Pet Passport Philippines
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to the Philippines
The Philippine Islands are pet friendly, however their procedure is a little different.
- Import Permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry
- Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies and other diseases between 30 days and 12 months from the date of travel.
- If your pet's country of origin is not a country considered to be free of rabies, then a letter must accompany your pet stating that no cases of rabies have been reported within a 12.5 mile (20 kilometer) radius of the point of origin in the last 6 months.
- Within 30 days of travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Health Certificate for the Philippines for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
- Proof of rabies vaccination should also be included for endorsement.
- Send or present the Health Certificate for endorsement of Authenticity to any Philippine Consular Office three (3) weeks before shipment. There is a fee per health certificate.
- It should be presented at the airport upon the arrival of the pet or upon arrival at the airport in Manila by presenting the endorsed health certificate and Import Permit to the Quarantine Officer on duty, filing of the required import permit and the payment of the corresponding fee.
- Ticks and tapeworm treatment performed very shortly before entry.
This completes your pet passport for the Philippines.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country 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
the Philippines. 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 the Philippines. 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.
Although the Philippines do not require a
pet microchip, we strongly recommend that
you microchip your cat or dog prior to traveling.
Everything essential for traveling with a pet can be found at PetTravelStore.com.
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