China Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10. These requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
China does not require that your pet be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted, however, microchips are an important part of pet identification and will better ensure that you are contacted should your pet be separated from you.
China does not require an Import Permit for pets entering with their owners from any country. Pets traveling unaccompanied as manifest cargo will require an Import Permit. The permit should be obtained by someone acting on behalf of the owner or an agent in China.
A vaccination card/certificate is required for each pet, clearly displaying your pet's current rabies vaccination, including the vaccine's manufacturer, batch number and expiration. The rabies vaccination must have been administered between 30 days prior to arrival in China and not more than 12 months prior to arrival. Note that China does not recognize 2 and 3 year vaccines.
Dogs should also be vaccinated for canine distemper, parvovirus and coronavirus and cats for feline distemper, peritonitis and feline leucopenia.
If your dog or cat will be entering China at Shanghai or Beijing where quarantine will be required, it is strongly recommended that you have your pet vaccinated against Bordetella (kennel cough) at least 2 weeks prior to import.
Rabies Titer Test
China does not require a rabies titer test (FAVN) for pets entering from any country.
The Veterinary Certificate for China must be completed within 14 days of entry and stamped (endorsed) by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. If you are traveling from the United States this would be the State USDA office or the CFIA office if traveling from Canada.
The owner's passport must be presented at the time of clearance. The name on the passport must match the owner's name on the health and rabies certificates.
Post Import Procedures
Pets entering China at Shanghai will serve a minimum of 7 days of quarantine in a government facility and 23 days of home quarantine. Pets entering China at Beijing will need to serve either 7 day or 30 day quarantine depending on the country of origin.
Dogs and cats can enter China at the following points of entry with home quarantine:
Checked Baggage or air cargo: Guangzhou, Chengdu.
Checked Baggage: Hangzhou, Zian, Dalian and Shenyang.
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.
Entering China by Air
Pets can arrive in China in the cabin or as checked baggage or air cargo at international airports including but not limited to Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Guangzhou.
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 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.
China does not ban the import of any dog breeds, but there are breed restrictions in Shanghai and Beijing.
Exporting Pets Living in China
Cats and dogs departing China must be microchipped then rabies vaccinated at an official animal vaccination hospital in the PRC and must have the official "Animal Health and Immunity Certificate" (vaccination red book). The vaccination must be administered more than 30 days but not more than one year prior to international travel.
No more than 7 days prior to travel, pets must be examined and obtain an Exit Health Certificate from a designated government quarantine hospital.
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 (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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