Moving with my dog in Shanghai

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Shirley D



Hi, I am moving soon to Shanghai and I want to bring my dog, a Golden retriever. I know there is a quarantaine if arriving in Shanghai and I am worried about it. I have been told there is no quarantaine if we land in Guanghzou but then domestic airlines are scary. Then I plan to land there and have a road trip to Shanghai. Does anyone have any experience about it or about Shanghai quarantaine ? Thank you  in advance for your advice.


Jane-889704 1377602616

It is possible for moving pets to China, here are some more information for your reference:

It is possible for foreigners to bring domestic pets into China, provided  that they are certified as healthy and are up to date with their vaccinations.  They must spend a period in quarantine upon arrival in the country, for which  they receive a certificate of health. Regulations vary between provinces and  cities, but the general procedure is outlined in this section. Many expatriates  opt to use the services of a specialist international pet relocation company for  ease and reassurance, but the arrangements can also be carried out by the  individual pet owner.

Keeping animals such as cats and dogs as domestic pets has not traditionally  been as common in China as keeping other animals, such as caged songbirds and  ornamental fish. However, other types of pets are now becoming more popular.  Cats and dogs are the only animals permitted to be imported as pets, although  there are more restrictions on dogs than on cats. Some breeds of dog are banned  in certain cities and provinces. The prohibited list varies, so it should be  checked before making plans to move to a particular location in China. In  Shanghai, for example, the banned breed list includes various types of mastiff,  Rottweilers, German Shepherds, bulldogs, Japanese Tosas and Dobermans, while in  Xian a recent law bans any dog with a shoulder height of more than 50  centimetres. A pet import company should be able to provide a current list  relating to the relevant area.

Many cities, including Shanghai and Beijing, also have restrictions limiting  the number of dogs per household to one. Some people choose to get round this by  having other family members register animals for them. There are even  restrictions placed on the times at which dogs can be walked.


DoctorsBeckandStone 1380975285

Hi Shirley D,


Here is alink with more information about pet relocation.

Bringing a pet to China is not too complicated. Start by asking your vet in your home country so you can get the rabies and health certificates you need.


Warm regards

Dr Tony Beck

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