Travel Alert: South Korea Bans Pets Arriving with Passengers Due to Pneumonic Plague

Today, South Korean customs announced a new regulation for pets due to Pneumonic plague. This is the first restriction pet friendly South Korea has imposed for bringing pets as a carry on or excess baggage.

Effective today, 11 August 2009, South Korea will not accept any pets as pet traveling as a carry on or as excess baggage.

Our agent in South Korea reports that this initially was only for pets coming from China however as of this morning they have started to prohibit pets as a carry on or excess baggage from all countries.

All overseas travelers bringing pets to Korea must ship pets as a manifested cargo only.  If you have plans to travel to South Korea with your pet, please call the airline you had planned to fly for more details.


PetRelocation Team





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By on August 15, 2009 at 12:22 am

I'm flying with my puppy on Asiana airlines from seattle to seoul, korea at the end of the month and they said everything would be fine (I called just now). My puppy is also confirmed with the airline to fly with me and I also checked on the korean internet and couldn't find anything relating to this matter.


By on August 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I just contacted the Incehon Int'l Airport-Animal Quarantine and they told me it's only the dogs coming from CHINA that have to be flown manifested cargo.


By Anonymous on December 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm


I am bringing my cat (in cabin, with Air Canada) and dog (via Air Canada Live Cargo) to South Korea in February 2010.  I phone the Incheon International Airport--Animal Quarantine number (as directed to do by the Korean Consulate) to find out if there are any current bans/restrictions on bringing my pets; however, they didn't have anyone available who spoke English well enough to answer my question.

Do you have any updated information on whether or not South Korea is currently permitting pets to arrive in cabin?  Also, are they still allowing larger pets to arrive as cargo?  Or, can you direct me to someone who can answer this question?

Any help would be appreciated!



By Pet Relocation on August 24, 2009 at 9:27 am

They are now saying that this has been changed back, however our customs agent advises people entering South Korea with pets from ohter areas that they ask the customs officials on a case-by-case basis.


By on August 15, 2009 at 12:23 am

to add. my puppy is only 4lbs so he will be flying in the cabin with me.


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