So You Want to Bring Your Pet to China? Here’s What You Need to Know

Bringing your pets with you when you travel can add to the enjoyment of the trip but it’s not as easy as it might sound. You have to plan early and make sure you have all the right documents and take appropriate steps when you arrive in your new destination country, especially if that country happens to be China. Here’s what you need to know about how to bring your pet to China.

Step #1: Get your pet a microchip

The first thing you’ll need to do is get your pet a microchip. There are different types of chips, so make sure that you research the type that is best for your pet and will be recognized in China. The chip should be implanted under their skin and the process is relatively quick. Once they have the chip, it will be linked to a database where all their vaccinations and information can be stored. Next, you’ll want to make sure that your pet is up-to-date on all their shots.
They might need additional shots depending on where they’re going or what kind of animals live there but this might cost extra money and time if they’re not used to receiving these injections before.

Step #2: Get your pet health certificate

Before you can bring your pet to China, you’ll need a health certificate. The steps for getting this certificate vary by country, but they all require some basic information: the age of your pet, the type of animal (i.e., dog or cat), and proof that your pet is healthy. For example, if you’re in Canada and want to bring your cat with you on a plane, you need to get a rabies vaccination at least 30 days before travelling. Next, you’ll need to get an additional medical exam from a veterinarian who will check your cat for signs of diseases such as heartworm, tick-borne diseases, feline leukemia virus and more. After this, submit these documents to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) office closest to where you live so they can provide an import permit – which will allow them to enter the country.

Step #3: Apply for a pet import permit

It is possible to bring your pet with you when you move to China. First, you will need an import permit from the Chinese government. There are a few ways that you can obtain this permit: by applying for it before you leave your home country, by applying for it when you arrive in China, or by applying for it online through an approved service provider. The process can take up to 60 days and requires some paperwork as well as a veterinary exam and inspection of your pet. Be sure to include copies of all required documents on the application form, so they can be sent electronically if necessary.
If your pet has been treated with any live rabies vaccine more than 24 hours before entering China, you must show proof. If not, then you must have an anti-rabies serum injection administered by a qualified veterinarian at least 72 hours before entering China. Once you get that all set up then pack and ship your pet’s belongings ahead of time so they are ready when you land!

Final Step: Make travel arrangements for your pet

The first step is to find a veterinarian who is willing to ship your pet. This may sound like an easy task, but it can be hard if you live in a rural area. Once you find a vet that will ship, the next step is getting your pet all the necessary vaccinations and paperwork for travel. This will vary based on where you are traveling from as well as where you are going. Some countries require more time than others, so this is something you need to research beforehand. If your flight requires a layover of any kind, make sure you call ahead of time and ask about their specific rules for pets.

Keep in mind that there are some restrictions on which pets can be imported into China

If you’re considering bringing your pet with you when you move to China, there are some things you need to know first:

  • What type of animal are you bringing in and where are they from? Are they a cat or a dog?
  • Where did you purchase them? Did the country you purchased them from have any restrictions on importing animals into China?
  • How much do they weigh and how long is their hair length? Is it an adult or young pet?

    Pets that enter China must meet certain health requirements, so if you plan on taking your pet with you to China, be sure they’re up-to-date with vaccinations and other necessary procedures. Certain pets may require additional steps before entering the country, such as having their blood tested for rabies.

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