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Thailand – Importing a Pet

Thailand allows the import of pets, but there are certain regulations that need to be followed. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in your pet being denied entry or placed in quarantine.

Restrictions on types of pets

Thailand has specific regulations on certain dog breeds and some animal species. Some breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous, such as Pit Bulls and Doberman Pinschers, are not allowed to enter Thailand. Other dog breeds, such as the American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, and Rottweiler, require a special permit from the Thai government before they can enter the country.

In addition, some animal species, such as primates, birds of prey, and reptiles, are not allowed to be imported into Thailand.

Pet Vaccination Requirements in Thailand

All dogs and cats that are being imported to Thailand must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days before their arrival in the country. The vaccine must be administered by a licensed veterinarian and documented in an international pet passport or health certificate.

In addition, dogs must be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus, while cats must be vaccinated against feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.


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Importation Application Procedure in Thailand

To import a pet to Thailand, you will need to obtain an import permit from the Department of Livestock Development. You will need to submit the following documents to obtain the import permit:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your pet’s vaccination record
  • A health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian
  • A microchip certificate (if your pet is microchipped)

Once you have obtained the import permit, you will need to submit it to the airline or shipping company that you are using to transport your pet to Thailand.

Quarantine Rules in Thailand

All dogs and cats that are imported to Thailand are required to undergo a period of quarantine. The quarantine period is usually 14 days, but it can be longer depending on the country of origin and the health status of the animal.

During the quarantine period, your pet will be kept in a quarantine facility that is approved by the Thai government. You will be responsible for the cost of the quarantine, which can be quite expensive.

International Travel Scheme for Pets

Thailand is part of the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS), which is an international travel scheme for pets that allows them to enter certain countries without undergoing quarantine. However, there are certain requirements that need to be met in order to qualify for the scheme.

To qualify for PETS, your pet must have a microchip, be vaccinated against rabies, and have a pet passport or health certificate. In addition, you must enter Thailand from a country that is also part of the scheme.

Pet Licenses in Thailand

individuals need to obtain a license for their pet in Thailand. The license is called a “pet registration certificate” and it is issued by the Department of Livestock Development.

To obtain the pet registration certificate, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your pet’s vaccination record
  • A health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian
  • A microchip certificate (if your pet is microchipped)

Once you have obtained the pet registration certificate, you will need to keep it with you at all times when you are with your pet in Thailand.

Relevant Government Websites

The Department of Livestock Development is the government agency responsible for regulating the import of pets into Thailand. Their website contains useful information on the import requirements for pets and the application process for obtaining an import permit and a pet registration certificate.

Here is the link to their website: https://www.dld.go.th/index.php/en/animal-importation

It is important to note that regulations regarding the import of pets can change, so it is always a good idea to check with the relevant government agencies and airlines before planning to import your pet to Thailand.


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