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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 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:

The following countries have forms issued by the official government veterinarian which are accepted in South Korea:

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.

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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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We will be moving to Korea in 2 months. I was wondering is the a no travel time in which you make pets wait 180 days after getting blood tests done before they can fly to Korea? My vet thought this was a regulation or requirement and now I am freaking out. Please help me out!
Posted on 2013-07-16 23:37:42.0
Hello there....My nieces (leaving in Switzerland) bought a dog while vacationing in Korea. The Korean Vet gave them a passport with all the required vaccines. What kind of procedures will they have to face while arriving in European soil? (they will arrive in Paris then will take another plane to Switzerland) ... THANK YOU !!!!!
Posted on 2013-10-27 18:28:17.0
le chien sera peut-etre sous quarantine. Ils vont ca in USA et UK, mais europe continental faut regarder le pays de destination. Suisse donc?
Posted on 2013-10-27 21:46:29.0
Because Korea is considered by the EU to be a country with a high incidence of rabies, here is the procedure that must be followed to enter the EU. The steps must be followed in order. First, a 15 digit microchip must be inserted, then a rabies vaccination must be administered. No sooner than 30 days after the vaccination, a Blood Titer test is administered and processed by an approved laboratory. Assuming acceptable results, your dog can enter the EU 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. An Annex II form for France and a veterinary certificate for Switzerland will be filled out by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel and is endorsed by the country veterinarian. If you need instructions and forms for both countries, you can find them at
Posted on 2013-11-08 21:55:33.0
The titer test is a requirement depending on the country of import. It has to be done more than 30 days prior to import.
Posted on 2014-01-23 04:01:12.0
He should be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier. When under the seat he will be laying down, so that is not an issue. His head does not need to be totally erect.
Posted on 2014-06-14 02:02:32.0

PetTravel why 90 days after the blood titer test? I am looking at many official websites and most of them do not indicate that one must wait 90 days after the titer test is performed to fly the dog.
Posted on 2014-06-18 04:44:33.0

PetTravel But why did you indicate more than 90 days prior to import in your other post for Korea? I am profoundly confused. Many official websites detailing pet import requirements to Korea do not mention anything about needing to wait any amount of time prior to getting the titer test results back. Please advise thanks. I don't understand the wait? If the results are the results? Aren't they the results? What does the 30 or 90 day wait accomplish? Especially since regulations say that if the dog does not get a titer test done in the export country, it can get it done in Korea.....
Posted on 2014-06-18 04:46:48.0
Hi Norell - the other post was for someone traveling to the EU from Korea. For hi-rabies countries, there is a 90 day wait if you are going to the EU from Korea. If you are entering Korea from another country, then the titer test must be done at least 30 days prior to entry. As to your question for the 30 day wait, most countries will stipulate that pets are vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry so that the rabies antibodies can build up in their blood. It takes between 3 weeks and one month to do this.
Posted on 2014-06-19 03:22:03.0
Norell - those are the regulations of the EU to import a pet from a high-rabies country.
Posted on 2014-07-11 21:32:56.0
Hi! Im planning to bring a pet dg to South Korea and give it as a gift to my friend. Would it be difficult to do that? My friend wants an American Bully
Posted on 2014-07-25 08:53:02.0
Mark - Where will the puppy be entering South Korea from? What will be the age of the puppy when imported?
Posted on 2014-07-30 04:11:08.0
It's coming from the Philippines. Will it be better if I just send the dog over there as well rather going with it?
Posted on 2014-07-30 04:50:15.0
The dog is 3 months old now :)
Posted on 2014-07-30 07:48:17.0
Mark - you will need to have your pup microchipped and vaccinated for rabies and wait 30 days before getting a Blood Titer Test. You cannot enter Korea until 30 days after the titer test. You will also need a veterinary certificate. Details here:
Posted on 2014-07-31 02:19:40.0
Mark - there are few airlines that will permit pets to travel in-cabin. You can transport your pup without flying with it, but you will need to contact the cargo department of an airline that flies the entire route. Airlines do not interline pets. Obviously, if you can travel with the pup in the cabin, that would be better than transporting it in cargo.
Posted on 2014-07-31 02:22:08.0
I am planning on moving to korea next august. I have 3 small cats and a parrot I've had since before i was born (my mothers) I want to bring with me. I understand I wouldn't have much of a problem with the cats. Theyre all microchiped and up to date on their vaccines etc. My parrot (Double Yellow headed amazon) is my main concern.. he has a band on his leg proving he isnt a wild. I want to make sure I am able to bring him as well before I finally get the place I've been looking at...
Posted on 2014-09-27 07:34:50.0
Hi Rebecca - you will need a quarantine certificate when importing a bird to Korea. There is a list of birds permitted to enter and you will need to call to find out whether your bird is on the list. +82-32-740-2660
Posted on 2014-09-28 13:53:16.0
Rebecca - forgot to mention that you should check CITIES requirements for your parrot.
Posted on 2014-09-29 11:32:24.0
What happen if I don't have the blood test result for my cat when I arrive in Korea?
Posted on 2014-10-15 20:23:37.0
Dee - your cat will either be quarantined, returned to its origin or euthanized. We would not attempt to enter Korea unless the requirements were followed. Can't predict the outcome.
Posted on 2014-10-17 02:45:17.0