Shipping Pets to the Philippines: Quarantine Information

Hi PetRelocation,

If I travel with my dog to the Philippines, are they going to quarantine him once he arrives in the country? If so, for how long? Does my dog get delivered right away to the appropriate address? Please advise.

- Juvy


Hi Juvy,

Thank you for your question! We're happy to help with some guidance.

The most common question people have when they begin to look into moving their pets internationally is “Will there be quarantine?” No one likes the idea of quarantine, and for some countries, like the UK and Japan, we will work with our clients and their vets to prepare pets ahead of time to avoid quarantine by meeting all import requirements correctly.

Some countries, however, do not allow quarantine exemptions no matter what you do—like Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

Fortunately, when shipping pets to the Philippines, we don't have to worry about either scenario. Due to the fact that the Philippines already has most animal diseases (specifically rabies), they have no need to quarantine incoming pets.

However, an import permit is required prior to shipping pets to the Philippines. This needs to be obtained from the Philippines Department of Agriculture

Finally, regarding arrival and delivery, this depends on whether you work with a service like ours, which provides door-to-door pet moving services, or move your pet on your own. When using our services, we can clear customs and then deliver your pet directly to your front door upon arrival in the Philippines.

Hope that helps!

Contact us when you're ready to discuss your pet transport options for the Philippines!


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2009 and has been updated with new information.


PetRelocation Team


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By Chris Whipps on September 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm

What vet tests do I need to export Indian ring necks from Australia to the Philippines

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Hi Chris! Since you are exporting Australia, you'll want to check with AQIS for export requirements. Hopefully this link helps you get started on the research. If we can be of assistance, please reach out to us directly via our arrange a move form. Hope this helps!

By Marian Kristine Ringor on July 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Hi, we are leaving UAE for good by the end of the month. I am to get all the documents needed for my cat. Import and export permit. He is a domestic long hair, I have spoken to an agent from PAL if I can bring him. I am worried that his breed is included in their embargo list. I am not yet to receive any reply from them. And if I may be able to bring him. how much will it cost me for some customs payment? Thanks

By Maegan at PetRelocation on July 16, 2018 at 11:24 am

Hi Marian! Here are the requirements for importing your cat into The Philippines. As far as we are aware, there are not import restrictions for long-haired kitties. In terms of pricing, there are a number of variables that make up the cost of a pet move. Feel free to check out our blog post on how much a pet relocation can cost. If we can be of assistance planning your cat's move, please let us know! Thanks!

By Mayrose Pimentel on January 20, 2018 at 6:46 am

I bring 4 dogs from saudi to philippines last december 17 ,2017, via saudia airlines., the dogbreed is Havanese, the custom in the airport charged me for their tax in order for me to take my dogs in the cargo.. i am wondering why they charged me, .. my querry is ? is it in our law to pay tax in the airport? Please send me the calculation how much should i pay for my 4 dogs? Tanx and god bless

By Christina at PetRelocation on January 23, 2018 at 11:01 am

Hello Mayrose,

Good question. It is standard for a tax to be applied at the airport, and it would have been based on the cost of your airfreight. For more information on the percentage and how they calculated these charges, I would reach out to the airport and ask them if they can provide these numbers. Hope this helps!

By Jane G.Dacanay on December 20, 2017 at 11:52 pm

Please help.we're planning to go home this june 2017 for good.

By Christina at PetRelocation on December 21, 2017 at 9:07 am

Hi Jane,

Since we are in the US and you’re moving from Saipan to the Philippines, we recommend looking into a local pet shipper for this move. This will be a much more economical option, and IPATA (International Pet and Animal Transportation Association) has a directory of trusted companies listed on their website. Since there aren’t any movers listed under the Northern Mariana Islands, I suggest searching by a neighboring country to see if they service Saipan.

I hope this helps!

By like to bring my 2 petdogs from saipan t on December 20, 2017 at 11:49 pm

Hope you can help me.

By Kate Manlapaz on December 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Hi do you have branch in thailand? Because im planning to ship a dog from thailand to Philippines. How much with I expense?

By on December 14, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Hello Kate,

Thank you for reaching out to us! We're happy to help with your dog's upcoming move, however we may not be the most cost-effective option for you (since we are located in the United States).

We recommend searching the IPATA directory for another reputable pet-shipping company in Thailand.

If you'd still like to speak with one of our consultants about your dog's travels, please fill out our online form here. Thanks and best wishes!

By Sharon on November 25, 2017 at 9:47 pm

How can you transport a 7mon old golden retriever from philippines to hong kong without quarantine?

By on November 27, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Hello Sharon,

Unfortunately, because the Philippines is considered a Group III country by Hong Kong, there is no way around the 4-month quarantine period.

With that, we have had pets travel from Group III countries into Hong Kong and stay the quarantine period without any issue - the pets are well cared for in quarantine.

I know this may not have been the news you wanted to hear, but if you need further guidance or are still interested in moving your Golden Retriever please let us know here. We're happy to help if we can!

By ash on October 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm

hi..i have few question also. i live in hongkong i want my dog to bring in philippines jus for holiday..hes a 2years old pekinges dog, i am afraid also the climate there will be kill also.. hes a very sensitive dog not gud for hot weather..pls let me know if it be in cargo?thanks....

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