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Travel advice and guidance for visiting different countries with your dog

With the pandemic still at its peak in many parts of the world, travel restrictions are still in place as countries are frequently moved around between green, amber and red zones.

If you’re a holidaymaker, these tourism rules can be very confusing and cause quite a headache, especially if you plan to travel with a pet

Fortunately for tourists who want to take their pups abroad, experts at International Citizens Insurance have compiled some of the restrictions that different countries have in place for dogs.

Joe Cronin, President of International Citizens Insurance said: “Pets are amazing companions, whether people are travelling alone or in a group.



Travel rules for dogs can be quite confusing
Travel rules for dogs can be quite confusing

“For some people, bringing their dog with them offers them all of the comfort and security of home. For others, they want to bring their pet with them to embark on a new life abroad.

“Many people may be shocked to find out that if they own a dog which comes from a traditionally aggressive breed or a breed known for fighting, no matter how trained or calm they are, they may not be able to travel with them to certain countries.”

If you wish to travel overseas with your dog, it’s important that you explore the legislation for the specific country and ensure you have the correct insurance and follow all rules for your breed.

International Citizens Insurance have broken down some of the most popular destinations:

Australia



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Australia has a ban on breeds that were specifically bred for fighting, including:

  • Pitbull Terrier breeds

  • Dogo Argentino

  • Fila Brasileiro

  • Japanese Toso

  • Presa Canario

Australian law also prohibits the entry of domestic or non-domestic hybrid breeds (such as wolf crosses). A declaration must be signed by all travelers bringing a dog to declare that the dog is eligible.

Canada

Unlike many countries, Canada does not have a blanket ban on dog breeds. Instead, certain provinces prohibit certain dangerous dog breeds.

Canadian expats who are planning to move to Canada must ensure that they have the latest legislation. If they are traveling with a banned breed, it is important to ensure that their route does not pass through certain provinces.

France



This pup is ready to go
This pup is ready to go on a holiday

France categorises breeds into banned or restricted. France bans certain breeds as they are considered to be attack dogs. They cannot be imported.

Only dogs with a French pedigree that has been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry are allowed to enter France from the restricted breeds list. They are allowed to travel in the cargo area only.

Banned breeds:

Restricted breeds:

  • Pedigree Tosa Inu

  • Pedigree Staffordshire Terrier

  • Pedigree American Staffordshire Terrier

  • Rottweiler (Pedigree and Non-pedigree)

Mexico

Mexico doesn’t have a blanket ban on breeds across the country, however there is a list of regulations that any dog travellers must oblige by, including microchipping, rabies vaccinations and a parasite treatment.

If dogs are traveling from the United States to Mexico, they must have a valid health certificate.



Some countries outright ban fighting breeds
Some countries outright ban fighting breeds

Switzerland

Switzerland bans the import of dogs with cropped ears and docked tails. These dogs can be temporarily imported into the country for temporary stays but cannot move permanently.

Switzerland has laws that restrict travel to breeds considered predisposed to attacking. The following breeds are prohibited from being brought into Switzerland by travellers.

These breeds are:

United Kingdom

Travellers coming in or out of the UK will not be able to bring with them any of the dog breeds that have been banned in the country. The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 bans certain breeds of dogs that are considered too dangerous to own.

The below breeds are banned:

  • Pitbull Terrier

  • Japanese Tosa

  • Dogo Argentino

  • Fila Brasileiro

According to UK legislation, if a dog has visual characteristics of any of the above, it may be banned even if it does not match the breed.

You can find more information about all aspects of travelling with pets on the International Citizens Insurance website.

Travel advice and guidance for visiting different countries with your dog
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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