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Pet Transport and Pet Relocation to Hong Kong

Dog, Cat and Pet Transport to Hong Kong requires special care.

Pet Travel and Moving to Hong Kong with Animals

Cats and dogs may be brought into Hong Kong if a special permit has been granted in advance by the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD).

The Special Permit

To import a pet, it is necessary to obtain a Special Permit in advance from the AFCD and pay a fee. The special permit application form must be completed in English or Chinese.

  • To download an application form for importing animals: Click here (PDF)
  • Permit application forms can also be obtained by Fax: 2708 8885

The permit application form, the required fee and a stamped self-addressed envelope must then be sent by post or taken in person to the following address:

  • AFCD Permit Issuing Desk
    At: 5th Floor, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
    Open: Monday to Friday 08:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:15

Applications from overseas must be paid by bank draft in Hong Kong currency to The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Five working days are necessary to process the application from the date of receipt, as long as the application form contains all the required information. Permits are then sent by post. To save time it is possible to nominate someone in Hong Kong to apply for and collect the permit on behalf of the owner. The special permit is valid for six months and animals must be imported on or before the expiry date of the permit.

Animals must be implanted with an identification microchip, and the microchip number must be printed on the animal health certificate. If a dog is identified with a microchip other than an AVID encrypted transponder it will have to be re-chipped at the owner's expense.

Important Requirements

The requirements vary depending on which from group of countries the pet is travelling.

Group One Countries

Pets travelling from the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii are normally exempt from quarantine.

Animals arriving from these Group One countries must be accompanied by the following certification (one per animal):

  • An Animal Health Certificate certified by a licensed veterinarian in the exporting country. This must be issued no more than 14 days before the departure
  • A Residence Certificate, certifying that the animal has been continuously residing in a country/place for the preceding six months
  • A Vaccination Certificate for the following diseases, confirming that the animal has been fully vaccinated no less than 10 days and no more than one year before departure to Hong Kong:
    • Dogs: Canine distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus
    • Cats: Infectious Feline Enteritis and Feline Respiratory Disease Complex (Cat Flu)
  • An Airline Certificate certifying that the animal has travelled on one aircraft and was not in contact with other animals

Cats and dogs less than two months old or more than four weeks pregnant must not be imported. Dogs of five months or older will be vaccinated against rabies on arrival, and if necessary licensed and microchipped at the owner's expense.

  • For further information from the AFCD: Click here (PDF)

Group Two Countries

Pets coming from Group Two countries may also be exempt from quarantine, however, as the rabies status or other factors may change in these countries/places, the list is subject to ongoing review.

  • For a current list of Group Two countries: Click here 

Animals arriving from Group Two countries must be accompanied by the following certification (one per animal):

  • An Animal Health Certificate certified by a licensed veterinarian in the exporting country. This must be issued no more than 14 days before the departure
  • A Residence Certificate, certifying that the animal has been continuously residing in the country/place of origin during the preceding six months
  • An Anti-Rabies Vaccination Certificate certifying that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies less than one year and more than 30 days prior to departure
  • A Vaccination Certificate for the following diseases, confirming that the animal has been fully vaccinated no less than 10 days and no more than one year before departure to Hong Kong:
    • Dogs: Canine distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus
    • Cats: Infectious Feline Enteritis and Feline Respiratory Disease Complex (Cat Flu)
  • An Airline Certificate certifying that the animal has travelled on one aircraft and was not in contact with other animals

Cats and dogs less than two months old or more than four weeks pregnant must not be imported. Cats and dogs less than five months of age will be kept under quarantine until over five months old. All cats and dogs older than five months will be vaccinated against rabies on arrival.

  • For further information from the AFCD website: Click here (PDF)

Group Three Countries

Cats and dogs travelling from countries other than Groups One and Two (this includes China and the Philippines) are subject to a minimum four-month quarantine period.

They must be accompanied by the following (one per animal):

  • An Animal Health Certificate certified by a licensed veterinarian in the exporting country. This must be issued no more than 14 days before the departure
  • An Anti-rabies Vaccination Certificate showing a good history of anti-rabies vaccination, if possible (optional)
  • A Vaccination Certificate for the following diseases, confirming that the animal has been fully vaccinated no less than 10 days and no more than one year before departure to Hong Kong
    • Dogs: Canine distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus
    • Cats: Infectious Feline Enteritis and Feline Respiratory Disease Complex (Cat Flu).
  • Animals under six months of age must have been vaccinated twice not less than 14 days before coming to Hong Kong

Cats and dogs less than two months old or more than four weeks pregnant must not be imported. Cats and dogs of five months of age or older will be vaccinated against rabies on arrival and again prior to release from quarantine; dogs will be licensed and microchipped at the owner's expense before release.

  • For further information on special permit requirements for cats and dogs from Group 3 countries: Click here (PDF)
Quarantine Kennels

It is recommended that the quarantine kennel is booked at least three months in advance.

There are two government quarantine kennels:

  • Hong Kong Animal Management Centre
    At: 688 Victoria Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
    Tel: 2551 8586
  • Kowloon Animal Management Centre
    At
    : 102 Sung Wong Toi Road, Tokawawan, Kowloon
    Tel: 2362 4147
Disability Assistance Dogs

Disability Assistance Dogs, such as guide dogs, are exempt from quarantine and the requirement of six months' residency in the country of export on the basis of one blood test for the rabies antibody. This applies to dogs coming from all groups of countries.

Restricted Breeds

The following may not be imported into Hong Kong:

  • Pit Bull Terriers
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Fila Braziliero
  • and any crosses of these breeds
Other Pets

To bring other pets, such as reptiles or rodents, into Hong Kong it is also necessary to apply for a Special Permit from the AFCD. They will require a health certificate issued not more than 14 days before departure stating that the animal is healthy and free of infectious disease or injury.

Birds

Birds, including poultry, may not be brought into Hong Kong without a special permit. However due to the recent outbreak of Avian influenza there is a temporary suspension of the import of birds and poultry from the following countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Russian Federation, The Republic of Kazakhstan, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Cote d'Ivoire, Japan, Pendleton County, West Virginia, USA (July 2006). Members of the public should not import birds into Hong Kong; there are penalties for non compliance.

Leaving the Country

To take a pet out of Hong Kong, it is necessary to obtain a Health Certificate approved by the AFCD from a local vet.

Pet Carriers
  • Export-a-pet
    At
    : Shop B2 Marina Cove Shopping Centre, Sai Kung, New Territories
    Tel: 2358 1774
    Fax: 2358 0875
Useful Addresses
  • Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD)
    At
    : 5/F Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon
    Fax: 2311 3731
    e-mail
    Website
  • AFCD Cargo Office
    Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd
    At
    : Room C107, 1/F, Main Terminal, Super Terminal One, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau
    Tel: 2116 0175
    Fax: 2116 0176
  • AFCD Cargo Office
    Asia Airfreight Terminals Co. Ltd
    At
    : Room G10, Ground Floor, Asia Air Freight Terminal, 10 Chun Ping Road, Hong Kong International Airport
    Tel: 2116 0185
    Fax: 2116 0187

Here at Animal Transporters, We specialize in helping pet owners meet the strict requirements of these pet transportation and import programs. We have been in this business for many years and our policy of "zero-tolerance for error" has contributed to our success, and earned us an excellent reputation.

Shipping, Transporting and/ or Relocating pets from the US to Hong Kong is a complicated process and requires specialized knowledge of import and export documentation, veterinary procedures, timing, airline policies, pet  travel crate requirements, quarantine, boarding accommodation, and proper animal identification.

We provide professional assistance to pet owners, breeders, and their veterinarians to make this process as seamless and stress-free as possible. We can provide a complete "door-to-door" service to ensure that your pet makes it to your new home without any problems.

We adhere to the rules and regulations of the Live Animal Regulations of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).

We are registered with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) as an Intermediate Handler, with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as an Indirect Air Carrier and we adhere to the USDA's Animal Welfare Act in all phases of our operation.

We are also members of the Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association International (IPATA).

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more info regarding our Expert Pet Travel and Transportation Service.

Let our experience work for you - contact us here for your next pet transport, transportation or relocation. We encourage you to email us with any questions you may have regarding any aspect of our services and how we may better meet your individual pet shipping needs.

We specialize in stress-free pet transport & travel services! Seeking the professional pet relocation service of Animal Transporters will assure you peace of mind when transporting your pets on the ground or in the air.

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