Rules to Bring Pets Into Countries
Only people with resident visas may bring dogs to China. A visitor, for a vacation, cannot. This can be done for an extended visit for business, etc. Each passenger is allowed to bring one pet into China; pets should be accompanied by quarantine and hydrophobia immunity certificates and an International health certificate issued by the quarantine authorities of the original country or region. Vaccinations must show a rabies shot given within the past 12 months, but not less than 30 days before departure. A copy of the airway bill may be required if traveling as cargo, and the owner’s residential details in China.
Dogs are allowed to be imported as excess baggage or cargo as long as there is proof of inoculations, shows good health, and they are registered with the Chinese authorities upon arrival. Pet owners must carry a Z (resident) Visa to bring in pets; only 1 pet per visa is allowed. Due to sometimes complicated procedures regarding import/export of pets to/from China, a professional pet transport service can make the transitions easier.
There is a 7 day mandatory quarantine in Shanghai and quarantines of 30 days at other entries; however, some of this quarantine time may be able to be spent in the home. It is very important to check with the local Chinese consulate for current advisories. Additional important information regarding documents, airport procedures, regulations, registration of your pet and more are at the following: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/ch_cn_checklist.pdf
Pets entering India are required to have their original Veterinary Certificate and Vaccinations records upon arrival; only 2 pets are allowed per passenger to certain areas (check website), and they must have a NOC, a “NO Objection Certificate” obtained at least 15 days prior to entry. The NOC can be gotten from the Animal Quarantine Certification Services at the following website: http//dahd.nic.in/rtia2005/animal_quarantine.htm
Attention: Ireland, Sweden, Norway (except Svalbard, Jan Mayen and dependencies out of Europe) and United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland only) harmonized their pet movement rules with the rest of the EU as of January 1, 2012. Based on this change, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan changed the status of these countries from designated regions to regions other than the designated regions. The following website details pet travel laws/regulations, quarantine regulations, import from designated regions, import from other than designated regions, export regulations, new mandates, and animal transportation updates: http://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/animal/dog/index.html.
Japan will require up to a 180 day quarantine unless certain conditions are met. If all conditions are met, it is possible to have a 12 hour or less quarantine. This will be the case if the dog is coming from a designated country (only 7 qualify) or a series of steps that take 180 days are met from other countries.
Bringing Dogs into Japan from Designated Countries (only Taiwan, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Guam) - In case that the animal is brought in directly from a designated region, and where the following can be confirmed with a certificate issued by the responsible government agency of the country of export, the quarantine time on arrival will be within 12 hours, and in general the inspection will not usually take long.
The animal is individually identified with a microchip. *1
The animal has been kept only in designated regions for the past 180 days, since birth, or since arriving directly from Japan.
There have been no outbreaks of rabies in designated regions in the past two years.
The animal did not have or was not suspected of having rabies (and in the case of dogs, rabies and leptospirosis) when inspected prior to departure. *2
*1 If the animal is not implanted with an ISO compliant (11784 / 11785)
*2 Please have the animal inspected to confirm that it does not have or is not suspected of having rabies (in the case of dogs, rabies and leptospirosis) prior to departure (whenever possible, no more than two days prior to departure)
Bringing Dogs into Japan from a Non-Designated Countries (all other countries including the U.S., Canada and U.K.) - The process requires a series of steps, a microchip implanted, two rabies shots at least 30 days apart and within the valid period of the vaccine, a rabies titers blood test and paperwork. Also, there needs to be a 180 day or more wait after the titer test to enter Japan. For specific information see the page http://www.maff.go.jp/aqs/english/animal/dog/import-other.html
Entering Hong Kong
Entering American Samoa
Entering Sri Lanka