Moving to Hong Kong with pets in tow? You've come to the right place! Meet our experts and see how we can make this portion of your relocation as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on your human move.
What to Know Before Bringing Dogs and Cats to Hong Kong
Microchip and Vaccinations
Make sure your pet meets these basic requirements so you can begin the import process.
The Hong Kong requires an import permit and endorsed documentation that your veterinarian must complete.
Quarantine (and more)
Most pets do not require quarantine when entering Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Import Requirements and Timeline
Microchip and vaccinations
Time frame: we recommend starting at least 30 days ahead
All pets entering the Hong Kong must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and other species-specific vaccines. Read more below for specific details and requirements.
How to start the process of moving your pet to Hong Kong
- 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.
- 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. The rabies vaccine must be at least 30 days old at time of travel.
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
Time frame: Within 7 days prior to departure
PetRelocation will apply for and obtain an import permit on your behalf. At this stage, we provide detailed templates for your veterinarian and answer any questions regarding the proper completion of all forms.
Proper paperwork prevents hangups at customs
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.
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
When importing from most countries, your pet should not require quarantine.
Make sure you're aware of the import requirements and restrictions due to breed when importing pets into Hong Kong.
Banned and restricted breeds
Check your country of export:
When the import regulations are followed, most pets entering Hong Kong will not need quarantine. However, importing from some countries may require a quarantine stay. You can check your country of export here, or ask your relocation coordinator.
Note that dogs and cats must be at least five months old to enter Hong Kong.
Banned breeds in Hong Kong:
Not all breeds are allowed in this country. You may not be able to bring your pet if they are one of the following breeds (or a mix of one):
- Pit Bull Terrier
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Japanese Tosa
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Braziliero
- Savannah cats.
Pets that arrive in Hong Kong that resemble the above breeds could be seized by the authorities and returned to their place of origin at the owner's expense.
Our Hong Kong Team
Meet the experts behind your pet's move!
Kelcey made sure I was totally informed upfront as to what we could expect, and she kept me totally informed each step of the way!