Moving to Hong Kong with Pets

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What does it take to import a dog to Hong Kong? Quite a bit of time and planning and a bit of expert advice are needed, but it’s possible to plan a move here safely.

Planning a pet relocation to Hong Kong means following the import rules listed below, which include having microchips for dogs and cats, current vaccination records, and a vet health certificate.

When bringing a dog to Hong Kong it’s also advised to spend some time working to crate train your pet before the move, as this will make for a much less stressful trip. (Cats and other pets benefit from this step, as well.)

Note: There is no quarantine for pets entering Hong Kong from the United States provided the requirements are properly met.

Read on to find out more about the requirements for pet transport to Hong Kong, and feel free to bring any questions you have to your PetRelocation Specialist.


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Relocation Info According to Species

Regulations for Importing Pets to Hong Kong

Attention: This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements. Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.

Microchip

Dogs: Hong Kong requires all dogs to be microchipped prior to import. This can be an AVID 9-digit microchip or an ISO-compatible microchip (Home Again, ResQ, etc.). However, all dogs must be registered in Hong Kong with an AVID 9-digit microchip. If your dog does not have an AVID 9-digit microchip upon arrival in Hong Kong, they will be re-chipped with an AVID 9-digit microchip with an additional fee.

Cats: Hong Kong requires all cats to be microchipped prior to import. This can be an AVID 9-digit microchip or an ISO-compatible microchip (Home Again, ResQ, etc.).

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state the microchip number, the date of inoculation and the validity of the particular vaccination you obtain – this can be a one or three year vaccine and must be administered at least 30 days and less than a year before departure.

Current Vaccination Records for Dogs and Cats

Records must be at least 14 days old and less than a year old before departure.

  • Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis and Leptospirosis
  • Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
  • Chlamydia Psittaci
  • Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus

Import Permit

An import permit is required to enter the country. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn about the best way to manage this.

Vet Health Certificate (USDA APHIS Form 7001)

This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited Veterinarian. It must be issued within seven days of the flight.

Hong Kong Health Certificate

This is the AFCD health certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited veterinarian along with the Form 7001. It must be issued within seven days of the flight.

USDA Endorsements

The documents below must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about the best way to manage this.

  • Microchip Implantation Record
  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vaccination Records
  • Import Permit
  • Vet Health Certificate (USDA APHIS Form 7001)
  • Hong Kong Health Certificate

Additional Details

There is no quarantine when entering Hong Kong from the United States if the above requirements have been met.

Note that dogs and cats must be at least five months old to enter Hong Kong.

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