Entering Thailand with a Pet

Information about the restrictions and requirements when bringing your pet into Thailand...

There are two ways of entering Thailand by air with a pet:

  • As excess baggage
  • Via a commercial pet carrier

Excess baggage is the cheaper option but the owner has to arrange all the paperwork.

On arrival in Bangkok it is necessary to collect the pet - sometimes it arrives on the baggage carousel. Take the pet to the Animal Import desk at the airport where the necessary paperwork must be completed. The officer will decide whether the pet needs to go into quarantine. Fees may need to be paid in order to complete the application process.

Paperwork Required for Pets Entering Thailand

  • Export certificate from country of origin arranged either by the pet carrier or vet
  • Import permit obtained on arrival at airport in Thailand from the Animal Import desk
  • Identity and health certificate in English signed by a registered veterinary surgeon in the country of origin describing the:
    • Age
    • Breed, sex, colour and markings
    • Name and address of owner or kennel

Note: Animals must be resident in the country of export for at least six months before export.

Vaccination requirements

The following vaccinations are currently required, along with certificates. Check with a vet to make sure the vaccination requirements have not changed:

  • Approved rabies vaccine at least 15 days prior to the departure unless the country has been free from rabies for at least the past twelve months
  • Vaccine against Leptospirosis at least 21 days prior to departure
  • Animals should also be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus at least 21 days prior to departure
  • If the dog is staying in kennels it should be vaccinated against kennel cough
  • Cats should also be vaccinated against Feline Enteritis and Feline Flu

Quarantine requirements

Thai regulations state that animals must be placed in quarantine for at least 30 days at approved premises at the owner's expense. However, the Royal Thai Consulate in Hull, England explains on its website that "Feedback which we have received from other travellers indicates that pet dogs and cats are not usually quarantined".

  • For details: Click here (Select PDF Taking Pets to Thailand)

Transiting Through Thailand: Restrictions and Requirements

The Department of Livestock Development in Bangkok lists the requirements for the transit of live animals from one country to another through Thailand. An application has to be made to a veterinary official at the International Animal Quarantine Station.