Bringing cats to China is possible, but know that this is a complex process that will require quite a bit of of careful planning.
In addition to following the import requirements carefully, you'll also want to talk to your vet about any health-related questions you have, and in the weeks before your move you'll need to buy an airline-approved travel crate for your cat and help them get used to spending time in it.
Keep reading for more information about how to transport cats to China, and be sure to reach out for assistance if you're feeling overwhelmed.
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Regulations for Importing Cats to China
Attention: Precise regulations can change at any time, so be sure to double check with the appropriate authorities or with your PetRelocation Consultant to find the most current and accurate information available.
Though strongly recommended for all international travel, a microchip is not required for entry into China. An ISO-compatible microchip might be required for your destination country if you are exporting from China, so be sure to check with your destination country prior to departure if you have another move planned in the future.
Rabies Vaccination and Certificate
All cats must have an original rabies certificate, and this certificate must state the date of inoculation and the validity of the vaccination. The rabies vaccine must be administered more than 30 days from the day of departure but within the last year. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.
It is suggested that cats have full vaccinations, as well:
- Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
- Chlamydia Psittaci
- Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvo Virus
Veterinary Health Certificate for Export of Cats from The US to China
For pets coming from the United States, this China-specific USDA health certificate should be filled out by your USDA accredited veterinarian. This must be issued within seven days of the flight.
The following must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please ask your PetRelocation Specialist to find out more about the best way to manage this.
- Rabies Certificate
- Vaccination Records
- Veterinary Health Certificate for Export of Cats from The US to China
One pet per passport/visa is allowed to enter the country with their owner in most Chinese cities.
Quarantine depends on the port of entry. Please contact us or the local authorities for the most current quarantine rules for Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Nanjing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Shenyang, Harbin or any other city to which you're planning to move.