What are the docs required from the Indian Govt to export my pets?

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#1 Oct 15th, 2009, 14:42
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Does anyone know the required docs -- apart from the airport docs --- that are needed to export your pet from India??

In my case I am going back to Miami out of Kolkata, I know the airline docs, which I posted in another thread a couple of months back, and I know I need a screw worm cert for america, but I read somethere there is some letter you need from the Indian Department of Agriculture for some reason to get your pets out of the country, but I cannot find the link anymore.

Any help appreciated.

PS I just found the thread with some info http://www.indiamike.com/india/dogs-...mumbai-t88513/ but it relates to shipping as cargo... we are taking them as excess baggage on Lufthansa so wondering if you still need the government health certificates.
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You need the government health certificate (also referred to as an animal export license). For more info on this document and how and where to get it, see http://www.idaindia.org/taking-pet-overseas.htm
Some people have gone to the trouble of getting it and told me that officials at the airport didn't even bother checking it. I had to send a dog unaccompanied and they definitely checked every ounce of paperwork.
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Just found out that the export license is only required for shipping the animals as freight, this is not required for shipping them as excess baggage.

NOW disclaimer, this is for Kolkata, I know its the same deal in Delhi, but unsure of the other airports.

This was confirmed to me when I visited animal quarantine at the airport ( lucky I have a all areas airport pass!)and also by Lufthansa.
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my experience exporting dog part one

I ran into Birds a few weeks before I left India, and she asked me to write here about my experience exporting my dog from India to the USA. I suggest that if you are planning to export your dog from India that you do your own research with your own Indian veterinarian, airline and importing country. There is valuable information on this site and Birds is a great source of info too, but we received so much conflicting information from everyone that I don’t recommend that anyone rely entirely on what I say here. I’m not an authority on this at all- this is just my experience and I hope it is helpful as a starting place. FYI: This looks complicated because I’m trying to write out everything we did and give a lot of information. In reality, it all went very smoothly for us and we had no problems at all with any of this.

HELPFUL SOURCES:

First off, I used the info on this website:
http://www.idaindia.org/taking-pet-overseas.htm
It is very helpful. I think someone else has linked to it here.

Second, Anupama at Pet Vacations was a very helpful resource. For various fees (starting fairly low and going way up to 300 USD) she can provide you with anything from a little help with paperwork or do the entire move for you. Contact her here: +91 98198 80222

Third, I originally imported my dog with Continental’s Pet Safe program. They do not export out of India but they have very helpful and knowledgeable people answering their hotline, so you might want to contact them with questions. 800-575-3335 I exported my dog out of India with Lufthansa. They do not have helpful people to talk to you over the phone so you won’t get any help from them while you are gathering info. But they are very good with your pet once you get to the airport. I flew out of Mumbai to Houston with a layover in Frankfurt, and at each airport the Lufthansa staff were really professional and helpful with handling my dog.

Finally, Birds on this website is a really great person to talk to about pet related questions.

*When I was doing this research, I looked for an Indian government website that listed the export requirements and could not find one. If someone has one, I hope they will provide the link.



FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO EXPORT YOUR DOG FROM INDIA:
(I only know about adult dogs- the requirements are different for puppies)

1. VACCINATION RECORDS(including rabies at least 30 days before travel)

You need to get the records from your regular vet showing that your dog is up to date on all vaccinations. The most important one is the rabies vaccination, and it has to be given to your dog at least 30 days before you travel. My veterinarian gave me a little book called a Companion Passport that listed each of my dog’s vaccinations along with the date and the label from the shot bottles. I strongly recommend that you keep up with your pet’s paperwork and medical records yourself from the moment you get your dog or enter India. Do not rely on the Indian vet to keep up with all of this for you. This will save you a lot of grief when the time comes to get your vaccination records. What I did was ask for the little bottle each time my dog got a shot. I wrote the date on the bottle and kept them in a baggie. When the time came to get her export paperwork together, I simply handed that baggie to my vet and she put it all together to make my dog’s vaccination records.

2. PROOF OF MICRO CHIP

I don’t know if all airlines require this, but I was asked to prove that my dog was microchipped at the airport before I could export my dog. Additionally, my veterinarian required this info to fill out the Health Certificate (item 4 below). So you might want to call your airline and ask your vet if you need this. My dog had already been microchipped in the US before we came to India. I don’t know who can microchip your dog within India. Birds might be able to tell you that. My dog is microchipped with the company Home Again. All I did was go to their website and print off a page that proved that my dog had an account with them. I brought this page to my vet and that was sufficient proof.

3. PHOTOGRAPHS

You will need two pictures of your dog in order to get the Government Health Certificate (item 5 below). We were told these were supposed to include one picture that is a close up of the dog’s face and another picture that is of the dog’s full body.

4. VETERINARY HEALTH CERTIFICATE (within 7 days before travel - 5 days if you are going to USA and need the screw worm statement) -get copies!

The Veterinary Health Certificate is from your regular local veterinarian. Our certificate is printed on our local veterinarian’s letter head that gives the name and number of our vet including her license number. You can get this from any licensed vet- it does not have to be from a government vet. This document is only valid for 7 days, so you must get it within 7 days of your flight. However, if you are flying to the USA, the document must also include a “screw-worm statement” that says the dog was inspected 5 days prior to travel. So if you are taking your dog from India to the USA, you must get your Veterinary Health Certificate within 5 days of your flight instead of 7.

Details of what our Veterinary Health Certificate says:

Ours includes the following information: species, name, microchip number, breed, sex, date of birth, colour, owner’s name, owner’s address in India.

Then, the certificate has this sentence: “I have examined (the animal) on (the date) and I certify that the animal shows no apparent clinical sign or symptom of any contagious disease, nor any sign leading to the suspicion of such a disease. At the time of examination the animal was found to be healthy. The said animal has also been vaccinated against Rabies on (date- must be at least 30 days before travel). The said animal is in a fit condition to travel.”

Then, our Certificate included a “screw worm statement”. If you are importing your vet into the USA, you need to add a statement to the Veterinary Health Certificate that states that your dog does not have screw worm. When I heard this, I emailed the USDA and asked them if this is true and they wrote back that it is true and that it is a new requirement. However at the customs desk once I arrived in the USA, no one asked to see this. The USDA told me that the Veterinary Health Certificate must contain the following sentence: “The dog has been inspected for screw worm within 5 days prior to shipment to the USA and has been found to be free from screw worm”. I told my vet this and she simply added this sentence to my Health Certificate. It was no big deal. Just tell your vet to write it on your document. The important thing to note is that you need the screw worm statement within 5 days prior to travel so that means you must also wait to get the Veterinary Health Certificate 5 days before also even though the entire document is valid for 7 days. You might have luck asking your vet to post-date it a couple of days.

Finally, this document was signed and dated by our regular local vet and stamped with her clinic stamp.

5. GOVERNMENT VETERINARY HEALTH CERTIFICATE (within 7 days before travel) -get copies!

This certificate must come from a government quarantine officer veterinarian. I don’t know how many Indian cities have a quarantine vet, but I do know there is one in Delhi, Mumbai, and Calcutta. The one in Mumbai is located at Kopar Khairane, Sector 11, Navi Mumbai – 400 709. The quarantine officer is Dr. S. D. Bhosale. We have the following numbers for them: (022)27552021 and (022)26828194 but one is a “telefax” number.

To get a Government Animal Health Certificate, you must show the following items to a government quarantine vet: photographs of your dog, vaccination records including the rabies vaccination 30 days before your flight, and the Veterinary Health Certificate issued from your local regular vet (item 4 above).

The Government Animal Health Certificate will be printed on a Government of India letter head that says “Ministry of Agriculture” and “Animal Quarantine and Certification Service”.

It contains the following information:
I. Identification of Animal listing species, breed, age, sex, colour, identification mark, name of animal
II. Origin of Animal listing name and address of exporter (owner of dog) and place of origin of the animal
III. Destination of the Animal including country of destination and name and address of consignee (person who is going to export animal)
IV. Sanitary Information which says the following:
“I, the undersigned Official Veterinary Certify that the animal described above and examined on this day; 1. The above dog has been vaccinated against for Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parovirus, Leptospira and Canine Corona Virus on (date) and Rabies on (date). 2. The above dog was subjected to health inspection on this day and was found free from all demonstrable diseases and is in good health. 3. The above dog did not exhibit any signs and symptoms of any infectious diseases at the time of examination and is fit for air/ship travel. 4. The certificate is valid for seven days from the date of issue of this certificate. 5. Any other issue: NIL”

This document was stamped with a “Quarantine and Certification Service – Government of India” stamp and dated and signed by Dr. Bhosale.

Attached to this document were the two photographs of our dog which were also stamped with the same quarantine vet stamp.

FYI: Anupama at Pet Vacations can get this certificate for you if you send her original copies of all the other items listed above- items number 1-4. This might save you a trip to Mumbai, but of course you will pay for this service!


NOTE ON GOVERNMENT CERTIFICATE CONFUSION:
This certificate must come from a government veterinarian- not just a local veterinarian- but there seems to be some confusion about which government veterinarians can issue this document. We were told by some people that any government veterinarian will do including the local government vet in Goa. Then we were told by other people that it must be issued by a government quarantine officer vet in Mumbai. The only difference is the stamps. The regular government vet’s stamp says: “Government of (State), Veterinary Dispensary of (City)” and the government quarantine vet’s stamp says: “Animal Quarantine and Certification Service”. The local government veterinarian in Goa told us that she was qualified to issue the health certificate and that her stamp was all we needed to export our dog. She only charged us 150 rupees for this and was very helpful, so I don’t think it is a scam. Besides she has pulled ticks out of our dog’s head for free in the past so I think she is honest. But based on our research, I think she is simply mistaken about what she is qualified to do. According to the airline and Anupama at Pet Vacations, only a government quarantine vet can issue this certificate not just any local government vet. The people at the airport usually can’t tell the difference between the stamps and if you try to export your dog with a locally issued certificate instead of a quarantine certificate, you will probably get away with it even though this is not technically what you are supposed to have. The local government vets might honestly think that they can issue this certificate and the officials at the airport might not know the difference anyway, but the technical truth is that you need a stamp from a Quarantine Vet. So we went to Mumbai to the quarantine vet to get this certificate just to be safe and fully legal. It’s up to you what you want to do, and like I said, you should do your own research. It’s a pain to go all the way to a government vet in another state a few days before your flight.
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part two

AT THE AIRPORT IN INDIA

We flew Lufthansa and my dog flew on the same flights that I was on. I don’t know how other airlines handle this. We took the dog on a leash to the check-in counter with her crate separate. I checked myself and my bags in for my flight and checked my dog as EXCESS BAGGAGE. There is a different process if you are not flying with your dog- then you fly your dog as cargo. I paid 250 dollars for my 20 kg dog and her 5 kg crate. That’s all the way from Mumbai to Houston so I think the price is very reasonable. Lufthansa checked her crate all the way to my final destination (double check and make sure your pet is checked all the way!) and they put a luggage sticker on her crate just like what they put on regular luggage.

Next, a Lufthansa staff member who handles dogs came to meet me. He asked to see my paperwork. I’ve heard many people say that no one at the airport will ask you for paperwork, but that was not my experience. They wanted to see her vaccination records, proof that she was microchipped and the Government Animal Health Certificate including the stamped photographs of my dog. They had me put this document (Government Animal Health Certificate) on the crate. Make sure you have copies so you can keep one yourself.

After he checked my paperwork, he walked with me to the security area where they scanned the crate. After that, I waited with the crate and my dog until about an hour before the flight when a Lufthansa staff member came to pick up my dog. At that point, I put the dog in the crate, sealed the crate door with tie-wraps and handed the dog over to the Lufthansa staff. I did not see her again until I arrived in Houston.

We had a lay-over in Frankfurt, and Lufthansa staff walked and fed my dog during the lay-over.


NOTE ABOUT THE CRATE:
The crate must be big enough that your dog can stand up in it and turn around easily. Before your flight, call your airline and ask them about crate requirements. We used a an airline approved dog crate from a company called Petmate and the model is a Vari-Kennel. Our dog has been sleeping at night in her crate all her life (though we normally leave the door opened) so for her it was not traumatic to be in the crate. I think it would be cruel to fly a dog without giving it some time to get used to being in a crate first, so you should probably buy your crate early and make it a positive place for your dog. Let him/her sleep in it and feed him/her in it. You are allowed to put a dog bed or absorption pads at the bottom of the crate. The airline will give you stickers to put on your crate that say “LIVE ANIMAL” and arrows to show which direction is up. We also attached a feeding bowl and a water bottle (like one you’d
find on a hamster cage but bigger) and we froze the water inside the bottle so that it would drip out when our dog licked it. You are allowed to provide some food and feeding instructions. We taped some food to the top of her crate. We also taped a leash to the top of her crate and asked that she be fed and taken for a walk during our layover. Finally, I recommend that you seal the crate with tie-wraps so that the door doesn’t come open at the airport or during the flight. We taped extra tie-wraps to the top of her crate so that it could be sealed again after the lay-over. Lufthansa told us that all these things were standard policy and people at the airline will help you, but we came prepared with all our materials so things went smoothly for us.

TIPS:
When you are about to board the plane, tell the airline employees at the gate that you are traveling with a dog. They can look up on their computer to see if your dog has been loaded onto the plane before you board. It’s a good idea for you to have someone on the ground in Mumbai just in case your dog does not get on board. In my case, my husband waited until after the plane took off and then verified again that the dog had really gotten on board before he left Mumbai. We didn’t want her to be left in Mumbai by herself if something went wrong.



AT THE AIRPORT IN THE USA

First I went through immigration and then I went to the normal baggage area to collect my bags. Then I went to the “oversized luggage” area to collect the dog. I was told to keep her inside the crate until after clearing customs.

Then I took my bags and the dog to customs. They pulled me aside and sent me to a separate room where the customs officials asked to see proof that the dog had been vaccinated against rabies. I showed them her vaccination records- and this is the only thing they wanted to see. They did not ask to see either health certificate nor did they ask about the screwworm statement. Basically, they just checked the rabies date and then waved me through. It was very easy.

I’ve flown my dog from the USA to India and back to the USA. Both times she was perfectly fine after each trip and did not seem at all troubled by the experience. I can’t say that all dogs will be fine, but my dog she had no problem at all. I really think the fact that she normally sleeps in her crate is a huge part of why my dog had no trouble traveling. I’m sure the flight was scary for my dog, but her crate is a safe and secure place that reminds her of home, so I’m sure that helped her. Other dogs were barking and whining at the airport, but my dog was just fine. Again, I strongly recommend that you get your dog used to the crate before you travel.
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wow. what great information! I give you a lot of credit! I know I would be absolutely crazy frantic if I was flying a dog or cat and something happened to it....

your posts should be made a sticky for all pet lovers to read.
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Carlaeb

The write up given by CARLEAB is excellent and I suggest that anyone wanting to take there pet along with them go through her detailed writing.

I will be travelling to Frankfort on 05.01.2011 by Lufthansa and have finally got all my paperwork and all other requirement in order. The procedure followed is very much as described by Carleab.

No documents are required from the Indian Government to take your pet as excess baggage on the same flight apart from the health certificate which has to be obtained from the Government Vet.

Go to the site www.igiacustoms.gov.in and click on "Customs at Departure" On the drop down menu click on "Taking Pets " and you will find the following

"Customs usually has no objection to taking pets along with however it must not be for commercial reasons and not prohibited or restricted under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

Do enquire about the regulations concerning import of pets of the country you are visiting. Also do contact the airlines in advance to make the arrangements for transporting your pet."

I personally would suggest Lufthansa airlines. The staff at Delhi offices has been extremely helpful. The airlines is very efficient. The Germans are very meticulous and are very fond of animals and have very strict laws. My friends tell me that the Animal Lounge at Frankfurt is one of its kind in the world and animals are well looked after.
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can u plz tell me about all the documents for taking my pet from India to USA
and from where should i get all the health certificates certified
from my personal vet or some special vet recommended by USA embassy in India
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It's all right here http://www.idaindia.org/taking-pet-overseas.htm
and on this very thread. You just need the paperwork from any veterinarian
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Gweilo, good to see you back in India Mike!! :-)
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Hi Birds! Happy holidays to you!
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Can I ask a question? What kind of locking mechanism did you have on the front gate of your crate? On the Lufthansa website it states very clearly that they will not accept the two finger pincher type locking device. Yet, we cannot find one retailer in all of India or Singapore who sells the round locking mechanism. We are scheduled to leave India in about 3 weeks.
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Maybe give them a call and explain that you can't find that kind, so you will secure the front gate with a plastic cable tie or something that can be cut at the destination. My crates all have those two finger pincher things. I didn't fly Lufthansa though.
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No documents are required from the Indian Government to take your pet as excess baggage on the same flight apart from the health certificate which has to be obtained from the Government Vet.
Hello Amarjeet,
I'm also trying to transport my 3 dogs out of India to Italy, and will probably use Lufthansa from Delhi. Was wondering if it is better to register them as cargo or as excess baggage? Who decides that, the airline or the traveller? As you travelled from Delhi, was wondering if you could suggest me any vet there who might help me with the procedures and certificates. Exporting a dog to Italy is very complicated...(I need to send the serum of the dogs to a lab in Italy first!

Thanx a lot!
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You should not do the sending blood by yourself but involve a vet with experience and contacts in exporting dogs. I do not know somebody in Delhi although I could imagine Friendicoes has dealt with this. If not you may want to contact Dr. Marilyn Estibeiro in Goa, she does it all the time.
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