Find out the requirements for bringing a pet into and taking it out of Taiwan...
To bring a cat or dog into Taiwan, the animal must have been fitted with a microchip and have been raised in its home country for at least six months prior to entering Taiwan.
Taiwan is a rabies-free country and has strict quarantine regulations for cats and dogs entering the country. All pets must have a rabies vaccination; only inactivated vaccinations are accepted. A pet from a rabies-infected area must be at least 300 days old when it travels. The animal must have been at least 90 days old when it received its first inactivated rabies vaccination, must have had a blood test 20 days later, and must not be shipped for at least another 180 days. Pets from rabies-free countries must also be at least 90 days old when they are vaccinated and must travel between 30 days and one year following the vaccination.
A Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test report is required if the animal is being imported from a country where rabies is present. The report must be issued by a rabies reference laboratory designated by Taiwan's BAPHIQ and should specify the microchip number of the animal, and the titre should be no less than 0.5 IU/ml. Blood samples should be taken between 180 days and two years prior to the animal travelling
- To view a list of BAPHIQ-approved reference laboratories from the quarantine department of the Veterinary Hospital at National Taiwan University: Click here (Select 'English' and then 'Rabies Neutralization Antibody Testing Laboratories Designated by the BAPHIQ for the Importation of Dogs and Cats into Taiwan (Download)'
An application for an import permit should be made at least 30 days before travelling. More time should be allowed if a pet is being transported from a rabies-infected country to ensure that quarantine space will be available. The following documents are needed to support the application:
- Completed application form, which can be done online
- Copy of the applicant's passport
- Valid rabies vaccination certificate issued by a veterinary clinic in the home country. The certificate written in either Chinese or English should state:
- Breed, age, sex and microchip number of the animal
- Rabies vaccination date, and whether the vaccination was a primary or booster vaccination
- If there have been any cases of rabies in the home country in the previous two years
For online applications, the required documents can be uploaded into the BAPHIQ system. Applying online is straightforward and the import permit is sent by email.
- To apply online for a cat or dog import permit: Click here
If a paper application is being made, the import permit must be sent to a contact in Taiwan, as it will not be sent overseas.
- To download the form for a paper application: Click here
Once all paperwork has been submitted successfully, permits are usually ready within three working days. The final permit states the animal's approved import dates and the quarantine premises if it is coming from a rabies-infected country.
If it is not possible for the pet to be imported within the validity time stated on the permit, an application for an extension should be submitted to BAPHIQ, with the original permit, within 30 days of the original expiry date.
- For information from BAPHIQ about applying for an import permit: Click here
Cats from Australia
A cat entering Taiwan from Australia must comply with further regulations. A cat must spend 28 days in quarantine in an approved facility in Australia under the supervision of the country's government quarantine authority prior to being exported.
During this time the animal have two serum neutralisation tests against Hendra virus. Both results must be negative and there must not be more than 21 days between the two tests.
The veterinary certificate for a cat being imported from Australia must also state the following:
- The cat is from a place which has been free of Hendra virus in the preceding six months
- Pre-export quarantine of the animal for at least 28 days with the required Hendra serum tests has taken place
- The cat has been checked and found to be free of clinical signs of Hendra disease in the 24 hours prior to travel
An animal has to clear customs on arrival in Taiwan and a customs declaration form must be filled in. Customs services for pets are only open during normal business hours, which should be taken into account when making travel arrangements.
If the pet arrives from a rabies-free country, the animal quarantine authority at the port of entry checks the veterinary certificate. If it complies with all regulations and the animal is in good visible health, then an import veterinary certificate is issued and the animal is released.
An animal from a rabies-infected country is inspected, the paperwork is checked, and then it is quarantined for a minimum of 21 days.
The animal's owner is responsible for arranging transport to the designated quarantine facility. Public transport may not be used; however, taxis, private and rental cars are permitted. Travel must take place under the supervision of a BAPHIQ officer.
An animal from a rabies-infected country is quarantined for 21 days. The quarantine period is extended if there is a suspicion that the animal may be carrying a disease or if any regulation has not been adhered to. An animal is also put in quarantine if it has been in transit in a rabies-infected country.
Owners can visit their pet while it is in quarantine and they should contact the facility directly to arrange visits.