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Requirements for travelling to China with pets

If you are planning to visit China with your pet, you should be aware that there are some restrictions on bringing pets into China. It is allowed to import only dogs and cats, in the amount of no more than one pet per person. In addition, all animals must undergo special travel preparation to comply with the country's veterinary regulations.

Mandatory requirements for importing pets into China:

• All animals must be identified with a microchip that complies with ISO 11784 and 11785. If your pet's microchip differs from international standards, you must provide a device to read it;

• The pet owner must provide a quarantine certificate certified by the competent authority in the country of export;

• All animals must be vaccinated against rabies;

• For most countries not listed below, a rabies antibody test is also a requirement for entry.

Animals from Australia, Cyprus, Fiji Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Jamaica, Liechtenstein, Macau, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland do not require a rabies antibody titer test.

Animals whose documents and health conditions do not meet the above standards will be temporarily denied entry. In this case, in order to be allowed to enter, the animals will have to undergo a 30-day quarantine, after which they will go to the customs again. Based on the results of the inspection, a decision is made whether the pet will be allowed to enter China or sent back to the country of export.

Entry into the country for animals that must undergo quarantine can only be carried out through specially equipped entry points. These include the airports in Beijing, Guangzhou, Xinjiang and Shanghai, as well as the Shanghai railway station and the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal.

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