What to Know About Importing Dogs and Cats to Thailand

Moving to Thailand and want to take your pets with you? Pet transport to Thailand is possible, and it's best handled with several weeks of preparation.

To start, Thai authorities require all animals entering the country to have microchip identification implanted before travel. An inactivated rabies vaccination and certificate are also a must.

Before bringing a dog to Thailand, apply for an import permit and visit a USDA accredited vet (if you're originating in the United States) who can provide a health certificate. The microchip implantation record and health and rabies certificates must have USDA endorsements.

Learn more about the rules for bringing pets to Thailand below, and reach out to your PetRelocation Specialists for guidance throughout the process.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Thailand

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.


Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. Thailand currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

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 – some are good for two years, others are only good for one. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.

Vet Health Certificate (Form 7001)

This is the standard Health Certificate to be filled out by your USDA accredited veterinarian, and it must be issued within 10 days of the flight.

Import Permit

It is necessary to obtain an import permit from the Bangkok Animal Quarantine Station in order to enter Thailand. This permit is good for 45 days from date of issue.

USDA Endorsements

The following 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
  • Vet Health Certificate
  • Current Vaccination Records

Additional Vaccines

Dogs: Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Hepatitis (DHLPP)

Cats: Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia Psittaci, Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus

These vaccines must be no less than 21 days old at the time of arrival in Thailand and no more than one year old.

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