Import Requirements

Understand the rules and regulations for bringing pets into Hong Kong...

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

Group One countries

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

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

  • 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.

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.

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.

Group Three countries

Cats and dogs travelling from countries other than Groups One and Two (this includes mainland 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.