Pet Travel Hong Kong: Relocating Cats & Dogs

Hong Kong is a very popular destination and we relocate pets to Hong Kong on an extremely regular basis.

We can assist with all aspects of Hong Kong pet travel, including necessary permits and customs clearance on arrival.

We work very closely with a number of boarding facilities and IATA approved agents who can look after your pets on arrival, or arrange on-ward delivery to your new home.

We are also Cathay Pacific’s preferred agents for pets travelling to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Pet Travel Paperwork Explained

For entry in to Hong Kong, your cat or dog will need a DEFRA (Department for environment, food and rural affairs) export health certificate, as well as an import permit issue by the Hong Kong’s agriculture, fisheries and conservation department.

If you book your pet to travel with PBS, we will apply for the DEFRA export health certificate free of charge! We can also apply for your import permit as an optional service.

What vaccinations does my cat or dog need to travel to Hong Kong?

For cats travelling to Hong Kong, the following vaccinations must be given no more than 12 months and no less than 10 days prior to the day of export:

  • Feline pan leukcopenia
  • Feline respiratory disease complex

For dogs over 12 weeks of age travelling to Hong Kong, the following vaccinations must be given no more than 12 months and no less than 10 days prior to the day of export:

  • Canine distemper virus
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Infectious canine hepatitis

For puppies under 12 weeks of age travelling to Hong Kong, the following vaccinations must be given no less than ten days prior to export with the animal being at least 6 weeks of age at the time of export.

  • Canine distemper virus (Using a distemper vaccine licensed for use in UK for young puppies under 12 weeks of age)
  • Canine parvovirus (Using a vaccine licensed for use in the UK for puppies as above)
  • Infectious canine hepatitis (Using a vaccine which according to the manufacturer’s instructions is appropriate for puppies this age)

Does my cat or dog need a rabies vaccination?

Rabies is not required prior to travel for cats travelling to Hong Kong.

All dogs however, will be vaccinated against rabies upon arrival in Hong Kong at the same time as the Hong Kong Dog License is issued. Even if your dog has a current rabies vaccination, it will still be vaccinated upon arrival, so it is advisable not to give your dog the vaccination prior to export.

Does my cat or dog need a health check at the vets prior to travel?

Yes, all cats and dogs will need to be seen by a government approved vet no more than 14 days prior to travel. This is when your vet will complete the DEFRA export health certificate – you can find an example of the DEFRA export health certificate here.  If you book your cat or dog to travel to Hong Kong with PBS, we will apply for your DEFRA export health certificate which will then be sent directly to your nominated veterinarian in time for the final check up. Please note, we require at least 10 working days for the application to be processed.

Does my cat or dog have to be a certain age to travel to Hong Kong?

Yes, Hong Kong requires that all cats and dogs must be over 60 days of age at the time of export.

Does my pet have to be microchipped before travel?

Yes, all dogs and cats travelling to Hong Kong must be implanted with a microchip that is compliant with the International Standards Organization (ISO) or AVID standards and able to be read by an AVID, or other ISO compatible reader. If the microchip cannot be found or read upon the animal’s arrival in Hong Kong, the owner/ agent must provide a reader so that the microchip number can be verified, otherwise the animal may be returned to the country/place of origin at the expense of the owner/ agent.

Are they any other rules and regulations for cats and dogs travelling to Hong Kong?

Yes, the following dog breeds are not allowed entry in to Hong Kong:

  • Any dog of the type known as Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brazileiro
  • Any crosses of the above

Pregnant female dogs cannot travel to Hong Kong unless they are less than 4 weeks pregnant.

All cats and dogs must must have been a continuous resident in the UK for at least 180 days prior to export, or since birth, or since the animal was directly imported from Hong Kong.

Further Advice on Hong Kong Pet Travel

For any other animals travelling to the Hong Kong please contact us or fill in our online enquiry form to receive more information.

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