New Regulations for Pet Travel to Korea Beginning December 2011

Beginning in a little over a year, travelers moving cats and dogs to Korea will face changes in import regulations. Here's the rundown of the guidelines that will be put into place December 1, 2011.

For pets coming from countries not considered "rabies-free":
 
-Microchips will be mandatory for all cats and dogs. The microchip number should be stated on the official health certificate.

-Rabies Antibody tests are required for cats and dogs over 90 days old, and the result should be greater than 0.5IU/ml. The test should be done between three months and two years before arrival. The original test result should accompany the pets.

-Rabies vaccinations should be completed more than 30 days before departure and within the last 1 or 3 years, depending on the type of vaccine administered.
 
For pets coming from "rabies-free" countries (Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Cayman Islands, Polynesia, Martinique , Albania, Dominica, Malaysia, Switzerland):
 
-Microchips will be mandatory for all cats and dogs. The microchip number should be stated on the official health certificate.

-Rabies Antibody tests are NOT REQUIRED. 

-Rabies Vaccinations are NOT REQUIRED

-For the Official Health certificate, no validation date is required by the Korean government, and it depends on the export country’s regulation for the validation of the health certificate.
 
 If these regulations are not properly met, the pet will be quarantined.
 
 Required Documents:
 
-Original Rabies Vaccination certificate
-Official Health certificate, including microchip number
-Original Rabies Antibody test result
 
 Finally, Korea will allow four animals maximum per person/company to import.
 

That's all the information we have for now; we'll be sure to keep you informed of any further changes that may put into place over the next few months.

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