Pet insurance policies are underwritten by Markel American Insurance Company.
Follow Us
Woman with cat in carrier bag traveling

Pet travel requirements clarified

Q: We are moving to Central America in the fall with our cat, Katrina. What do we need to know?

A: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the US Department of Agriculture has a website to help you:

The APHIS Pet Travel website explains the regulations governing pet travel between states and between the US and other countries. It’s easy to determine what’s necessary to move Katrina to her new home: Simply visit the website, choose your destination country from the drop-down menu, and click view requirements.

The destination country determines what regulations apply to importing an animal into their country. So, just to be sure, contact the consulate of your destination country and your airline to see if any additional requirements apply.

The next step is to accustom Katrina to traveling in her carrier. Start now by feeding her there, and add a fluffy towel or bed cushion to encourage her to sleep there. Spraying a comforting pheromone—like Feliway—in her carrier, and take her for rides in the car so she learns to relax during travel.

Editor’s Note: Traveling with pets can be both stressful for you and your furry friend. To help alleviate the stress, here are some useful tips for traveling with your pet by plane, train or automobile.

If she has any medical conditions, your veterinarian can advise you about the additional care she’ll need while traveling.

Lee Pickett, V.M.D. practices companion animal medicine in Pennsylvania. Contact her at

Tips For Housebreaking Your Dalmatian | Figo Pet Insurance

Dalmatian puppies—known for being stars...

Scarf’d: Mother Cluckin’ Good Chicken And Waffles For Pets

Mother’s Day is for the moms (fur, human...

Roam: Travel To Pet Friendly Atlanta, Georgia | Figo Pet Insurance

Atlanta is iconic for a lot of things—the...

More From Figo Blog
Scarf’d: Mother Cluckin’ Good Chicken And Waffles For Pets

Mother’s Day is for the moms (fur, human,...

Dog Breed Profile: Getting To Know The Beagle | Figo Pet Insurance

Playful. Energetic. Family friendly. Ears as...

Cats On Glass: Flipping Your Feline Perspective Upside Down | Figo Pet Insurance

Cats on glass objects like tables and shelves...

Five Ways Owning A Cat Is Good For You | Figo Pet Insurance

There are almost as many ways to describe cats...

Choosing A Pet-Safe Ice Melt | Figo Pet Insurance

Baby, it’s cold outside! Time to break out the...

Boston terrier sitting alert on a bed

What’s your dog saying when she puts her ears...