedure as above, such as health certificates and kennel requirements.

Animals over 6kg must travel as checked luggage

Take special measures in order to respect fellow passengers. In addition to the obligatory health checks, your pets must be well­behaved and not cause any harm to other animals or to passengers and their luggage. It is also a vital reminder to prevent offensive odors so as to ensure the most relaxing flight for everyone.

Check-­in Procedure

The quarantine staff will examine the animal’s health status and base on the condition and the health certificates, the quarantine officer will issue a ‘no entry ban’ and then return the pet to the passenger.

Pets that do not meet these requirements may be returned to the home country, vaccinated, or quarantined.

Taking your pets back home follows a similar procedure. You need to be able to provide the health certification or have your pet vaccinated if necessary. Contact your airlines and your country of destinations for other essential requirements.

Pet-­friendly Accommodations

It is a general fact that most hotels don’t allow animals, but it is certainly not impossible to find one that offers the finest service and is pet­friendly as well. An extra charge may be applicable for the pets, but it shouldn’t be too big of a problem.

Pet’s Food

Although pet’s market is not particularly thriving in Vietnam, it doesn’t require all the effort to find food for your pets. You can effortlessly stroll around the local supermarket for a few packets of quality dog or cat’s food.

Conclusion

It is quite a daunting task to have your pets travel alongside on your trip to Vietnam, so hopefully, the aforementioned guides can ease off the challenges. After all, the ultimate goal is to have a blast with your little buddy, so spend quite some time to do careful research by no means a waste of your effort.