(Hong Kong)

Shipping Pets To Hong Kong

Hong Kong Pet Shipping - summary information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs.

It is a requirement that cats and dogs are shipped as manifest cargo and not as excess baggage.

Animals must be shipped in IATA approved transit kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around.

Cats and dogs not travelling direct by air to Hong Kong may be expected to undergo a full six months detention in quarantine, although animals transitting on their way to Kong Kong could be exempt from this, it must be ensured that the correct paperwork has been completed to avoid any issues. Animals arriving without the correct certification will be detained in quarantine until either the correct certification is obtained or the expiry of 4 to 6 calendar months.

All pets entering Hong Kong must be micro chipped – please make sure the microchip is an AVID chip. If your pet does not have an AVID chip (but is instead chipped with an ISO compatible chip) they will be re-chipped on arrival to Hong Kong.

Animals must be accompanied by the following paperwork:

A.  An Import/Special Permit obtained from the senior Veterinary Officer in Hong Kong.

B.  An Official Export Health Certificate signed by an OV (Official Veterinarian) within 14 days of the flight (this must be applied for online from DEFRA - this is a service we can provide as part of your pet shipping package- contact us for more details!).

C.  For cats, vaccination certificates for feline enteritis, feline panleucopaenia (infectious enteritis) and feline respiratory Disease Complex (cat Flu) showing vaccination at least 14 days before the flight and not more than 12 months beforehand.

D.  For dogs, vaccination certificates for distemper, infectious hepatitis and canine parvovirus (D,H,P) showing vaccination at least 14 days before the flight and not more than 12 months beforehand.

The full set of requirements can be obtained from APHA online- search for 'Find an Export Health Certificate' on the UK Government Website, and use the certificate finder to access the correct information.

Should the import permit show any other requirements then these must also be adhered to.

Last updated 14.05.2021

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