Requirements for travelling to India with pets
If you want to travel to India with your pet, you need to prepare your pet for customs clearance. To obtain an entry permit, all pets must be vaccinated against dangerous viruses and have the required accompanying documents. It is allowed to import no more than 2 pets (cats or dogs) per person.
In order for you and your pet to be able to enter India, it is important to meet the following requirements:
• Dogs must be accompanied by a health certificate confirming the absence of signs of contagious diseases and infections, which include rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus infections, leptospirosis, etc.;
• Cats must be accompanied by a health certificate confirming the absence of signs of contagious diseases and infections, which include rabies, distemper, feline enteritis, feline panleukopenia, leptospirosis, etc.;
• In addition to information about the health of the pet, the health certificate must contain information about the owner: the name of the owner, the address in the country of export and the address of residence in India;
• At the age of 3 months and older, animals must be vaccinated against rabies. Vaccination is carried out at least one month and within one year prior to arrival in India. Data on vaccination against rabies and other vaccinations must be recorded in the health certificate and issued by a veterinarian;
• Each pet must be identified with a microchip;
• The owner must provide a statement that the movement of his pet is not for commercial purposes;
• The owner must inform the customs office about the details of the movement of his pet;
• If the pet is accompanied by an authorized person, they must provide a power of attorney issued by the owner of the pet.
Entry into India with pets must be through specially equipped entry points. These include points of entry in the cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. In each of these points, there are quarantine stations, where the owners provide veterinary documents, and pets undergo a clinical examination to obtain an entry permit.
In some cases, laboratory tests of the pet or additional documents may be required. You can check the details of importing pets into India from your country on the website of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying or by contacting one of the quarantine stations. Contact phone numbers and email addresses can be found here.