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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to China

NOTE: As of November 1, 2012, China has placed in effect a new rule that pets entering Beijing and Shanghai from the following countries may go into quarantine for a minimum of seven days even if they meet all the requirements of entry: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Brunei, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Comorin, Costa Rica, Cypress, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, French Guinea, French Polynesia, French Guadeloupe, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Libya, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, French Martinique, Kuwait,  Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, North Korea, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna.

A quarantine period of 30 days (7 days at quarantine station and 23 days at home) is required for pets entering China at Shanghai or Beijing from other other countries (see list below).

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter China.

Dog Passport China

Bringing a pet into China is somewhat complicated even if you have the proper veterinary health certificate and immunization record for the pet. We recommend you utilize the services of a company that specializes in the entry process and enter China at a no-quarantine zone. Doing so may alleviate the requirement for quarantine.

Foreigners with an employment visa may bring only ONE pet (cat or dog) per adult traveling into China. (two adults - 2 pets) If there are more than one pet per passenger or 2 pets total, the import is considered as commercial, and different rules apply.

The original passport of the owner must be shown during the clearance process if you are traveling with your pet. If your pet is traveling unaccompanied, your cat or dog passport must be received prior to customs clearance. Your pet can arrive in the cabin of the aircraft if your airline permits it.

You, as your pet's owner, must provide residential details in China and your pet is required to register with the police department in the city where you will reside.

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like China, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.

List of countries requiring 30 days of quarantine: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaikan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Georgia, Gambia, Ghana, renada, Greenland, Guinea-Bissau, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast,  Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldavia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Servia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea,Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syria, Takikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yeman, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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 China. 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 China. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

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 China does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling. 

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MiXFiT
Hi Pet Travel Store, I just purchased the pet passport documents for travel to China. I am leaving to China on July 1, 2013 and I have already booked my ticket with my small dog on Air Canada. He will be flying in the cabin with me due to the time of year and the fact that they do not allow pets in the cargo during summer season because of the heat. On the website I noticed that it said "your pet cannot arrive in the cabin of the aircraft." Will I run into trouble because of this? Thanks!
Posted on 2013-05-28 20:13:09.0

It should not be a problem as long as your airline allows it.
Posted on 2013-07-17 03:09:00.0
meboubou
Does anyone have any recent (since November 2012 at the latest) experience brining their pet into China? Through which-ever point of entry would be great info- but especially if anyone has recent experience with entering outside of Beijing or Shanghai (Chengdu, Guangzhou or Shenyang to name a few...) I hear different points of entry have different policies and that I may still be able to have 30 day quarantine at home.
Posted on 2013-07-17 05:59:39.0
kristina.duhane
If you entré china at Guangzhou, you don't have any quarantine at all.
Posted on 2013-07-29 09:58:38.0
cheryl.yeam
Hello Marie-Eve. Did you recently bring your pets into China? I will be doing that this fall and if you've gone through the process I'd be grateful if you could share any pearls of wisdom to make the process smoother for me. If so, would you mind emailing me? I'll send you a message with my email address. Thank you!
Posted on 2013-07-30 20:16:31.0
boondogsfun
Hi, My brother just married a Chinese and they want me to visit. I don't go anywhere without my dog. I see MiXFiT just traveled to China with a pet. How did that go? Thanks for any info.
Posted on 2013-10-10 23:22:57.0
PetTravel
Your pet will be subject to a 30 day quarantine when entering China. You will need a veterinary certificate and proof of rabies vaccination.
Posted on 2013-11-04 03:40:25.0
rei.barbour
I have moved to China and in a few months I am going home to get my cat and bring here back with me. I live in Chongqing and I will be coming back through Beijing with her. Will she need to be quarantined in Beijing or will they let her continue on to Chongqing?
Posted on 2013-11-16 12:55:18.0
frank.du.9
Wait, so by 30 days of quarantine. Does it mean that we keep the pet inside our home or place of residence or somewhere that they provide. If I only go there for a bit more than a month, then wouldn't that be pretty useless?
Posted on 2013-11-19 05:15:09.0
flor.dema.3
PetTravel , what that comment above , no quarantine if you arrive in Guongzhou?
Posted on 2013-12-16 15:03:24.0
PetTravel
She should be customs cleared in Beijing. She will be quarantined in The Animal and Plant Quarantine Station there.
Posted on 2013-12-27 20:40:18.0
PetTravel
No, there are quarantine quarantine facilities in Beijing and Shanghai.
Posted on 2013-12-27 20:42:36.0
azorez.cattery
I am looking for a quote for a 5 month old kitten to travel to Beijing..
Posted on 2013-12-28 07:50:03.0
PetTravel
We will need a few details prior to issuing a quote for transporting your kitten to Beijing. Please enter your details here: http://www.pettraveltransport.com/pettransportquote.html
Posted on 2014-01-01 14:56:11.0
ozden.ozberber
Kristina du Hane Hello, I need some help. I am moving to Hefei ( Anhui ) in February and I am bringing my cat with me. ( I am living in Turkey right now. ) If there are NO quarantine in Guangzhou I will try to get my connection over there. Please help! :( I am desperate because my cat doesn't have anyone exect me and he would die in quarantine :(
Posted on 2014-01-02 19:55:10.0
meboubou
Özden Özberber (and everyone else..) this is the first replies I see on my message. Watch out for Guangzhou- Though they have till now never applied the quarantine, they DO have a quarantine zone. It takes someone's swift change of mind for it to start being applied... Here is what I've shared on a couple of forums: The procedures are very literally straight forward, the best thing is to land in an airport that doesn't have a quarantine facility. Back in Canada, I got all the required shots, had my vet make sure she was healthy and happy. Once the vet filled out the form from the Ministry of Agriculture (Canada) I drove over to the regional office and had the ministry vet sign/stamp them. I flew Asiana Airlines LAX-Weihai, with a stop over in Seoul. The stop over was in the international zone, so no quarantine certificates were necessary. Once I past customs, I refused to have them X-ray her with other luggage... (Not as lucky for domestic flights sadly :( ) I provided my health certificate for inspection and was kindly asked to keep my cat at home for 30 days and not have her in contact with other pets. A visit to the vet was politely suggested after the 30 days to make sure she is happy and healthy. No fee's. No documents to sign. No quarantine. Easy as pie. (as long as you know how to make pie... haha.) Granted- I speak Chinese so the discussion with the customs officer went smoothly. BUT before I mentioned I spoke Chinese (I figured I'd play dumb and see first) he had started trying to explain everything in English.
Posted on 2014-01-03 02:54:19.0
meboubou
If you haven't done so already- just enter through a no-quarantine zone port.
Posted on 2014-01-03 02:55:23.0
meboubou
Ruben Schaart You also need a residency permit. If it's just a visit, leave your dog home- don't make him go through this.
Posted on 2014-01-03 02:56:29.0
ozden.ozberber
Marie-Eve Bourassa Hello again, and thank you for your detailled reply. Btw I decided NOT to move to China just because of my cat. Because I have to travel in cold winter and with Chinese Airlines which don't accept pets in cabin and only in cargo within your own responsibilities because of the weather and there's no guarantie that there will be no Quarantine in arrival ( My cat is very very attached to me and wouldn't survive no cargo flight for 12 hours+ 13 hours waiting in transit + 4 hours of transit flight and he wouldn't survive any quarantine ) So this may sound funny for you, but I decided not to move to China just because of my cat is more important to me than any job. I hope everything goes well with all your beloved friends. Best regards from Turkey - Istanbul
Posted on 2014-01-03 10:40:13.0
christopher.wang.102
PetTravel actually it's better if you don't reply "your dog will be subject to 30 day quarantine..." To every single post. In some cases, they will not be. Entering through shanghai or Beijing requires a quarantine yes. But in other cities there is NO quarantine, everyone should be aware of that. Shenzhen where I'm living has no quarantine. Also it should be known that only those with z visas can import dogs or cats into China, so if you don't have one, you need to have a person with a z visa bring in your dog or cat, and pleasd remember that it's only 1 import per person. Pet imports are difficult in China, but there is more reliable information then provided by this website.
Posted on 2014-01-18 08:29:30.0
meboubou
Christopher Wang It's why I posted my info below- I skipped the 30 day quarantine by entering China through WeiHai. It is true that some port cities are now subject to quarantine and owners have to pay for transport- I've hear accounts of people entering through Tianjin where they were asked to pay a fee for their pets to be transported to Beijing Quarantine. (Fact or fiction, I don't know. But better be safe than sorry...) That being said, my cat was not subject to any quarantine- only a nice request from the customs officer to keep her at home for 30 days, and then to see a vet to make sure she was healthy.
Posted on 2014-01-18 12:43:30.0
PetTravel
Flor de Ma There are ways to enter China without quarantine, but we cannot recommend them because too much can go wrong if you don't speak Chinese and know the local rules. What we would suggest is getting an agent to handle the transport. It will add to the cost, but we have done this several times with no problems. (we dealt with an agent who entered them in Chenzen through Hong Kong) If you need an agent, email me at sue@pettravel.com.
Posted on 2014-01-20 16:00:16.0
christopher.wang.102
PetTravel It's not even remotely difficult to get them through customs, without a quarantine as long as you are in possession of the health certificate, the rabies vaccine certification, and a Z visa. The ONLY cities that currently have quarantines now are shanghai and beijing. The other ones, as long as you have all the current papers, will be easily transported into China, and i know this from doing it a couple times, as well as Taiwan. Those needing info can contact me. It's best to contact your local animal import/export government office, and they will supply you with all the forms, as well as answer any questions.
Posted on 2014-01-20 20:06:44.0
PetTravel
Christopher Wang Well said, Christopher, and we have successfully imported pets through Shenzhen without quarantine as well with an agent. The response does assume that the pet is entering through Beijing or Shanghai and it should be mentioned that there are other cities that do not impose quarantine. However, many people don't speak Chinese and are not familiar with local customs such as you obviously are. Your comments are welcome and we thank you for them as they are very useful for other travelers with the caveat that it is not as simple as it might seem. That is why we recommend an agent to assist in clearing customs.
Posted on 2014-01-22 04:03:39.0
christopher.wang.102
PetTravel Okay, well is it possible i ask a question on behalf of my friend? she is bringing her dog to china to her boyfriends and she only has an l visa, however he has a z visa. so should she put it as excess baggage or ship it as cargo on the plane to him? she's wondering how her boyfriend would get it and sign for it from customs if she's just shipping it as excesss baggage not cargo?
Posted on 2014-01-22 04:06:57.0
PetTravel
Christopher Wang I would not recommend shipping as checked baggage if the owner cannot custom clear the pet.
Posted on 2014-01-24 17:46:10.0
JohnaEberhart
Please help me! I am orinially from USA, but going to China from Thailand. I have all my documents and flying to Weihai, but the problem is I only have a L visa. I wont be changing my visa till I get in China. What options do I have for the z visa requirement?
Posted on 2014-01-24 19:50:26.0
JohnaEberhart
Marie-Eve Bourassa I have to fly to Weihai Monday. Is the z visa required? Im freaking out.
Posted on 2014-01-24 20:18:27.0
JohnaEberhart
PetTravel what if you dont have a z visa? I have a L visa and flying into Weihai Airport
Posted on 2014-01-24 20:55:55.0
JohnaEberhart
Marie-Eve Bourassa did you HAVE to have a Z visa. I have a L visa and flying into Weihai.
Posted on 2014-01-24 21:00:20.0
christopher.wang.102
Johna Jones yes. It's stated on all forms you need a Z visa. If you have an L visa you will get sent back
Posted on 2014-01-25 00:36:12.0
PetTravel
Johna - you should hire an agent to customs clear you pet for you. I would inquire at IPATA.org. You can seach by country.
Posted on 2014-01-25 18:29:52.0
alba.gurtubay
Hi, I am traveling to Shanghai on March 3rd for 5 months. Despite going to work, my company will provide me of M Visa. My boyfriend will travel with me with the same Visa. We have 2 small dogs, and we will like they could came with us. I read in others pet import websites that we need a Z Visa to allow us entry with a dog. Is this true? or we can entry to the country with our dogs with the M Visa? Thank you!!
Posted on 2014-02-02 18:27:25.0
PetTravel
You will need a Z Visa to import your pets. You should consider getting an agent whi is properly licensed to clear your pets in China. You can find one at IPATA.org. They can also help you with arranging for quarantine for your pets in Shanghai if you enter the country through that city.
Posted on 2014-02-04 04:03:41.0
sharon.cordeiro
Hello, we are looking to relocate from UAE to Beijing and need to bring our pets with us. we have 5 pets in total, 3 dogs (1 german shepherd, 1 GSD/saluki cross and 1 small cross breed (12 kg's)) and 2 cats (Local UAE street cats who have been raised by us since they were about 4 week old kittens. I have read online about the Chinese law of 1 pet per household along with the fact that GSD's fall under the banned breed. Just want to confirm that this is true or not, if true then are there any allowances for expats or if not true then what are the necessary information I need to have. All my babies are vaccinated as per the UAE law, microchipped and annually registered with the government. Your guidance would be highly appreciated. Rehoming our babies is NOT an option for us.
Posted on 2014-02-20 09:26:20.0
PetTravel
Hi Sharon - it is our understanding that those entering China with a Z Visa (resident) are permitted one pet per adult (limit of 2 pets per family). Dogs must be licensed every year or they can be seized. Take a look at this article written last summer on owning a pet in Beijing: http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/blog/beijing-china-now-enforces-ban-against-41-breeds/?doing_wp_cron=1392950046.8850080966949462890625. We know of no exemptions for expats. It may be a good idea to get an agent to assist you should you decide to move forward with your move. It is always advantageous to be familiar with local rules.
Posted on 2014-02-21 02:42:30.0
gareth.mexico
Hello. I'm extremely concern because next august I'm relocating from Mexico to Shangai China. I will like to take my pet with me. Is a cat, but he is very nervous and I'm not sure he can take a 14hr flight. Do you know how do I should transport him? I have heard some vets sedate them for a few hours, Is this possible in such a long trip? Please send me some advice and help. Will be so appreciate it thanks.
Posted on 2014-03-09 21:16:22.0
amy.selina.5
Hi Gareth just saw this post and we are going through the same thing with our dog just now although we are taking him to the uk via Toronto. Can the flight be broken up at all ? I've heard sedating isn't a good idea and the animal won't be able to brace itself against bumps, turbulence etc. Maybe between now and then you can practice putting him in his travel cage so he gets used to it, we have taken our dog on bus trips just to get him accustomed to long journeys x
Posted on 2014-03-09 21:32:50.0
PetTravel
Gareth - we do not recommend sedating a pet and many airlines will not accept a pet in the cargo hold that has been sedated. The problem is that it slows their breathing and at high altitudes, that is not a good thing. The object would be to have your cat travel in the cabin if that is possible. I am not sure what route you are looking at, but if you want to layover for a night, it will be easiest to do so in the US (most of the flights I saw route through LAX and there are many direct flights from MEX to LAX with Delta, Aeromexico or Alaska Airlines). If you do clear customs in LA, then you have the option of switching airlines for the rest of the trip. China Airlines has a 17 hour route through Beijing, but they will not accept pets in the cabin. Korean Air may, but there is a 10 hour layover in Seoul. You will need to stay in the secure area of the airport because Korea has very strict rules regarding the import of pets. Hope this helps a bit. These are just suggestions that will hopefully pan out for you. Let me know if you have other questions.
Posted on 2014-03-10 03:02:45.0
PetTravel
Amy Selina Amy - if you are locating to the UK and want to fly directly there, your pet must arrive as manifest cargo. Not sure how large your dog is, but many people fly to Calais or Amsterdam and take the ferry. That way, smaller pets can travel in the cabin. Your suggestions regarding taking your dog out of its environment on short trips are super.
Posted on 2014-03-10 03:05:16.0
solveig.i.meyer.3
Hello Pettravel, I just need some advice. I am currently living in kunming china on an L visa which no longer exists (we got them right before they were grandfathered). Our visas are valid for a year, and we plan to go back to the US for a couple months before returning to kunming and getting student visas. In order to return to china however, we must bring our dog. She is a white lab mix and an unofficial psychiatric service animal. She is registered at Banfield and is up to date on all vaccinations and is also microchipped. Is banfield USDA approved? I would like to get her licensed as a service animal when i am in the US. My main question is how to bypass the visa and quarantine requirements. Multiple people have told us that if we take Korea air to seoul and then a connecting flight from seoul to kunming, there will be no quarantine as there arent facilities in the city to do so, so they do 'home quarantine' for 7 days. In other words, fake quarantine. Do you know anything about this? Also, we will have students visas, not residence visas, so Im not sure how to bypass that. We don't have a ton of money so we need to find the most cost effective and efficient way to go about this. Any advice would be very helpful; she is so dear to us.
Posted on 2014-03-11 09:35:41.0
mark.schulte.9678
One phrase stuck out to me: "Foreigners with an employment visa". I am relocating to Shenzhen and will have an F Visa for the first several months. That visa is for business travel but is not the same as a Z visa which allows the bearer to get a residence permit and work for a Chinese company. Do I have to have a Z visa to bring my cat to China?
Posted on 2014-03-11 21:42:40.0
PetTravel
Solveig - it is true that there are provinces in China that are not quarantine zones. Two examples of this are Shenzhen and Guangzhou. We have arranged this successfully but through a licensed agent in China and the visa was not an issue. You may want to consider going to IPATA.org and searching for an agent in China who can customs clear your pet. It will add to your cost, but these agents are very familiar with local procedures.
Posted on 2014-03-12 03:24:37.0
PetTravel
It is our understanding that you do need a Z Visa to clear your pet. We would suggest you contact a licensed agent in China to clear your pet through customs. You can find one at IPATA.org.
Posted on 2014-03-12 03:26:20.0
mark.schulte.9678
PetTravel, I tried to look for a licensed agent, but I'm not sure how to go about it. Is there a list somewhere I can reference?
Posted on 2014-03-12 22:05:14.0
PetTravel
Mark Schulte Go to www.IPATA.org. Look for a link that says MORE under Search for Transporters. There is a search by country feature. When a list comes up, you can click on the plus ("+") sign for contact information. If you need additional help, email me at sue@pettravel.com.
Posted on 2014-03-13 03:23:53.0
elise.hollingsworth
Hi, I am currently living in China and am likely to be here for the next 2+ years. I am a dog person and as I see a lot of dog people with international experience on this site I was wondering what peoples thoughts are on adopting rescue pets when overseas. Any animal rescued would come back to Australia with me (however Australia is a pain in the butt with our customs and the dog would have to go through Hong Kong or Taiwan before Australia). Advice or feedback would be appreciated
Posted on 2014-03-15 15:18:28.0
PetTravel
Elise - no matter how far you plan in advance, it is a real process to bring a pet to Australia. That said, if you are fortunate to have 6 months, get a titer test in advance and that will cut down quarantine time to 10 days. There are plenty of other tests as well, but pet owners go through it all the time. DAFF is very supportive.
Posted on 2014-03-19 03:28:58.0
ninna.odehag
Hi, I am going to export two puppies into China and I am desperate for some advice in how to make this work. How old must the puppies be? They are flying cargo (= they will be picked up by their new owner i China). The puppies are flying from Sweden, they will transfer in Beijing to Guangzhou - but will they be stopped in Beijing and be put in quarantine?
Posted on 2014-04-03 17:34:46.0
PetTravel
Hi Ninna - in order to avoid 7 days of quarantine, the pups must enter China through Guangzhou and avoid Beijing. Generally, rabies vaccinations are given at 3 months. The puppies must wait 1 month before entering China, so the minimum age would be 4 months. If the puppies were sold to the new owner, it may be considered a commercial transaction. An agent would certainly ensure a smooth customs clearance should the new owner be in favor of that. Let me know.. sue@pettravel.com.
Posted on 2014-04-07 04:31:55.0