Moving Pets Commercial vs Non-Commercial (USA Only)
Commercial Pet Transportation
Health certification is required. When moving pet you must supply a health certificate from a veterinarian either USDA or State Licensed. The only exception to this rule is when moving pets are not leaving the state then a heath certificate is not required by USDA regulations. Do check local state regulation on requirements. Any ground or air pet transportation done by a third party will require a health certificate
Health certification is completed in 10 days. The health certification must have been completed within 10 days of departure. If the pet is scheduled to leave on December 22nd, then the latest date the form was completed is December 12th. Even if the form states that it is valid for 30 days according to the USDA it is only valid for 10 days. That includes the USDA APHIS 7001 form.
Non-Commercial Pet Transportation
The definition of non-commercial pet transport is the transportation of pets without compensations. When preforming a non-commercial pet transportation the transporter is normally a family member, friends or pet owner. If flying on a airline please check their requirements. Although most require a minimum of a health certification when flying pets.
No health certification would be required in this case according to the USDA. Animal Transportation Worldwide highly recommends still preforming a check up before travel.
When traveling by air or ground the form recommended to use is the USDA APHIS 7001 or state health certification. Both forms can be found in our forms page.
Need to travel international check our international requirements section.