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 Annie on November 18, 2017 at 9:28 am

I am considering a permanent move to Canada from the US. currently, I have 8 cats. Will all 8 be able to cross at one time?

By on November 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

Hello Annie, thanks for reaching out!

As long as your cats are all domestic cats that are at least 3 months old (and meeting all of the import requirements for Canada here), you should not have any trouble with importing all 8 at the same time.

We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any further questions.

By Christy Davis on August 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm

we are considering a move to Canada to live. We have a small dog. I have read your answer about only needing current rabies and shots records. BUT, that letter was in 2010. What are the CURRENT requirements? Any changes? Besides paperwork, is there any "personality" or "behavior" tests required as well? Thanks

By on August 29, 2017 at 9:03 am

Hello Christy,

Great question! The vet requirements for moving a dog to Canada are the same as they were in 2010 and there is no need for a behavior test. You're welcome to read the up-to-date requirements on our website here.

Thanks for double-checking and let us know if you need any further help!

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

Good dayWe 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!

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?

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