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China – Importing a Pet

China is a vast country with a diverse range of landscapes, from the snow-capped mountains of Tibet to the bustling cities of Shanghai and Beijing. If you’re planning to move to China, you might be wondering if you can bring your furry friend with you. In this article, we will provide information on importing pets to China, including any restrictions, vaccination requirements, application procedures, quarantine requirements, and relevant government websites.

China’s Pet Importation Rules

China does allow the import of pets. However, there are some restrictions on which types of pets you can bring into China.

Restrictions on types of pets

China has restrictions on bringing certain types of pets into the country, including dogs, cats, and ferrets. Other pets, such as rabbits and hamsters, can be brought into the country but are subject to specific requirements.

Vaccination Requirements in China

There are vaccination requirements for bringing pets to China. All pets must have a valid rabies vaccination certificate, and it must be administered at least 30 days before entry.

Other requirements


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In addition to a rabies vaccination certificate, dogs must also have a certificate of canine distemper and canine parvovirus vaccination. Cats must have a certificate of feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia vaccination.

Importation Application Procedure in China

If you’re planning to bring your pet to China, you’ll need to apply for a pet import permit. The application process includes several steps.

Step 1: Get your pet vaccinated

As mentioned above, your pet must have a valid rabies vaccination certificate, as well as any other required vaccinations.

Step 2: Obtain a health certificate

Your pet must also have a health certificate from a veterinarian, which includes details of the vaccinations and any other health issues.

Step 3: Apply for a pet import permit

Once you have all the necessary documentation, you can apply for a pet import permit through the General Administration of Customs (GAC). You can submit the application in person or online.

Step 4: Receive approval

The GAC will review your application and notify you of their decision. If approved, you will receive an import permit that you must present upon arrival in China.

Quarantine Rules in China

a period of quarantine is required to import a pet to China. All pets must undergo a 30-day quarantine period at an approved quarantine facility upon arrival in China. You will be responsible for the cost of the quarantine.

International Travel Scheme for Pets

China is part of the international pet travel scheme known as the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). This allows pets to travel freely between certain countries without the need for quarantine periods, as long as they meet specific requirements. However, China has specific requirements that must be met before a pet can enter the country under this scheme.

Licences in China

Individuals must obtain a licence for their pet in China. This includes a dog license and a pet passport, which contains all the necessary documentation, such as vaccination certificates and health certificates.

Resources in China

The General Administration of Customs (GAC) website provides useful information on moving pets to China. You can find the requirements for importing pets and the application process on their website:

Bringing your pet with you to a new country can be a daunting task, but with proper planning and research, it can be a smooth and stress-free experience. Each country has its own specific regulations and requirements for importing pets, and it is important to consult with a veterinarian and the relevant authorities in both your home country and the destination country. By following the guidelines and procedures, you can ensure the safety and well-being of your beloved pet during the journey and for the duration of their stay in the new country.


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