Pet Passport Korea
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to South Korea
Countries that South Korea recognizes as rabies free: Andorra, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brunei, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Finland, French Guinea, French Polynesia, Germany, Guadeloupe Island, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kiribati (Christmas Island), Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malaysia*, Maldives, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion Island, Saint Thomas, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.
If your pet has resided in one of the above countries for a period of not less than 6 months, or was born in one of these countries, the import requirements for taking a pet to South Korea are as follows:
- 15 digit ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip
- Rabies vaccination administered more than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to entry
- Blood Titer Test administered more than 30 days but less than 2 years prior to entry. If your pet has never been vaccinated or is a puppy getting their first vaccination, you should wait at least 30 days after fully vaccinated to get the Blood Titer Test. (only when entering Korea from countries other than those listed above)
- Veterinary certificate for Korea endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada respectively. If you are traveling to Korea from another country, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
- USA - USDA International Health Certificate (APHIS 7001)
- Canada - CFIA International Health Certificate
- European Union - EU Pet Passport
- Singapore - AVA Export Health Certificate/Permit
- Thailand - Thai Export Health Certificate
- Australia - DAFF Export Permit/Health Certificate
Please note that English is accepted as an alternative language, but no other foreign languages are
accepted. If your pet is traveling from the EU, we would suggest that you check with your embassy as to
what the proper form would be.
When you arrive at the international airport, you must go to the NVRQS(National Veterinary Research & Quarantine Service) office with your pet and its certificate for the purpose of quarantine procedure. Your pet will be released into your custody the same day provided that you submit the required Veterinary Certificate and upon inspection the pet is found to be healthy.
*Eastern portions of Malaysia (Peninsular Sabah and Sarawak).
Cats imported from Australia and cats and dogs imported from Malaysia
require an additional certificate confirming that the animal has been
kept in an area free of Hendra and Nipah viruses, or that the animal
produced a negative result in a Hendra and Nipah virus test. Without
such a certificate, the quarantine period will be extended by 21 days.
Pet birds must be quarantined for a period of 5 days unless they were held in quarantine in the country from which they came for a period of at least five days. In this case, the quarantine will be 1 day.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Korea, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the 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
Korea. 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 Korea. 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.
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