The most important thing to know when moving your pet to India is that you are beginning a long and difficult process. The Indian government, represented in this instance by the Quarantine Office of each individual city, requires an extensive list of documents in order to authorize the travel of your pet into India. Each city also interprets these rules differently so there are varying time frames for when documentation is needed that depends entirely on your destination city.
It is very important to reach out to a Pet Relocation Counselor for assistance as soon as you begin planning for your travels into India. All pets entering India need to first receive a microchip. While any microchip type can be read, it is recommended that your pet receive a 15-digit ISO (International Standard) microchip. Then, all pets must be vaccinated against rabies, with the latest rabies vaccination being greater than 30 days old and less than one year old at the time of travel. Your pet will also need to have their General Vaccination; for dogs this is known as DHPP and Bordatella, for cats this is known as FVRCP. This vaccination must also be greater than 30 days old and less than one year old at the time of your pet’s travels. Then, when within 10 days of your pet’s travels, your pet must receive a health check from a government certified vet who will issue a health certificate. This certificate must then be endorsed by the governing authority. Please discuss with your Pet Relocation Counselor on how to best handle this requirement.
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