Pet Relocation to China

Are you moving to Shanghai and are wondering about China’s pet relocation protocols? Are you wondering “is it possible, and if so, what are the regulations?” Below we have the basics you will need to know, as well as some pet relocation agency recommendations to help you with the process of moving your beloved pet.

Pet relocation to China is certainly possible for foreigners, although there are a few regulations and protocols that the government takes quite seriously. Firstly, the pet must be certified as healthy and up to date with all their vaccinations. They must also spend a period in quarantine upon arriving in the country, for which they will receive an approved health certificate. Specific regulations may vary between cities and provinces, but the general entry procedure we describe here is more or less the same.

There are two methods for bringing an animal to China. The first option is to carry to animal as a form of extra baggage. The second option is to ship the animal as a form of air cargo. The first option is recommended, as shipping an animal as air cargo subjects the animal to the harsh conditions of airplane storage. Different rules apply to each method, however, basic regulations are to be followed for each. These include the presentation of a vaccination certificate, which reports the full history of vaccinations, and a health certificate, both of which must be issued within 30 days of departure.

Upon arrival, pets are given a health inspection and a fee is paid at the airport for the animal’s quarantine time. For Shanghai, the official quarantine time that the animal must stay in the quarantine center is 7 days. You should check before hand to make sure there will be room for your pet on your expected day of arrival because the center can only house 50 dogs and cats at a given time. After this quarantine period, the animal is then transported to the owner’s home and must be quarantined again for 23 days, for a total of 30 days. The cost for the first week’s quarantine center is around 1000-2000 RMB. Other provinces’ and cities’ regulations may differ. You should always keep the original certificates along with the vaccination history with the pet at all times during the journey. You should also make multiple copies of these documents for safe keeping.

China also has different regulations for different pets, so if you are curious for more information, here you can view more details about pet immigration regulations.

Because handling the process can be quite overwhelming and confusing for foreigners who don’t speak Mandarin, using an international pet relocation agency has been a popular option for many expatriates. PetRelocation is a recommended agency to trust because of the great reviews from past clients. The majority of the documents were handled by the agency and the pets were handled with great care. Also, they are able avoid the seven day quarantine by entering China through Hong Kong.

TIP: When contacting property agents for housing, please let them know you have a pet with its breed and size. Some landlords don’t allow pets. Contact Adrienne Farrelly at Shanghai Properties if you’d like a pet friendly list of compounds. or call her at +8613122810421 for advice.

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties


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