Pet Relocation in Vietnam

How could a person move across the world without man’s best friend? A lot of attention is placed on the moving or relocation of a family, deservedly so, but what about our pets? Just because you move, doesn’t mean you need to leave your four-legged loved one behind. There are many ways to move your pet with you, so what are your options?


Before you begin to relocate your pet, it makes sense to do ample research (probably why you are reading this) about what a pet relocation will entail. It is important to start this process, 3-4 months before your move because of documentation required. 

Finding the right company 

For starters, you will need to take the time to find the companies that can help you get the job done. Finding the proper company for pet relocation is similar to finding the right moving company. Once you find them, dive deeper into not only their moving services, but also their pet relo offerings and the amount of useful information they provide. The knowledge and capability of the company you chose is especially important since requirements for pet relocation vary by pet type and by country. 

Collecting Information

Just like the move process for yourself, there will be some documentation that you will need to provide when relocating your pet. This documentation is required to ensure the safety of not only the wildlife of the destination country but also for the safety of your pet. Note: Only dogs and cats are permitted for import and export in Vietnam. Other animals may have additional procedures or are strictly prohibited altogether.

The following documentation is needed when exporting or importing your pet in Vietnam:

· Rabies Vaccination
Rabies Vaccination has to be older than 30 days but no longer than a year old. 
· Official Health Certificate
Issued by an official government approved facility from the origin country. 
· Blood Test
Certain countries require a blood test to be conducted for rabies antibodies. 
· Owners Passport
1 Pet, 1 Passport. If you have more than one pet that you would like to relocate, you have to have a passport for each pet. The passport holder must also be over 16 years old in age. 
· ISO Microchip
An ISO microchip is RFID technology that helps officials identify your pet. An ISO Microchip is required for pets being exported from Vietnam to abroad. However, when importing your pet to Vietnam an ISO microchip is not required. This chip can be implanted by your local veterinarian. 

Options for Travel

Luckily, there is more than one option for travel when it comes to your pet’s trip with you to your new home. This gives some flexibility to owners who would like to have more control of the handling of their pet.

Option 1 – Air Cargo
This option is usually for those who have larger pets needing to travel. With this option, the pet and the owner do not travel together on the same flight and a cage will need to be purchased by the owner or by your pet relocation provider.

Option 2 – Excess Baggage
This option will have the pet and the owner on the same flight but not in the cabin with each other. In this case the pet will be under the plane but in a live animal section part of the plane that is temperature controlled, pressurized and oxygenated. Not every flight has this cabin installed so the owner, with help, will have to coordinate. 

Option 3 – Cabin
With this option, the pet will be traveling with its owner in the cabin. From the animal’s perspective (and maybe the owner’s as well) this will be the least stressful option as both owner and pet are side by side throughout the trip.

Your pet relocation provider can assist you in obtaining the proper documents needed to complete either option. 


When importing your pet to Vietnam, your pet may or may not have to stay in quarantine; this is dependent on the city of arrival.


The trip may be over, but the journey still continues. Once your pet arrives safely to your destination country, there will be a period of time where your pet will need to get acclimated to its new environment. Your pet may initially suffer from the “shock” of travel. This does not mean that the travel process for them is uncomfortable or cruel (the environment is very comfortable for them), which we must remember that animals become attached to their environment. When their surroundings change suddenly, it can be a shock to the system. 

What will help speed up the process and possibly prevent any type of long lasting effects of shock? It helps to make the new home as familiar as possible. Make sure to take the time to let your pet have space to run around roam (especially true for dogs), this will help them to recover from travel and the new environment much quicker.

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