Pet Passport China
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, United Kingdom, 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).
- China does NOT currently require a microchip, however we expect this to change at some point in the future.
- Your pet must be vaccinated between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering the country.
- Within 14 days of travel, a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian then completes the China International Health Certificate for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included for endorsement.
- Owner's passport must be presented at the time of clearance. The name on the passport must match the owner's name on the health and rabies certificates.
- Pets traveling unaccompanied as manifest cargo will require an Import Permit. The permit should be obtained by someone acting on behalf of the owner or an agent in 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 7 days of 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.
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 China does not require a pet microchip, we strongly recommend that you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling.
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