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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on 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, 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).

This completes a passport for your dog or cat to enter China unless your pet is traveling unaccompanied as manifest cargo. In this case, and import permit will be required.

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 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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The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to China. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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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
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
If you entré china at Guangzhou, you don't have any quarantine at all.
Posted on 2013-07-29 09:58:38.0
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
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
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
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
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
PetTravel , what that comment above , no quarantine if you arrive in Guongzhou?
Posted on 2013-12-16 15:03:24.0
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
No, there are quarantine quarantine facilities in Beijing and Shanghai.
Posted on 2013-12-27 20:42:36.0
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
We will need a few details prior to issuing a quote for transporting your kitten to Beijing. Please enter your details here:
Posted on 2014-01-01 14:56:11.0
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
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
If you haven't done so already- just enter through a no-quarantine zone port.
Posted on 2014-01-03 02:55:23.0
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
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
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
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
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
Posted on 2014-01-20 16:00:16.0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Johna - you should hire an agent to customs clear you pet for you. I would inquire at You can seach by country.
Posted on 2014-01-25 18:29:52.0
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
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 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
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
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: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Posted on 2014-03-12 03:26:20.0
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
Mark Schulte Go to 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
Posted on 2014-03-13 03:23:53.0
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
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
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
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..
Posted on 2014-04-07 04:31:55.0
Hi, I live in Mainland China and would like to know if there are any other countries in the region other than HK and Macau that would allow me to import my 2 dogs with minimal quarantine (and expense) in order for them to be eventually imported to Australia. I have been doing lots of research on this and things are starting to get very confusing -especially the order of things that are required (tests, vaccines etc). I know that Aussie laws are tough - that the dogs are required to come from a category 3 country (which China is not) - but I'm wondering if there is any way to somehow bypass the lengthy and costly quarantine by firstly importing them to another region - Taiwan? other parts of Asia that would be less costly than HK? Thanks in advance. :-)
Posted on 2014-04-29 07:23:36.0
Georgia - you are right that it is not easy to take a pet to Australia from Asia as many countries do require lengthy quarantine. Australia will accepts pets from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah or Sarawak. There is a limited quarantine period for healthy pets. We have not yet heard of anyone who has had personal experience doing this, however. Additionally, there may be residency requirements to consider.
Posted on 2014-05-02 02:13:59.0
Christina - we have had an agent clear pets in Guangzhou without the owners having a z visa, but they are licensed representatives of the owners. One of the most difficult areas in pet transport is enforcement as it can vary so greatly. It appears in many Asian countries that they are trying to discourage the designer puppies that are being resold. They are interested in residency credentials.
Posted on 2014-05-02 02:22:18.0
I'm hoping to fly through China (3 hours in transit) from Taiwan on the way to Europe. Lufthansa allow dogs in cabin but he will be in the hold for the flight to China. I will then have to retrieve him from the baggage area, therefore officially entering China even if only for a few minutes. Is this possible? Would I need any extra documents? Any advice greatly appreciated!
Posted on 2014-05-19 18:08:33.0
Hi Warren - the next stop after baggage claim is customs clearance and you will need to conform to China's regulations. It will also require quarantine if you are landing in Shanghai or Beijing. It may be wiser for your pet to continue flying as checked baggage for the transit through China as long as your layover does not exceed 2 hours and the airline will hold your pet. Be sure and confirm with Lufthansa.
Posted on 2014-05-20 02:42:40.0
I will be returning from Taiwan to the US and flying through GuangZhou. We have 2 cats and a dog. We have gotten all of their vaccines done and will get the export permit from Taiwan prior to leaving and have all requirements for entry into the US. We have a 4 hour layover, but will not be entering through customs or retrieving our animals during this time. The airline told us that we need a transit permit for the animals to transit through China, but I can't find any information regarding this anywhere and the airline was unhelpful regarding this issue. Do you have any further information regarding transfers/layovers in China?
Posted on 2014-05-20 05:07:50.0
Many thanks for your reply. Our dog is too timid to stay in cargo for the duration of the journey and we worry that he may not survive. Do you think that going through Guangzhou would be any easier? Or is there a better Asian country to transit?
Posted on 2014-05-20 09:56:16.0
What is the quarantine for dogs coming from Taiwan? How many dogs per person are allowed. I cannot see any info about coming from Taiwan.
Posted on 2014-05-20 17:17:58.0
Maybe you don't need anything since they think you're part of China?
Posted on 2014-05-21 20:03:20.0
Warren Riches There are easier countries to transit than China. Where are you traveling to in the EU?
Posted on 2014-05-23 04:06:35.0
Brian - We have inquired as to the transit permit and there is a permit required for pets on domestic flights in China. It is called an Animal Travel Permit. (?????????? We are inquiring as to where to apply for it.
Posted on 2014-05-23 04:09:04.0
PetTravel - Thanks so much for your support. You are life savers!
Posted on 2014-05-23 07:05:38.0
Hi there Pet Travel! I am moving to Beijing in August and I have a cat that I'd like to bring. Due to travel plans prior to this, I was hoping I could have my friend bring the cat when she comes to visit from our old home in South Korea a few months after I start work. Since I am the one with the employment visa, will she be able to bring the cat in at the airport?
Posted on 2014-06-02 07:12:43.0
Hello, I am bringing my pet Chihuahua to Shenzhen but will be entering via HK international airport. Do I still need a transit permit? Does Shenzhen require 30 day quarantine like that of Beijing and Shanghai? Where do I get a copy of the China International health Certificate that will be completed by a USDA certified vet?
Posted on 2014-06-03 00:59:38.0
I'm actually in the same province, and I want to bring my cat over from the states, but I'm not sure where to go to find the information about quarantine in Liaoning...any help??
Posted on 2014-06-04 07:27:23.0
Hi Victoria - you will need transit papers in HK if your flight number is changing. Your pet should not have to go through quarantine in Shenzhen if you have an agent handle the clearance for you. Although it will add to the cost, unless you speak fluent Chinese, then it is a difficult procedure. You can find one at should you decide to get a quote. We have the health certificate for a very minimal charge here: You must get it endorsed by your state USDA office.
Posted on 2014-06-05 02:16:30.0
Amy Beth - If your girlfriend does not have a Z visa, there may be problems. Using an agent to clear your pet would most likely solve those problems as their license can preclude the visa requirement. Try and search for a pet transporter in China. Their contact info is there and you can ask for a clearance quote.
Posted on 2014-06-05 02:26:34.0
Brian - you can get the permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
Posted on 2014-06-05 03:00:02.0
Katie - the regs state that there are 2 pets allowed per family and each member must have a Z visa. The only way we know of to deal with this requirement is to get an agent to clear your pets through customs. You can find one at and search for a pet transporter. They can also assist with dealing with quarantine requirements as they do vary depending on where you enter China.
Posted on 2014-06-05 03:04:28.0
Megan-Elise Gibbs Megan - would suggest you get an agent to clear your cat. Their license precludes the need for quarantine in most cases. and search for a pet transporter.
Posted on 2014-06-05 03:12:45.0
Liza - one dog per person. Same requirements as other countries listed. Use of an agent can help with quarantine requirements.
Posted on 2014-06-05 03:35:41.0
Hello, i am going to be organizing to send my pets from guanzhou china to south africa. Do i need to register my pets before they leave the country? I know what the requirements are on the south african side but does anyone know what the procedure is on the china side for exiting with pets? What documents i will need etc? Any help would be most appreciated. I am in guanzhou.
Posted on 2014-06-12 06:42:07.0
Hello I am sorry if I missed this I have seen different things. Yes or No on Quarantine for Canines entering China from USA. I have been approached about making a trip there and bringing a dog with me then end of August. Thank you so much for your help.
Posted on 2014-06-12 13:15:36.0
Mark - it really depends on where you are entering China. Shanghai and Beijing will require quarantine, but there are rabies free areas where an agent can most likely clear your pet without quarantine. However, it is complicated and difficult if you do not speak the language and if you don't have a working visa.
Posted on 2014-06-13 03:48:51.0
You will most likely need a microchip, rabies vaccination and blood titer test to get an export certificate. Check with a vet hospital nearby.
Posted on 2014-06-13 03:53:08.0
Hi Pet Travel. Super useful topic and thanks for answering questions. My problem is a bit different. I live in Chengdu China and a trying to move my pet to Shenzhen. I bought a plane ticket but was later informed that my cat couldnt travel with me. So far I have been trying to find someone who could take her by train but I'd much prefer if someone could simply fly her to me. Do you know of any companies that will provide this service domestically? I've only found international services. And what are the requirements (shots, etc) for her to fly? Thanks a lot.
Posted on 2014-06-27 22:50:22.0
Tina - what airline are you flying? Why did they tell you your cat could not travel with you?
Posted on 2014-06-29 17:24:51.0
PetTravel I bought y ticket through ctrip. apparently I have to buy it directly from the airline if I want to bring her with me. Now I already bought the ticket so I need to have her couriered. I think the airline is China Air
Posted on 2014-06-29 17:48:26.0
Tina - not familiar with ctrip, but, if the airline is telling you that your pet cannot travel with you as accompanied checked baggage, contact the cargo department and ask if your kitty can travel as manifest cargo. Your cat will travel on the same flight as you and you should confirm this.
Posted on 2014-06-30 23:42:24.0
Hello. I'm moving to the China from the United States and, aside from the documents mentioned above, is there an import permit that I need to take care of? I have a Z Visa to work in China and I am leaving on July 26. My dog's health certificate will be endorsed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and I will get that a few days before I leave. I was also told that the 30-day quarantine can be done at my place of residence since I'll be arriving in Guangzhou -- where I will live. Will that be the case? I understand there are different rules depending on what city you arrive at (and rules change all the time). I appreciate any advice on this. It's probably the one thing that's making me anxious because I don't want any unexpected complications.
Posted on 2014-07-07 06:41:27.0
Other than Guanzhou, what other airports close to Shanghai do bot require us to quarantine our dogs? If we must land in Guanzhou, is there a problem flying from there to Shanghai without having to have the dogs quarantined?
Posted on 2014-07-10 18:15:44.0
Jon - one of the requirements to import a pet into China is a Z Visa or an agent's license. Pets entering Shanghai and Beijing from the US are quarantined, but Guangzhou is a quarantine-free zome. That said, you might consider the services of an agent to clear your pet if you are anxious or if there will be language issues. You can find one at Search by country.
Posted on 2014-07-13 09:52:39.0
Guanzhou is the entry point that we have used and hear about most often. Your second question would lend itself to an easy answer that once you are cleared in Guanzhou, it is a domestic flight to Shanghai and so quarantine would not be required. However, customs clearance anywhere in China can be difficult and having no local address in Guanzhou may be an issue. Will verify.
Posted on 2014-07-13 09:56:43.0
Jacqueline - it is possible to clear your pets in Guanzhou and travel on to Shanghai without quarantine, but we cannot recommend that option without the assistant of an agent to clear them in Guanzhou as it is complicated and that is how we have done it. If you need a reference, we would be happy to provide one. Email
Posted on 2014-07-15 04:00:14.0
Since my husband would be the only person working and I am accompanying him, would we still be able to bring our two dogs to China? Would we both receive a Z visa?
Posted on 2014-07-15 15:43:04.0
Jacqueline - that would be a question for the company your husband is working for. Ask them if they can recommend an agent to clear your pets through customs. It is a difficult process, especially if there are language issues.
Posted on 2014-07-19 20:49:22.0
A different spin on this. My wife is Chinese and a Citizen of China (Beijing Hukou). She is also a permanent resident here in the U.S. We want to retire to China and have two cats. I won't be traveling on a Z-Visa, but rather a regular visitor visa with my wife applying for residency for me after the fact. How can we bring both cats with us if I won't have a Z-Visa? Should we have her adult son return with us and use him for one of the cats?
Posted on 2014-07-31 00:01:42.0
Craig - your situation is complicated, and it is difficult to recommend a solution. The safest way is to have a licensed agent customs clear you though Guanzhou however, it would be more expensive. We have had licensed agents clear pets for owners traveling to China without Z Vizas or quarantine. However, if this is not something you can consider, then certainly, having your wife's son accompany you with a Z Viza would help. Clearing customs in China is not a simple process, but having your wife with you who speaks the language would also help.
Posted on 2014-08-02 02:08:50.0
I have read that one needs an "Application for Importing a Pet" from the Administration of Entry and Exit Inspection and Quarantine Office, is this accurate and where can I obtain it? I am 10 days out from my flight to Shenzhen. I have: my passport with Z Visa, residence certificate (in the passport), rabies certificate, International Health Certificate from the USDA, vaccination records, photo (next to a ruler), letters from my landlord and employer, 1000RMB customs fee, and the proper documentation required by the airline. All that's (possibly) missing is the application for importing a pet. Please advise with any information you may have about this document. Thank you so much!
Posted on 2014-08-02 22:01:57.0
DeTonia - permits are only required for pets arriving as unaccompanied manifest cargo to China. As you are accompanying your pet, it should not apply.
Posted on 2014-08-04 03:21:27.0
Hi, do you have current information on what the quarantine practice is at Jinan International Airport, Shandong?
Posted on 2014-08-04 07:11:09.0
Elizabeth - from what we understand, there are only quarantine facilities built at Shanghai and Beijing Airports. There are plans to add them to other airports.
Posted on 2014-08-07 03:02:56.0
How do i go about bringing 4 pets into china.... is there a province where you can import more than 1pet per passport?
Posted on 2014-08-23 04:58:46.0
Is it off to China now?
Posted on 2014-08-23 06:35:28.0
Lisa - we are not aware of anyway to get around the limitation, but would suggest that you contact a licensed agent in China and inquire. You can find one at Search for a pet transporter.
Posted on 2014-08-25 03:56:14.0
We are flying from DC to Mongolia. But there is a layover in China. Will the Chinese officials quarantine him for a few hours of layover? Is there a check list of documents I should have to avoid quarantine? Instead of bringing him as a carry-on, what if we bring him as a cargo?
Posted on 2014-08-25 19:16:00.0
Agi - better to travel with your pet in the cabin with you if possible. As long as you are flying in and out of China on the same airline, you should not have to enter the country. What city in China are you transiting?
Posted on 2014-08-26 04:32:55.0
I'm flying from Korea and have a 4 hour layover in China in which I have to change airlines to fly to Canada. What do I need to get?
Posted on 2014-08-28 15:43:15.0