Pet Passport Canada
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Canada
Domesticated dogs and cats entering Canada from the following countries:The countries officially recognized as such by Canada as rabies-free include: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Finland, Iceland, Ireland (Republic of), Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (Netherlands Antilles), Saint Pierre et Miquelon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland), and Uruguay.
- Proof of current rabies vaccination (If the certificate is not provided, as an alternative, the animals could enter Canada subject to rabies vaccination at the owner's expense.)
- A current 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. If you are not traveling with your pet, then certificate must be signed within 36 hours of the time tyour pet enters Canada. The certificate must clearly identify your pet(s) and show that rabies has not existed in the originating country for the six (6) month period immediately preceding the shipment of tyour pet; and, the animals have been in that country for the six (6) month period or since birth.
- Certificate of health issued 72 hours or less prior to entry. (Required only for dogs not accompanied by their owners.)
The same requirements apply to dogs that originated from Canada and are being returned directly from a country designated by the Minister as having been free from rabies and living there for not less than six (6) months.
Dogs and cats entering Canada from non-rabies free countries:
- 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. There is no waiting period after the vaccination is given. Canada does recognize the three year rabies vaccination. Please note that if a validity date does not appear on the certificate, then it will be considered a one year vaccine.
- Veterinary certificate of health issued 72 hours or less prior to entry. (Required only for dogs not accompanied by their owners.)
If you are traveling to Canada with a dog between the age of three (3) months and eight (8) months, please see additional instructions below.
Dogs between three (3) and eight (8) months of age or younger from any country:Due to the problems with puppy mills and the movement of puppies, Canada is very sensitive to dogs entering the country between three (3) and eight (8) months of age and will assume that, if you, as the owner of your dog, are not traveling with your dog, it will most likely be considered a commercial shipment by customs and be subject to a microchip and an Import Permit. One exception to this requirement involves puppies traveling from the United States entering Canada for competitions. In addition to the requirements above, the person responsible for the pet must also show proof of entry into a competition. If this proof is unavailable, then the owner must obtain an Import Permit issued from the CFIA office in the province in Canada to which they are traveling.
Entering Canada with puppies under three (3) months of age:Dogs and cats under three (3) months of age are exempt from import requirements.
Medically Certified Guide Dogs:
Assistance dogs that are endorsed as a guide, hearing or other service dog are not subject to any restrictions for importation when the person importing the dog is the user of the dog and accompanies the dog to Canada.
If you are traveling to Canada with a dog or cat non-commercially for a set period of time, you will need to provide evidence that you will be leaving the country with your pet at that time.
Banned Breeds: American Staffordshire Terriers, Pit Bull Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are banned from entering or transiting Ontario or Toronto.
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.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Canada. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Canada. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a
turtle or parrot, you should verify that
it is not protected under the
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna
and Flora (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
Pet Microchip: Although Canada does not require a pet microchip unless the import is deemed commercial, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling.blog or forum.
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