A Comprehensive Guide to Importing Dogs and Cats to the Philippines

A Comprehensive Guide to Importing Dogs and Cats to the Philippines

When relocating your furry friends to the Philippines, it's crucial to understand and comply with the country's pet import regulations. To make this process smooth and successful, here are the key steps you need to take:

  1. Work with your veterinarian: Ensure that your pet's vaccinations are current and comply with the import requirements for the Philippines.

  2. Obtain an import permit: To bring pets to the Philippines, you must secure an import permit. This permit will outline all the requirements for pet transport, including the necessary health certificates.

  3. Kennel acclimation: Prepare your pet for a long flight by helping them get accustomed to their travel kennel. The goal is to create a positive and comfortable experience for your pet inside the kennel.

  4. Contact a PetRelocation Specialist: Our team of experts will work with you and the Bureau of Animal Industry in the Philippines to facilitate the import permit process and ensure a seamless pet relocation experience.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to the Philippines

Please note: The information provided below is intended as general guidelines and may not reflect the most current regulations. We recommend contacting the appropriate authorities in the Philippines for the latest pet import requirements.

Regulations for Importing Pets to the Philippines

  • Microchip: Though not required, an ISO-compatible microchip is strongly recommended.

  • Rabies and Vaccine Certificate: Each pet must have original rabies and vaccine certificates listing the following vaccines: Rabies, Canine Distemper, Infectious Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Canine Parvovirus, or Feline Panleukopenia. The certificate should include:

    • Microchip details
    • Pet details (breed, color, markings, DOB, sex, age)
    • Date of inoculation and validity period
    • For Rabies: serial/lot number, product, manufacturer
  • Vet Health Certificate (APHIS Form 7001): This standard Health Certificate must be filled out by your USDA-accredited veterinarian and issued within 10 days of the flight. It must state that there have been no reported cases of rabies within a 20-kilometer radius of the pet owner’s home in the last six months. Pets should also be treated for internal and external parasites within the 10 days prior to departure.

  • USDA Endorsements: The following documents must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval:

    • A valid copy of import permit
    • Original Form 7001 filled out within the 10 days before departure
    • Rabies and vaccination certificate (as described above)

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