Moving to China with your dog? Start by acquainting yourself with the country's import requirements and learning about your safe pet shipping options.
Bringing dogs to China also means buying an airline-approved travel kennel and working to help your dog get used to spending time in it, as this will make the trip much less stressful.
Keep reading to learn more about importing dogs to China, and be sure to reach out for help if you find yourself with questions or concerns.
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Regulations for Importing Dogs 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 dogs 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 dogs have full vaccinations, as well:
- Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis
Veterinary Health Certificate for Export of Dogs from The US to China
For dogs coming from the US, this China-specific USDA health certificate should be filled out by your USDA accredited veterinarian. This document 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 Dogs 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.
Note that dogs must be registered with the local police in your place of residence within 30 days of arrival into China.