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.
TAIWAN IMPORT REQUIREMENTS & REGULATIONS
The rules and requirements in this document are applicable to all rabies-infected counties.
Dogs, Cats and other small animals imported into Taiwan must undergo import quarantine, in accordance with the Rabies Prevention Law.On Condition that the following criteria have been fulfilled, the quarantine period for a dog or cat will be at least 21 days. Any dog or cat that has not fulfilled these criteria will be kept at an Animal Quarantine Station for the necessary period – up to 180 days.
Requirements In Summary:
At Least 210 Days Prior to Arrival:
1. MICROCHIP IMPLANTING: Animal must have (or obtain) microchip identification. This must be done before the rabies vaccinations. The only microchips that can be read at Taiwan AQS facilities are ISO 11784 and 11785 Standards.
During import inspection at the time of arrival in Taiwan, if the microchip number is not confirmed or the microchip number is not the same as that on the inspection certificate, the animal will be subject to a 180-day quarantine period.
PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL MICROCHIP NUMBERS MATCH ON EVERY DOCUMENT.
2. After receipt of microchip, the animal receives its rabies vaccination. This must be an “inactivated rabies vaccination.” Be sure to obtain certification of the period of validity for the particular vaccinations that you obtain (some are good for two years, others for only one).
Pet must be at least 90 days old at time of first vaccination.
Inoculation by an inactive vaccine BEFORE microchip implantation OR inoculation by a live vaccine will not be recognized and re-inoculation will be necessary!
At Least 180 Days Prior to Arrival:
1. Anytime after the rabies vaccination (ideally within 2-3 weeks), animal must receive a Fluorescent Antibody Viral Neutralization (FAVN) Blood Test to ensure that the rabies vaccinations have provided adequate rabies antibody levels and must be approved by a facility approved by the Government of Taiwan. Your Vet will send these to the approved site listed below. Please call them before sending to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location (Taiwan). The results of the blood test must be 0.5IU/mil or above.
This test result will remain valid for 2 years from the time the blood sample was taken. If the animal does not arrive into Taiwan within this 2-year window, the process will have to start over.
The date of the blood sampling, the laboratory used and the test results shall be well noted on all health certificates. The matching of these numbers is critical to its success -- please double-check them!
BEFORE the bloods collection and its shipment to these laboratories, please ask the designated laboratory how to apply for the test, label the blood container and send the sample.
Please ask them if your sample needs any treatment before sending to them!
These labs can change their policy often, so it is just best to double-check with them prior to sending.
At Least 30 Days Prior to Arrival:
1. At least 30 days before arrival, you need to submit the following documents:
- Application Form for Import Permit
- Rabies Vaccination Certificate – Issued by a veterinarian of exporting country and certifying vaccination by inactivated vaccines. The rabies vaccination certificate needs to be in Chinese, English or both. It needs to state:
-Date of Rabies Vaccination – whether the vaccination was primary or booster.
- FAVN Test Results – Needs to have been tested no less than 180 days and no more than 2 years prior to shipment. Needs to state pet has at least 0.5IU/ml of rabies antibody in system.
- Copy of Passport
At Least 3 to 10 Days Prior to Arrival:
Obtain an International Health Certificate – Form 7001 from your Vet within 10 days of departure. Please make sure, beneath the animal information on this form, that it also states the following:
1) Breed, sex, age and microchip number of pet.
2) Date of vaccination against rabies with inactivated vaccine, and whether vaccination was primary or a booster.
3) The animal has no clinical signs of Aujossky’s disease, Distemper, Rabies, Leishmaoiasis and Leptospirosis.
4) At least 0.5IU/ml rabies antibody in the blood of the dog or cat sampled no less than 180 days and no more than 2 years prior to shipment for a neutralization antibody titration test.
The certificate must be approved by the national government in the country of export (USDA’s APHIS if coming from the U.S.). Please consult with your PetRelocation specialist for the best procedures and their assistance on this.
We strongly recommend that the following immunizations and parasite treatments be given to your pets:
Dogs: Distemper, Contagious Hepatitis (Adenovirus type II acceptable), Parvovirus Infectious Disease Trivalent Vaccine (parainflueza, leptospirosis, corona virus infections disease immunizations are also suggested.
Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Caliccivirus, Feline Panleukopenia Trivalent Vaccine
Parasite Treatment: We recommend all treatments done as close as possible to your departure date.
- External Parasites: Teat with medicines effective against both mites and fleas. Ask your Vet do a clinical inspection to confirm that the animal is free from these parasites.
- Internal Parasites: Administer medicine effective against nematodes and tapeworms.
Any pet arriving without an original veterinary certificate will be re-exported at the discretion of the Taiwanese government.
- Inspection Process: When conducting quarantine inspection of the pet, animal quarantine authority at the port of entry shall check the veterinary certificate and detain the pet at the designated post-entry quarantine premise for 21 days. During quarantine detention, the blood of the pet may be sampled and tested again for rabies antibody. If the antibody is under 0.5IU/ml, the dog or cat shall be revaccinated with inactivated rabies vaccine.
Please be advised that animals that arrive without the appropriate health certificate, without advance notice, without a readable microchip ID, or without the proper blood test and 180 day waiting period will be subject to quarantine upon arrival in Taiwan.
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The island of Taiwan is located in the Western Pacific between Japan and the Philippines off the southeast coast of China, from which it is separated by the Taiwan Strait. The Geographical coordinates are 23 30 N, 121 00 E.
With a total area of about 36,179 square kilometers, Taiwan is 394 kilometers long and 144 kilometers wide at its widest point.
High mountains over 1,000 meters consitute about 31 percent of the island's land area; hills and terraces between 100 and 1,000 meters above sea level make up 38 percent; and alluvial plain below 100 meters in elevation, where most communities, farming activities, and industries are concentrated, account for the remaining 31 percent.
Taiwan's most geographic feature is its 270-kilmoeter central mountain range, which has more than 200 peaks over 3,000 meters high. At 3,952 meters, Mount Jade is the highest peak in East Asia. Foothills from the central mountain range lead to tablelands and coast plains in the west and south. The eastern shoreline is relatively steep, and mountains over 1,000 meters high dominate the island in the north.
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