Pet News Update: Changes to Korea’s Pet Import Requirements

UPDATE: These rules were originally scheduled to change this month, but will now take effect next year. Also, it was originally stated that the titer test should be done between 90 days and 24 months before the date of departure, but the time frame has now been specified to be between 30 days and 24 months.

Nothing stays the same for too long in the world of pet travel. For example, beginning December 1, 2012, a titer test will now be required when bringing pets to Korea. This is important information to keep in mind if you're planning a trip, as the test must be done at least a month before the time of departure.

Here is what else you should know:


New Korea Import Rules

The new rules apply to all countries other than the following rabies-free countries:

Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Cayman Islands, French Polynesia, Martinique, Department of Reunion, Wallis and Futuna, Albania, Dominica Republic, Macedonia, Lichtenstein, Malaysia, Switzerland

It's also necessary to have:

-An ISO compatible Microchip.

-A Rabies vaccine that is valid at the time of import and older than 30 days.

-A rabies antibody titer test completed at an internationally approved laboratory, and the test must be older than three months but less than two years. The result must be 0.5 IU/ml or greater.

-The above information must be written on a health certificate, and the validity is determined by the country of export and/or airline.

(This information comes from the National Veterinary Research & Quarantine Service (NVRQS).)


Other Travel Considerations

Although not required, PetRelocation strongly recommends the following vaccines:

-For dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Bordetella vaccines

-For cats: Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Feline Enteritis- Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus



Contact PetRelocation with any questions about moving pets to Korea (or anywhere else, for that matter). Happy traveling, everyone!

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