While travelling for some may prove to be a challenging feat, embarking on a journey with a pet may even be more perplexing. At the same time, travelling with a dog or cat that you treat as a family can definitely be rewarding and exciting. If you are an owner of a Westie and you plan to bring him/her to Thailand then here are some of the things you need to know beforehand.

how to travel with your Westie

Microchip Identification

The Ministry of Thailand requires all animals entering the country to have a microchip identification implanted before they travel. In case of your Westie, this is the only means of acceptable identification. However, a simple microchip won’t be deemed acceptable if it doesn’t comply with ISO Standard 11784. This is an international standard that regulates the RFID, or radio-frequency identification, of animals. It is important for the microchip to be implanted before the rabies vaccine is given to your dog.


Just like with humans, domesticated animals also need proper vaccination prior to travel to Thailand. Dogs and cats in particular need an inactivated rabies vaccination regardless of their breed so this includes Westies. Sami is one of the most popular Westie in the online world that loves to travel, whether by air or by road, which is why his humans ensure that he is properly vaccinated. When a rabies vaccination is already administered to your pets, obtain a certificate that indicates your pet’s microchip number, as well as when the vaccine is given, together with its validity. There are rabies vaccines that are good for a couple of years, while others are only good for a couple of months. It is also important to note that the vaccines should be an inactivated type of vaccine.

Aside from an inactivated rabies vaccine, dogs specifically need additional vaccines such as Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Hepatitis (DHLPP). These vaccines should be administered at least 21 days prior to the planned entry to the country. Your dog may need to be vaccinated again if they were given the vaccines for more than a year before the intended travel to Thailand.

Certificates and Permits

Apart from a microchip identification and proper vaccination, you need to secure a vet health certificate or what they also call as Form 7001. This should be filled out by an accredited veterinarian and issued within 10 days of the flight. You also need to process import permits together with your Westie’s health certificate. You will need to secure this from the Bangkok Animal Quarantine Station for your pet to be able to enter the country. This import permit is only valid for 45 days.

Travelling with your pets are oftentimes challenging because of several restrictions, as well as regulations, that vary from one place to another. Nevertheless, it can also be rewarding because your pets are considered as your most loyal companions. Hence, just keep in mind to be prepared with some of the things you need to know before embarking on a journey with your pets.