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Pet Shipping To India

Packing up your life and relocating to a new country is stressful, emotional and downright scary. If you’ve never been to the country where you are moving, it means you don’t know much about their culture or their laws. Doing a little bit of research prior to the move will help you prepare without wasting time.

 As you prepare for your move, take into account whether or not your pet can move with you.

Pet Import Laws

The following are the pet import laws imposed by India:

  • Rabies vaccination and certificate: all pets being imported to India must have an original rabies vaccination certificate with it. The certificate must have the date the pet was vaccinated and the length the vaccination is good for (one year, two years, four years).
  • Microchip: All pets being imported to India must have a microchip. This is the only form of identification acceptable when bringing a pet into India. The microchip installed in the pet must be in compliance with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO Standard 11785. If the microchip does not comply with this, the pet will need to be shipped with a scanner on its crate.
  • Vet Health Certificate: This is Form 7001 and must be filled out by your veterinarian, which must be USDA accredited. The form must be issued within 10 days of your flight to India. The pet cannot have any signs of Distemper, rabies, tuberculosis, Aujossky’s disease, Leishmaoiasis and Leptospirosis.
  • Annexure I or II Certificate: Within 10 days of the flight, your USDA accredited veterinarian must issue this certificate. The Annexure I is for dogs and the Annexure II is for cats.
  • USDA Endorsement: You must obtain endorsement from the USDA before shipping your pet to India. The microchip implantation record, Vet health certificate and rabies certificate must all be sent to the USDA for approval.
  • No Objection Certificate: This is a temporary permit issued in India that allows you to bring pets into the country.


Are you planning a move to India with a pet? If so, contact Universal Relocations to discuss the next steps before making concrete plans.

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