Entering South Korea with a Cat or Dog

Information on the certificates and vaccinations required to bring a dog or cat into South Korea...

Up to four cats or dogs can be imported into South Korea without giving the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (QIA) prior notification. If more than four animals are being transported to South Korea, prior approval must be obtained from the QIA so that the animals can be held in quarantine.

Animals under 90 days old and animals arriving from rabies-free countries are not required to have a rabies vaccination; however, a health certificate and microchip are still required. The health certificate should state that the pet is healthy and that no symptoms of animal infectious disease have been found. In this case the animal will not be quarantined when it arrives in the country.

Cats and dogs entering South Korea from countries that are not rabies-free must have immunity against rabies. The animal must have a quarantine or rabies vaccination certificate issued by a veterinarian or a quarantine authority in their home country and the date of a rabies vaccination must be clearly stated on the certificate. A rabies-neutralizing antibody test must be carried out within 24 months prior to travel. The animal will not be quarantined if it is in good health when it is inspected on entering the country. If the animal has not had a rabies-neutralizing antibody test, it will be quarantined for at least ten days.

In addition all animals must be microchipped and the health certificate must state the animal's microchip number. The microchip must be ISO compliant. An animal arriving in South Korea without a microchip is quarantined and a microchip must be implanted, at the owner's expense. Animals arriving in South Korea without a health certificate will be returned to the exporting country.

Animals from Australia and Malaysia

It is necessary to have additional documentation to import pets from Australia and Malaysia. A valid health certificate is needed that testifies that the animal has been kept in a Hendra and Nipah virus free region, or that the animal has a negative Hendra and Nipah virus test result for a blood test carried out within 14 days of the pet being imported.

Importing Birds

Bringing birds into South Korea is subject to differing regulations depending on the home country. Birds from Italy or China may not be imported to South Korea.