Pet Passport Canada
REGULATIONS FOR TAKING A PET DOG OR CAT TO
There is no quarantine period for Your dog or cat, when entering Canada, however there is an inspection fee.
A current Canada Veterinary Certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian in either English or French and dated within 10 days prior to departure to Canada must accompany your pet.
Proof of vaccination is required including the date on which the dogs were vaccinated, that the vaccine was licensed by the country of origin of the dogs, and the trade name and serial number of the vaccine, and The certificate must be signed by the veterinarian and clearly identify his name.
Note: If the owner is not traveling with the pet, then certificate must be signed within 36 hours of the time the pet enters Canada.
FROM A RABIES FREE COUNTRY
Pet dogs eight (8) months of age or over from a Rabies-Free Country (officially recognized as such by Canada)
The certificate must clearly identify the animals and show that rabies has not existed in that country for the six (6) month period immediately preceding the shipment of the animals; and, the animals have been in that country for the six (6) month period or since birth.
The same applies to dogs that were originally from Canada and are being returned directly from a country designated by the Minister as having been free from rabies for not less than six (6) months. This would include dogs coming out of a quarantine imposed by the exporting country before that quarantine period is completed.
If the certificate is not provided, as an alternative, the animals could enter Canada subject to rabies vaccination.
FROM OTHER COUNTRIES
Pet dogs eight (8) months of age or over from countries where rabies is present (or not recognized officially rabies-free by Canada)
Dogs may enter Canada if accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued, in either English or French, by a licensed veterinarian from the country of origin, which clearly identifies the dogs and shows that they are currently vaccinated against rabies. This certificate should identify the animal, as in breed, colour, weight, etc., plus indicate the name of the licensed rabies vaccine used (trade name), serial number and duration of validity (up to 3 years). Please note that if a validity date does not appear on the certificate, then it will be considered a one year vaccine.
If the provisions above, an inspector will order the owner to have the animals vaccinated for rabies within a period of time specified in the order and to provide the vaccination certificate to an inspector, all at the owner's expense.
Pet dogs eight (8) months of age or younger from any country
Pet dogs accompanied by the owner between the ages of three* (3) and eight (8) months require endorsement for rabies if from a rabies free country, or if from a country that is not designated as Rabies-free. No additional endorsement is required.
Rabies vaccination or endorsement that the dog comes from a rabies-free country is not required if the animals is less than three (3) months of age.
Special purpose dogs
Assistance dogs that are endorsed as a guide, hearing or other service dog are not subject to any restrictions for importation where the person importing the dog is the user of the dog and accompanies the dog to Canada.
Fees are payable for inspection of dogs being imported into Canada from countries other than the United States. In certain cases, dogs imported from the United States will require inspection; inspection fees will apply. Upon arrival at the first port of entry in Canada, the dog and the accompanying paperwork will be inspected. The fee must be paid at the time of inspection.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet may be refused entry and the relevant authority in consultation with an authorized veterinarian can decide to return the pet home, or place your cat or dog in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for the pet, or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be arranged.
All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
Many countries have a unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the International Veterinary Certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
Find Veterinary Certificates for countries worldwide.
Although Canada does not require an ISO pet microchip, we strongly suggest microchipping your cat or dog prior to traveling.
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