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Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam

bringing-pets-to-vietnam Tan Lap Floating Village in Long An

Admittedly, there is no better way to explore the exotic land of Vietnam with your best friend in the entire world - your beloved pets. In order to enjoy your trip to the fullest with an adorable company by your side, make sure to keep up with the information on bringing your pets to Vietnam.

Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam: Who is Your Friend?

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Who will make the journey with you?

Identify what type of animal that will travel with you will greatly help you retain your rights and ensure safety for your pretty fella. This task includes answering a handful of questions about your little (or not so little) friend. Is it a chubby dog or a fluffy cat? Or a bird? A piglet? How big or small that adorable guy is? Is it pregnant? Should your pet be kept at a certain temperature? Is it afraid of flying? Etc.

Keep in mind:

  • Some airlines only permit certain types of animals such as domestic dogs, cats, and birds.
  • Pregnant animals are not allowed on planes.
  • Due to the variations may occur in the temperatures, only certain breeds that are not susceptible to heat changes are allowed.

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Snub-nosed dogs such as boxers or Chinese pugs are not able to travel in case of extreme heat changes

Only when you have figured out the basic information can you seek the ultimate solution for your journey.

Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam: Before the Flight

Legal Requirements:

- Contact your airlines beforehand for any necessary documents and reserve your flight. Don't wait till last minutes

- Get an import permit from the Vietnamese Government before the flight to avoid any delays at the airport 

Preparations for your pets:

  • Have your pets fed 4 - 6 hours before departure to prevent any digestive problems. Besides, you should also give them some water right before getting on the plan because you are not allowed to take care of the pets during the flights.
  • There are quite a few precautions that must be taken when flying with your pets, but under no circumstances should you drug the animals as it will probably do harm to the health conditions.
  • Attach your name and contacts on your pets in case of mishaps.
  • Vietnam doesn't require a pet microchip, but it is advisable to implant one to your pets as the microchip’s number may be compulsory information for the paperwork to bring your pets to your home country or other countries.

Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam: Pets on Plane Procedure

Health Certificates: Vaccine certificate and Inoculation records

It is of vital importance that your pet is perfectly healthy and completely free from every transmittable disease and parasite. Have your pets vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to your trip to Vietnam, and it must be no longer than a year before your travel. All of the procedures, along with the microchip’s number, should be proven in a certificate in English. You can download a form online and have an accredited vet fill in.

The recommended vaccines are Distemper, Parvovirus, Canine Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Coronavirus and Leptospira for dogs, Panleucopenia, Calicivirus, Herpesvirus, Leukemia for cats.

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Have your pets vaccinated for communicable diseases

Upon arriving at the airport, you should also prepare a document of the “inoculation records”, which is the history of all the vaccinations ever injected in the pet. This includes the manufacturer and the batch number of the vaccine, as well as the administration and expiration dates if any.

Kennel Requirements

  • During a several-hour flight, you should properly equip your pet with a comfortable enough cage, and only qualified cages are allowed on the plane.
  • The kennel should be big enough for the animal to be able to stand up, lie down and turn around comfortably.
  • There must be adequate ventilation, and the interior must not have any sharp edges, which the pets can hurt themselves with.
  • It is mandatory that the cage is made with strong and solid materials such as fiberglass, metal or rigid plastics and the floor must be leak-proof.
  • The sides of the kennel are compulsorily solid. One side must be openable and must be locked carefully.
  • Any wheels on the kennel must be removed before the flight.

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Pets should be able to move easily inside the crates

You can choose whether you want to have your buddy travel on board or as checked baggage, but there are particular restrictions that must be met.

Pets on Board

Make sure to carry out a thorough research on information on bringing your pets to Vietnam, because certain airlines online accept pets on board, only when the passengers have made advanced reservations at least 36 hours ahead of departure. What is more, the animal must be at least 10 weeks old and the maximum total weight of the animal combined with the kennel is 6kg (~13lb). However, should there be any certified service dogs, they are allowed to accompany owners with disabilities, but they must sit in front of the passengers.

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Service dogs must sit in front of passenger’s seat

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Pets as Checked Baggage

If the weight of your pet combining with crate exceeds 6kg, then it must travel with you as check baggage. However, most airlines would not be allowed a cargo with the pet that is over 32 kg ( ~70 lb). Apart from that, almost the rest of the process follows a similar procedure as above, such as health certificates and kennel requirements.

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Animals over 6kg must travel as checked luggage

Take special measures in order to respect fellow passengers. In addition to the obligatory health checks, your pets must be well-behaved and not cause any harm to other animals or to passengers and their luggage. It is also a vital reminder to prevent offensive odors so as to ensure the most relaxing flight for everyone.

Check-in Procedure

The quarantine staff will examine the animal’s health status and base on the condition and the health certificates, the quarantine officer will issue a 'no entry ban' and then return the pet to the passenger.

Pets that do not meet these requirements may be returned to the home country, vaccinated, or quarantined.

Taking your pets back home follows a similar procedure. You need to be able to provide the health certification or have your pet vaccinated if necessary. Contact your airlines and your country of destinations for other essential requirements.

Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam: Pet-friendly Accommodations

It is a general fact that most hotels in Vietnam don’t allow animals, but it is certainly not impossible to find one that offers the finest service and is pet-friendly as well. We recommend hotels in city centers as not only they are convenient for your expedition of Vietnam, but they also cover almost every necessity. An extra charge may be applicable for the pets, but it shouldn't be too big of a problem.

Hanoi Astoria Hotel
Address: 151, Hang Bong, Hanoi

The hotel lies in the business area of the city, so it is especially convenient for you to explore the capital of Vietnam. It stands next to the Lake of Restored Sword and there are also theaters and traditional temples close by. You can have a drink by night time in the hotel’s bar at the clubs around the area. Hanoi Astoria Hotel offers not only a family-friendly atmosphere but also a dog - friendly accommodation free of charge.

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A suit in Hanoi Astoria Hotel

Greenwood Villa Saigon
Address: D6, Street No. 41, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
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The surrounding as green as the name - Greenwood

Greenwood Villa Saigon is a lovely villa that is on a tranquil, green-covered street, which is incredible for a leisure vacation in Ho Chi Minh. Apart from standard services, there are also sports and leisure facilities, which include fishing, cycling, and a garden area or an afternoon tea. The most excellent part? You can enjoy your laid-back vacation with your best friend on your side, as the villa allows pets accompanying with the visitors.

Sens House - Vinhomes Golden River
Address: 2, Nguyen Huu Canh Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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The outdoor pool of Sens House

Not only there are a vast, evergreen garden and barbecue facilities, but Sens House also offers an outdoor swimming pool and a sports center to help you attain your fitness even on vacation. There are famous landmarks just within walking distance from the apartment, such as the General Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Diamond Plaza. Pets are allowed on request, but a slight charge may be applicable.

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Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam: Pet’s Food

Although the pet’s market is not particularly thriving in Vietnam, it doesn’t require all the effort to find food for your pets. You can effortlessly stroll around the local supermarket for a few packets of quality dog or cat’s food. If you happen to be in big cities such as Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, you can check out Lottemart, Coopmart or Citimart.

Pet’s food can also be found at some pet stores or clinics. You can find quite a few shops in Ho Chi Minh City like Saigon Pet Clinic (33 Duong So 41, District 2), Pet Center (42 Cach Mang Thang Tam Street, District 3), and Little Dogs (523 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 3).

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Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam: Traveling with Pets in Vietnam

Domestic flights: For the time being, only Vietnam Airlines allow pets on board for business class passengers, Platinum Lotusmile members, or SkyTeam Elite Plus members. The paperwork for the pets also follow similar procedure and requirements as bringing your pets to Vietnam - do contact the airline and prepare the paperwork a few weeks before your travel. Vietjet also accepts pets but only as cargos.

Trains and buses: Public trains and buses in Vietnam only transport pets as cargos. The best solution is to book private transfer services that cost a little higher but allow much more flexibility. Look for private buses and taxis below:

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Riding a motorbike with your pets: Some types of motorbikes (mostly automatic bikes) have enough space to carry medium dogs. Do have your dogs leashed up and strapped on the bike securely to prevent them from jumping off the bike unexpectedly.

Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam: Pet Transportations Services in Vietnam

Bao Linh Express:
Address: 22B8 Dam Trau Street, Bach Dang Ward, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baolinh.express

The Animal Doctors:
Address: 1 Tran Ngoc Dien Street, Thao Dien District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
             826 Nguyen Van Linh Street, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
Website: https://www.theanimaldoctors.org/

Pet-related Facebook groups:

Saigon Pets Adoption: https://www.facebook.com/cuutrochomeo

Dog Lovers in Ho Chi Minh City: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1522115054746349/

Conclusion of Information on Bringing your Pets to Vietnam

It is quite a daunting task to have your pets travel alongside on your trip to Vietnam, so hopefully, the aforementioned guides can ease off the challenges. After all, the ultimate goal is to have a blast with your little buddy, so spending some time to do careful research is by no means a waste of your effort.

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Comments

Guest - Robbie on Sunday, 24 May 2020 12:42

Hello, would anybody be able to tell me if buses and trains allow dogs onboard?

Hello, would anybody be able to tell me if buses and trains allow dogs onboard?
Hoang Pham on Tuesday, 26 May 2020 17:59

Hi Robbie,

Trains and public buses generally don't allow dogs on board, unless they are transported as cargos - which I don't think you would want that for your pets. You can try looking for private transfers like taxi or limousine.

Hoang Pham from i Tour Vietnam

Hi Robbie, Trains and public buses generally don't allow dogs on board, unless they are transported as cargos - which I don't think you would want that for your pets. You can try looking for private transfers like taxi or limousine. Hoang Pham from i Tour Vietnam
Guest - Ben on Tuesday, 03 March 2020 10:53

What can I do if my dog weight is more than 32kg?

What can I do if my dog weight is more than 32kg?
Guest - PeeKay on Thursday, 30 January 2020 20:33

Can anyone tell me if you can take a cat to Vietnam with a tourist visa? What about the e-visa?

Can anyone tell me if you can take a cat to Vietnam with a tourist visa? What about the e-visa?
Guest - Susie Alejandro on Thursday, 30 January 2020 11:26

aww that picture of the yellow dog is very cute he's smiling

aww that picture of the yellow dog is very cute :p he's smiling :D
Guest - Kate Bell on Saturday, 26 October 2019 13:44

glad to know airlines in vietnam welcome pets

glad to know airlines in vietnam welcome pets
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