Shipping Pets To Thailand

Thailand Pet Shipping - information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs.

This is a summary of the main points only.

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.

From the UK the following paperwork is required, along with any additional requirements stated on the Import Permit:

1.  An Official Export Health Certificate (1 per animal), which must be applied for from APHA.  This must be completed and certified by your OV within 72 hours of the flight.  In order to comply your pets should have a current full set of vaccinations (For Dogs - Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus at least 21 days prior to departure in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.  They must also be vaccinated against Leptospirosis at least 21 days prior to departure after completion of a primary course or administration of a booster.   In either case vaccination must be carried out within 12 months prior to export.   For Cats - Panleukopenia, Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis (RCP) is strongly recommended at least 21 days prior to departure.

2.  A written declaration stating that the animal has been resident in Great Britain for at least the last six months or since birth. Failing this then a certificate of vaccination against rabies will be required. The vaccination should be given at least 21 days prior to the flight.

3.  An Import Permit obtained from the Department of Livestock Development, Disease Control Division, Phaya Thai Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. This should be applied for at least 15 days prior to the date of importation.

Contrary to advice given by APHA, there appears to be currently no quarantine (please check with the authorities for confirmation) for cats and dogs entering Thailand from the UK as long as all the paperwork is completed correctly and the animals are clinically healthy on entry.

The full set of requirements can be obtained from APHA online. Search for 'Find an Export Health Certificate' on the UK Government Website.

Last updated 14.05.2021

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