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Vietnam – Importing a Pet

If you are planning to move to Vietnam and want to bring your furry friend with you, there are some important things you need to know. Here is a guide to help you navigate the process of importing your pet to Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Pet Importation Rules

Vietnam allows the import of pets. However, there are some restrictions on the types of pets that are allowed to be imported.

Restrictions on which types of pets you can bring into Vietnam

Vietnam allows the import of cats and dogs only. It is important to note that some dog breeds are not allowed in Vietnam, including Pit Bulls, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, and Japanese Tosa.

Vaccination Requirements in Vietnam

There are vaccination requirements for bringing pets to Vietnam. Before entering Vietnam, your pet must be up to date on the following vaccinations:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus

Additionally, your pet must have a certificate of good health issued by a veterinarian no more than 10 days prior to the date of arrival in Vietnam.


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Importation Application Procedure in Vietnam

To import a pet to Vietnam, you will need to apply for an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD). You will need to provide the following documents:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your pet’s vaccination records
  • A certificate of good health issued by a veterinarian
  • A copy of your flight itinerary

You will need to submit these documents to the MARD at least 10 days before your arrival in Vietnam. Once your application is approved, you will receive an import permit that you will need to present to customs officials upon arrival in Vietnam.

Quarantine Rules in Vietnam

There is a period of quarantine needed to import a pet to Vietnam. Upon arrival in Vietnam, your pet will be required to undergo a mandatory 30-day quarantine period at an approved quarantine facility. The cost of the quarantine will be your responsibility.

International Travel Scheme for Pets

Vietnam is a member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA). This means that there are professional pet transportation companies that can assist you with moving your pet to Vietnam.

Pet Licenses in Vietnam

individuals need to obtain a license for their pet in Vietnam. After completing the quarantine period, you will need to register your pet with the local authorities in Vietnam. You will need to provide the following documents:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your pet’s import permit
  • A certificate of good health issued by a veterinarian
  • A copy of your pet’s vaccination records

Resources in Vietnam

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) website provides useful information on importing pets to Vietnam. The website is in Vietnamese, but Google Translate can be used to translate the information into English. Here is the link to the MARD website: http://www.mard.gov.vn/Pages/Home.aspx

In conclusion, if you are planning to move to Vietnam and want to bring your pet with you, it is important to follow the proper procedures to ensure a smooth and stress-free transition. With proper preparation, you and your furry friend can enjoy your new life in Vietnam together.


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