A Pet’s Path Through Chinese Customs [New Rule]

Moving your pet to or from China can seem quite daunting at first glance due to the strict import rules and quarantine requirements.

While China’s regulations are confusing, the good news is that there are several options for leaving and entering China that is safe for pets – whether quarantine is required or not.

A Pet's Path Through Chinese Customs [New Rule] 


Chinese import protocols are quite strict when it comes to pets, as different cities and provinces require different items from owners (visas, passport copies, etc.) or ways of the entry (manifest cargo, excess baggage, in-cabin). It’s normal to have questions and to feel a little overwhelmed at first.

To start, all of China now requires that all pets have a microchip, a rabies vaccination within a year of departure (older than 30 days at the time of travel), a second rabies vaccine, and a rabies titer test. Assuming these conditions are met, your pet may enter the country through any port and on to your final destination.

Failure to meet the requirements above will result in a 30-day quarantine and limit approved ports of entry.

A Pet's Path Through Chinese Customs [New Rule]

Many major cities in China also require that dog owners obtain a dog license once the dog has arrived into the city. Beijing even requires this document prior to export, so if you’re planning on eventually leaving China with your dog it may be a good idea to look into obtaining a dog license upon arrival. This document can be obtained by paying a visit to the local police station with your dog along with your passport, visa, and local address in hand.



So what happens if you have more than one pet? You’re not out of luck, as there are two options for importing multiple pets into China:

  • Use another relative or friend’s passport(s) to import your other pet(s)

  • Enter China through Hong Kong

The options above also depend on your destination city in China. If you have multiple pets, reach out to your relevant consultant to determine the best option for your family. 


As mentioned above, you can still enter China without a rabies titer test from an approved lab. However, your pet will be required to stay in quarantine for 30 days before going home. Although the word quarantine can be intimidating, your pet will be cared for and you can expect the following during this time period:

  • The units pets stay in are air-conditioned and clean.

  • There’s an outdoor area for dogs and a cattery for cats.

  • Pets are fed twice a day and dogs are walked regularly.

  • While visitation is not allowed for security purposes, local contacts are welcome to call the facility to check in on pets throughout their stay.



When you’re ready to leave China, there is no pre-export quarantine for pets. This makes the process a little smoother, although it can still be tricky based on the city from which your pet is departing.

Regardless of the city, your pet will need to have a completed vaccination booklet (with stickers) from a Chinese vet, a health certificate, and an export permit. In most Chinese cities, the health certificate can only be obtained by going to a government-approved vet or a government vet, who also issues the export permit.

Because some cities require a copy of your physical passport to be present at the time of check-in for your pet, we highly recommend traveling after your pet has departed to avoid any issues with your own departure.

source: China  customs and internet

A Pet's Path Through Chinese Customs [New Rule]

A Pet's Path Through Chinese Customs [New Rule]

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