Taiwan Pet Passport & Import Regulations
All regulations below apply to the import of dogs and cats to Taiwan. The regulations also include service and emotional support animals.
Note that dogs and cats cannot enter Taiwan from Bangladesh nor can they transit Bangladesh on their way to Taiwan.
To enter Taiwan, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that has 15 digits and is non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
Your pet must have proof of rabies vaccination administered no less than 30 days and no more than one year prior to entry. Taiwan does not accept 2 or 3 year rabies vaccines. Your dog or cat cannot be vaccinated before 90 days of age.
Rabies Titer Test
If your dog or cat was born and raised or has spent the last 6 months in Japan, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Norway (not including Svalbard), Hawaii, Guam or Singapore, your pet will not need a rabies titer test to enter Taiwan.
Pets entering Taiwan from all other countries will need to have a rabies titer test no sooner than 180 days and no later than 1 year before entering Taiwan. Pets not able to meet the 180 day requirement will be quarantined for the balance of time it will take to conform to the 180 day requirement.
For pets leaving the country who will be returning, the titer test can be done in Taiwan before leaving and within one year or re-entry.
Service dogs can enter Taiwan 90 days after the titer test is administered with acceptable results. Service dogs are defined as a guide dog, hearing dog or physical assistance dog certified by a training agency accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation or the Assistande Dogs International.
The sample should be sent to a lab approved by the OIE (World Organization of Animal Health) or laboratories approved by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.
A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete a Veterinary Certificate for Taiwan in Chinese or English 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. The original of this document must be available at the port of entry together with the import permit.
If entering Taiwan from one of the countries listed in step 3, the health certificate must reflect that the originating country was free from rabies for a period of two years prior to export.
You will need to apply for an import permit from Hsinchu Branch or Kaohsiung Airport Inspection Station of Kaohsiung Branch at least 20 days prior to shipment.
If your pet will be subject to quarantine, your pet's reservation should be made at this point.
Dogs or cats leaving Taiwan and expecting to return within 3 months should apply for an export quarantine document from the authority stationed at their point of entry.
Unless your dog or cat is entering Taiwan from a country listed in step 3 after being born and raised or lived there for 6 months prior to import, it will be subject to 7 days of quarantine.
Quarantine will be waived if your pet is returning to Taiwan within 3 months of exiting with export quarantine document, has a serious medical condition and cannot serve quarantine or is participating in a short-term international event.
Dogs and cats entering Taiwan after transiting through a country not listed in step #3 must travel in a crate sealed by government veterinary authority in the originating country and be accompanied with a document issued by the vererinary or customs officials of the transiting country stating that your pet did not leave the airport or harbor and had no contact with other rabies-carrying animals.
Cats from Australia will be subject to 28 days of quarantine in an approved facility in the originating country and tested twice for Hendra disease.
If entering Taiwan from Malaysia, your dog or cat shall be detained for pre-export quarantine in an approved isolated quarantine premises under the supervision of the animal quarantine authorities of Malaysia government for at least 45 days prior to shipment. During the pre-export quarantine, your dog or cat shall be inspected and found free from clinical evidence of Nipah virus disease. This must be reflected on the health certificate.
Entering Taiwan by Air
Pets should enter Taiwan via Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung Airport or Kaohsiung Airport.
If entering Taiwan from a country listed in step 3 and your pet is transshipped through a country not listed in step 3 on the way to Taiwan, your pet's crate must be sealed by the Government Authority in the originating country responsible for the import and export of pets. It must also be accompanied by a certificate issued by your airline or shipping company that your pet did not leave the port or airport and was not exposed to any other animals during the layover. Transshipping through Category 4 countries should be avoided.
Dogs and cats from mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao) are prohibited from entering Taiwan unless they are accompanied by a special permit from the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs. The special permit is required to apply for an import permit. Pets from Bangladesh cannot transit or enter Taiwan. The special permit is not required for pets previously exported from Taiwan.
Notice should be given to veterinary officials so they will be available to inspect your pet upon landing. All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Taiwan, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens should be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 90 days of age and wait for 30 days before entering Taiwan.
Currently, Taiwan does not ban any breed of dog or cat.
Exporting Pets from Taiwan
For pets leaving Taiwan, all documentation required by the destination country should be provided. Owners need to bring their dogs or cats, the vaccination certificate (if rabies vaccination or other vaccination is required by the importing country), owners’ ID or passport, and the result of titer test (if needed by the importing country) to local branch offices or inspection stations of Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine within 7 days before departure for an official veterinary certificate.
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 Taiwan. 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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com 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 your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your 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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