Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.
HONG KONG IMPORT RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
- Dogs: Hong Kong requires all dogs to be microchipped prior to import. This can be an AVID 9-digit microchip or an ISO-compatible microchip (Home Again, ResQ, etc.). However, all dogs must be registered in Hong Kong with an AVID 9-digit microchip. If your dog does not have an AVID 9-digit microchip, upon arrival in Hong Kong, it will be re-chipped with an AVID 9-digit microchip at an additional fee.
- Cats: Hong Kong requires all cats to be microchipped prior to import. This can be an AVID 9-digit microchip or an ISO-compatible microchip (Home Again, ResQ, etc.).
- Rabies Vaccination & Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain – this can be a 1 or 3 year vaccine and must be administered at least 30 days and less than a year before departure.
- Current Vaccination Records:
For Dogs & Cats
__Canine Distemper. Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis
__Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus
__Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
__Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvo Virus
- Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001): This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian. Must be issued within 10 days of the flight.
- Hong Kong Health Certificate (Form VC9R): This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian, along with the Form 7001.
- Import Permit: An import permit is required in order to enter the country. Please contact your local representative about the best way of handling this.
- USDA Endorsement:
- Microchip Implantation Record
- Rabies Certificate
- Vaccination Records
- Vet Health Certificate
- Hong Kong Health Certificate
The above must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist about the best way of handling this.
There is no quarantine when entering Hong Kong from the United States if the above requirements have been met.
Local Pet Resources
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PetWorld - A fun pet-lover's paradise that appeals to both dog owners and their pups. According to one of our past clients, it can be difficult to get to if you don't have a car, but they do offer pickup & delivery service. There is an agility course as well as two dog-friendly swimming pools (life vests are available for dog's who aren't quite ready to take off their water wings yet!). PetWorld also offers a Dog Club, which acts like a country club for dog owners -- you can bring your pets, hang out by the BBQ pit and socialize with other dog lovers while watching Fido and Fluffy run around in the grassy dog park.
Dogotel - Located in Kowloon, Dogotel is a pet hotel that makes up for its lack of outdoor facilities with its premium indoor boarding kennels, grooming salon and day care service. They also offer obedience training with an on-site trainer, Mr. C.C. Cheung, who gives group lessons as well as one-on-one private training sessions. Another upscale feature is Dogotel's D.Cafe.Bar, which was initially started as a place for pet owner's to grab a bite to eat while waiting for their pet to be groomed, but has since turned into a full-fledged cafe and bar with a complete liquor license.
The British Dependent Territory of Hong Kong consists of Victoria (commonly known as Hong Kong Island), the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and 235 outlying islands, totalling 1,078 sq km. Hong Kong is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China .The Geographical coordinates are 22 15 N, 114 10 E .It has the total area of 1,092 sq km including land area of 1,042 sq km and water of50 sq km . It is situated on the southeastern coastline of China, facing the South China Sea. To its north is the province of Guangdong (formerly called Canton) whose provincial capital of Guangzhou (CantonCity), is 135 km away from Hong Kong. China's capital city of Beijing (Peking) is about 2,000 km further north. The territory measures 38 km from north to south and 50 km from east to west.
Hong Kong Island is 77.5 sq km; urban areas are concentrated along the northern shore, its centre and south coast being dominated by mountains.
Kowloon, although only 45.5 sq km, is flatter and therefore more urbanised. Containing most of the territory's land mass (955 sq km including the OutlyingIslands), the NewTerritories is mostly rural, but has growing regional centres which are self-sufficient "New Towns".
More than 70% of Hong Kong is countryside, and 21 official country parks account for 40% of the rural land area. Hong Kong lies just east of the Pearl River Estuary on the coast of the Chinese province of Guangdong, and is just south of the Tropic of Cancer. The total land is c400 sq. miles and is made up as follows:
Hong Kong Island, including a number of small adjacent islets (29 sq. miles), Kowloon, and Stonecutters Island (5 sq. miles) and the New Territories, which consist of a section of the mainland and 235 islands (365 sq. miles).
Between Hong KongIsland and Kowloon on the mainland lies VictoriaHarbour, with a total area of 17 sq. miles, providing Hong Kong with its chief natural asset.
Languages Chinese and English, Mandarin
Currency Hong Kong dollar
Hong Kong’s climate is subtropical and, for nearly half the year, tends toward temperate. The region is cloudy in January and February, meeting with the occasional cold fronts. In March and April, it is pleasant, with occasional high humidity. From May to August, the region is hot and humid, occasionally confronted with showers and thunderstorms. During November and December, there are pleasant breezes, with plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures.
Hong Kong is most likely to be affected by tropical cyclones from July to September, although they are not unusual any time between May and November. An average of about 31 tropical cyclones form in the western North Pacific or CinaSeas yearly, half of them reaching typhoon strength. Winds increase and rain becomes heavy and widespread when the centre of a cyclone comes close to the city; the heavy rain may last for a few days, the subsequent landslips and flooding may cause more damage than the winds.
The highest recorded temperature in Hong Kong is 38°C (100.0°F) while the lowest recorded temperature is -4°C (25.0°F). Meanwhile, the highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded by the Observatory are respectively 36.1°C (97.0°F) on 19 August 1900and 18 August 1990, and 0.0°C (32.0°F) on 18 January 1893. The average temperaturein the coldest month, January, is 16.1°C (61.0°F) while the average temperature in the hottest month, July, is 28.7°C (83.7°F). The territory is situated south of the Tropic of Cancer which is approximate to Hawaii in latitude. In winter, strong and cold winds generate from the north cool the city; in the summer, the wind's prevailing direction changes and brings the warm and humid air in from the southwest. This climate can support a tropical rainforest.
Spring: March - mid-May
Summer: late May - mid-September
Autumn: late September - early December
Winter: late December - February