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What do I need to take my granddaughter and a cat to Canada?

by Patricia
(Surfside Beach, SC)

Question: I plan to be in New York State in June and would like to go on to Magnetawan, Ontario to visit my sister for a week.

I have custody of a granddaughter and I have been told by another grandmother that she takes her granddaughter over often and only has her birth certificate. Can I take her if I have a birth certificate and custody papers?

I also would like to know what is involved for a cat we will have with us. If she has her shots and a vet bill, would these be enough?

Answer: Minors age 16 and under who enter Canada by land or sea only need to present proof of U.S. citizenship such as a birth certificate. Passports are required when traveling by air independent of the child's age.

If you take a pet cat at least three months old from the United States to Canada, you must have a certificate to show that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies within the last three years. The certificate has to be dated and signed by a veterinarian, and it must identify the animal by breed, age, sex, coloring, and any distinguishing marks. Animal tags are not acceptable in place of certificates.

If you take a pet cat under three months old from the United States, you do not need a certificate, but the animal has to be in good health when it arrives.

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