Health Certificate

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Like to travel? We do too! Our team can help provide you with a health certificate for your pet completed by a USDA-accredited Veterinarian for your dog or cat when traveling domestically or internationally.


Some travel destinations have multiple steps and may require multiple lab tests, sometimes with long wait times (180+ days) for results. Most health certificates are only valid for 10 days. 


Please refer to our chart below for a few popular travel destinations and how far in advance we recommend you reach out to review your fur baby’s health certificate process.



Domestic TravelEstimated Length of Health Certificate Process
Nevada5 weeks
Arizona5 weeks
TexasNo health certificate required (Rabies vaccine required)
Hawaii7 months
New Jersey5 weeks
New York5 weeks (Health certificate only required if staying 30+ days)


International TravelEstimated Length of Health Certificate Process
MexicoNo health certificate required (Pet will be examined at border)
Philippines7 weeks
France7 weeks
Costa Rica5 weeks
United Kingdom7 weeks
Japan8 months

Although a travel destination may or may not require a Health Certificate, the airline you are traveling with may have separate requirements or additional forms. Please note that an “Airline Health Form” is not the same as a “Health Certificate.” An “Airline Health Form” may be a separate form required by an airline, whereas a “Health Certificate” is required and regulated by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Please make sure to check your airline’s pet travel policy prior to your visit with us to ensure we have all the information we need to make the process go as smoothly as possible.


The APHIS agency of the USDA has an incredibly informative website that outlines what requirements need to be met for your specific travel plans. APHIS recommends visiting the destination country's website for the most accurate and up-to-date pet travel requirements. If your travel destination doesn’t require a health certificate, but requires other things like a valid microchip or rabies vaccine, it may be found on the APHIS website:

Domestic Travel: USDA APHIS Domestic Pet Travel

International Travel: USDA APHIS International Pet Travel


What is a Health Certificate?

A health certificate, or certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI), is documented proof stating that your pet meets all of the requirements that are expected by the destination to which you are traveling. These requirements can range from booster shots to microchipping to titer testing, depending on the destination state or country. Health certificates must be completed by a USDA-accredited Veterinarian.


What Information Do I Need to Make a Health Certificate Appointment??

To complete a health certificate, we require the following information before your appointment:

  • Date of Departure
  • Address of Destination
  • Connecting Flight City & Country
  • Complete Health Records

                    - Health history
                    - Current flea/tick/heartworm preventative
                    - All vaccine names, manufacturing dates, lot numbers, and expiration dates

  • Microchip Information

                    - Manufacturer information 


If you have any additional questions about the requirements needed to travel, you can call Lakewood Pet Vet at (562) 925-2300 to book an appointment for a Health Certificate or to learn more about our process!

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