Philippines 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.
Your dog or cat must have a rabies certificate reflecting a current rabies vaccination administered between 30 days and 12 months prior to import to the Philippines.
Your dog must also be vaccinated against distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, adenovirus type 2, and your cat must be vaccinated against herpes, calicivirus, panleukopenia and feline leukemia.
You must obtain an Sanitary and Phytosanitary Import Clearance from the Bureau of Animal Industry in advance of your pet's arrival. This permit is valid for up to 3 pets and for 2 months. The permit must be applied for online or in person.
For the import permit, all dogs and cats will require an application, proforma invoice (cargo only) and any other permits (e.g. CITES or local permits). If you are a Filipino who is importing a pet, you will also need to submit a Notarized Affidavit of Undertaking. If you are foreign pet owner or agent importing a pet to the Philippines, then you will need to submit an Undertaking for Foreign Importers form. In either case, all animal health and identification information is required.
Rabies Titer Test
The Philippines does not require a rabies titer test (RNATT) for pets entering from any country.
Within 30 days of entry, the veterinary certificate for the Philippines must be completed by a licensed veterinarian in your country and endorsed by the USDA or the CFIA if you are entering the Philippines from the United States or Canada. If you are entering the Philippines from another country, your veterinarian can advise you of the endorsement procedure.
The health certificate and the import permit should be presented to the Quarantine Officer on duty upon arrival at the airport in Manila, and a fee will be charged for the filing of the permit.
Internal and External Parasites
Ticks and tapeworm treatment must be performed within 48 hours of entry to the Philippines. Cats are exempt from the tapeworm treatment.
Entering the Philippines by Air
Pets can arrive in Philippines in the cabin or as checked baggage or air cargo at the international airport at Manila or Cebu. Thirty (30) days of home quarantine are required. If you are importing more than 5 animals, an inspection of the residence is required.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
The Philippines require that puppies and kittens are 4 month of age and vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to entering the country.
Exporting Pets Living in Philippines
A veterinary health certificate must be submitted and endorsed by the National Veterinary Quarantine Service (NVQS) prior to an export permit being issued. Your pet can be inspected at this agency or a health certificate can be issued by a private vet no sooner than 3 days of visiting the NVQS.
Puppies and kittens must be at least 3 1/2 - 4 months of age prior to exportation. They must be vaccinated for rabies at least 14 days prior to export or according to the regulations of the destination country.
Dogs must have proof of vaccinations against against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus; and cats should be vaccinated against feline panleukopenia.
All required permits and certificates for the importing country must be provided.
For domestic transport, your dog or cat must be no less than 3 1/2 months in age if vaccinated for rabies at 91 days of age. A rabies certificate will be required when applying for a permit showing rabies vaccination between 14 days and 12 months of transport.
Other pets must submit a letter request with the following information (a) species & breed of animal, (b) sex, age and number of animals, (c) expected date of arrival, (d) country of origin, (e) address, phone, email address & contact details of importer. The letter must be submitted in person to the Animal Health Division.
CITES Certificate/clearance should be presented (if applicable)
If you are importing more than 5 pets, an inspection of premise for home quarantine will be necessary.
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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