Moving Pets to Canada: Does Canada Require Quarantine?

Hi PetRelocation,

We are considering a job in Vancouver, but if the animals have to be held in quarantine, we won't even consider it.

Can you tell us whether our animals (all up to date on health records and shots) would have to be held in quarantine in a move from Boulder to Vancouver? (We would drive them out, probably in an R.V.)


Hi Fernanda,

Thanks for contacting us with your question! Good news: If you take a look at the Pet Import Requirements to Canada, you'll see that there's no reason to prepare for a quarantine when moving pets to Canada.

Primarily you'll just need to focus on having proof of up-to-date rabies vaccines and all the additional necessary paperwork. Crossing the border with pets can be an experience that varies from one person to the next based on different factors, but we recommend being properly prepared just in case the border agent you encounter follows all the rules exactly. 

Please feel free to give us a call if you'd like to ask one of our Pet Relocation Specialists about anything further, and take a look at our North America pet travel guide for more tips and information about traveling with your pets. 

Good luck, Fernanda!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Fernanda
Number of Pets: 3 dogs, 2 cats
Pet Breed: Anatolian, Corgi, Border Collie, American Bobtails
From: Boulder, Colorado
To: Vancouver, Canada

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in November 2010 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team






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By David Sawatzky on March 15, 2017 at 10:18 am

Hi! I am a Hobby Budgerigar Breeder in Canada and would like to Import some Show Budgerigars from Germany to Canada. So my question is what are the steps I have to follow and what is the paperwork I have to do?

By Erin on April 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Good day We are considering moving from South Africa to Canada. Would our pets be quarantined and if so for how long? I have read that you need a certified rabies certificate and health certificate by a registered vet. Anything else that you need? Passports ECT? Thanks so much. Erin

By on April 10, 2017 at 1:19 pm

Hi Erin, thank you for your question! The best source to refer to is the official Canada government site: Here is where you'll find specific information relating to your origin country, etc. Hope this helps! Just let us know if you'd like some help arranging your move: Good luck with everything!

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