International Pet Transportation to Canada

The cold isn’t the only thing you’ll need to be wary of when flying to Canada with your pet. Each pet import must comply with the issued regulations to be successfully transported. The process of relocating your pet internationally can be tiresome, especially when you must take care of your own paperwork and plan for your new life at the same time. Here’s everything you’ll need to embark on your Canadian adventure.

Standard Pet Microchip

Pets leaving their country for Canada must be microchipped. The chip should be a standard, 15-digit, non-encrypted, ISO 11784/11785 chip. You should register your pet’s microchip before any form of travel.

Rabies Vaccination

All pets being imported into Canada must be vaccinated against rabies. To check whether the vaccination was successful, a rabies titer test is conducted, the results of which are mandatory for any movement in or out of the country. Depending on the nature of your move, you may/may not be asked to provide a proof of rabies vaccination. The vaccination should be done at the same time or after the pet’s microchip has been implanted. This is an important detail; if you are unable to do so, your pet will have to be vaccinated again. Canada accepts 3-year rabies vaccinations.

Further Vaccination Details Required by Canada

Canada requires a few more vaccinations, depending on your chosen mode of travel (as accompanied baggage/as manifest cargo). If you are transporting your pet via manifest cargo, you will also need to get your pet vaccinated against the following:

For Dogs

  • DHLPP, ( Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus.)

For Cats

  • FVRCP, (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis,
    Calicivirus and Panleukopenia)

Documents Required to Enter Canada

An international health certificate is required to enter the country. This certificate must be completed in either French or English. The certificate should contain the following details: animal identification, dates of vaccination, vaccine manufacturer, and expiration date of the currently provided rabies vaccination. You will require a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Indian Government, which the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service provides. No pet can leave the country in the absence of an export NOC. For foreign journeys, a copy of the passport, air ticket, and visa of the owner is mandatory to be produced to the Government of India. You will also require your pet’s vaccination record. Make sure each vaccination has your vet’s signature and stamp against it.

Banned Breeds in Canada

Canada has banned the following breeds from its major cities, citing them as dangerous breeds: American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, and American Pit Bull Terrier. These dog breeds and any dogs who are offspring of crossbreeding between them are banned from entering Ontario, Toronto, and Winnipeg.

Entering Canada

The Government of Canada does not prescribe mandatory pet quarantine for those entering the country. However, under certain circumstances, such as incorrect or inadequate document preparation, inconsistencies in the vaccination record, or absence of a pet microchip, your pet will be deported. Canada & the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reserve the right to deport any animal that does not meet the import requirements.



Explore queries and frequent doubts about pet travel.

Can I take my pet from India to Canada?

Yes, you are allowed to carry your pet from India to Canada.

How much does it cost to import a dog from India to Canada?

The cost of pet travel depends on factors like your point of origin and varies from location to location. On average, such a journey can cost between 2 and 5 lakh INR.

Can I take my dog to Canada from India permanently?

Yes, you are allowed to take your dog to Canada from India permanently.

What documents are needed to bring a dog into Canada?

You will need an international health certificate, a NOC, and your pet’s passport (vaccination book) to bring a dog into Canada.

What pets are allowed in Canada?

Canada allows everyday house pets to be imported.



Explore queries and frequent doubts about pet travel.

How Much Does It Cost to Move a Pet to Canada?

The cost of moving a pet depends on various factors, such as the age, size, breed of your pet, the crate size, and so on. For a tailor-made quote, contact

How Do You Transport Pets Across Canada?

Pets are typically transported across Canada via roadways or airways.

Do Pet Have to Be Quarantined When Moving to Canada?

Canada does not quarantine pets arriving in the country. If your pet is carrying an infectious disease or there is improper or incomplete paperwork, they will be deported.

What Papers Do Dogs Need to Enter Canada?

- You will need a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the Indian government, your pet’s vaccination record, a health certificate, and a titer test result confirming an adequate level of protection against rabies. Your pet will also need to be microchipped.

Which Airline Is the Most Pet Friendly in Canada?

Air Canada is the preferred airline for flying with your pet in Canada.

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