|Exiting from China with Pets|
Exiting from China with Pets
Whether you have brought your beloved pets with you to China or have adopted your pets locally, it is never too early to learn about exit requirements to ensure a smooth departure when preparing to take your pets with you when you leave China.
Keep in mind that you will need to prepare for two sets of processes when moving to another country with your pets. The first is clearing the exit process for the PRC, which is easy and straightforward and can be summarized in the three steps below. The second process is fulfilling the entry requirements for the country to which your pets are relocating. This may be more involved, depending on the country, and best managed by preparing well in advance of your departure date, usually 6-months or more if heading to countries within the European Union and strict quarantine control destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Taiwan.
Entry requirements for each country will vary so pet owners are recommended to check with the embassy or department of agriculture or quarantine bureau of the country to which pets are relocating for accurate guidelines on vaccination and other requirements.
The three simple steps for clearing exit requirements for pet owners based in Beijing are summarized below:
Step 1: Rabies Vaccinations and the Official Vaccination Immunity Certificate
Complete rabies vaccination and obtain official PRC immunity certificate certifying pet vaccinated at least 30-days before but not more than 12-months before departure
Animals departing China must be rabies vaccinated at an official animal vaccination hospital in the PRC and must have the official “Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate” (vaccination red book).
Recommend owners keep good records of pet’s local vaccinations upon adoption or arrival in Beijing. By law, all dogs must be rabies vaccinated annually in the PRC. Cats should also receive annual rabies vaccinations as well. China does not recognize the 2- or 3-year rabies vaccines from other countries. ICVS is an officially designated animal vaccination hospital in the PRC and can vaccinate all pets and issue the official vaccination certificate required for export.
Step 2: Health Examination and Health Certificate
Undergo health examination NOT MORE THAN 7-days before departure date at government run Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau animal hospital
After your pets have completed their vaccinations and have obtained the official “vaccination red books,” pet owners may take their pets for an exit health examination at the designated government quarantine bureau animal hospital, Guan Shang, 7-days prior to the animal’s departure date from China. Pets will undergo a brief examination that may include blood tests and stool checks. Once completed, you will be issued a “Beijing International Companion Animal Health Inspection Certificate” (Health Certificate), which is required to obtain the official “Animal Health Certificate for Exit” (Exit Permit) from the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. Fees will be charged for the examination and the tests. Owners should bring the pet, the vaccination red book, passport (one passport per pet) and cash (e.g., RMB 1200.00+ per pet) at the time of the visit.
Kindly note that in November 2011, the Guan Shang animal hospital that performs the official exit health examinations began requiring all animals to be microchipped by the time of the exam. The microchips required are the European Union ISO 11784 /11785 standard or other ISO compliant microchips. Please note that this microchip requirement is NOT a national or Beijing municipal government or an Entry/Exit Quarantine and Inspection Bureau requirement. This is ONLY the requirement of the Guan Shang animal hospital in Beijing. ICVS can help microchip all pets and has universal microchip scanners to ensure microchip readability of already microchipped pets.
Best to go for the health examination early in the morning when the quarantine bureau’s Guan Shang animal hospital opens. Appointments are usually not accepted. If you are not proficient in Mandarin, it is recommended to bring a Chinese-speaking friend to help with communications.
The health certificate is usually issued within 2-business days after the examination and is valid for 7-days from the issue date. If the health certificate is not exchanged for an exit permit before the expiration date, the health examination must be repeated.
Step 3: “Animal Health Certificate for Exit” (Exit Permit)
Pick-up exit permit from Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau after receiving health certificate
Owners may present the health certificate to obtain the official “Animal Health Certificate for Exit” (Exit Permit). The Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau has a satellite office on the second floor of the quarantine bureau animal hospital where owners may process the exit permit. Bring your “vaccination red book,” the health certificate and your passport. It is not necessary to bring your pet to apply for the exit permit. The exit permit fee is about RMB 100.00 and is usually processed within 2-business days and is valid for 14-days once issued. Please confirm latest regulations with the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau for exit requirements and exit permit validity periods. Government agencies may revise policies at anytime without prior notice. Once you receive the exit permit, pet owners have 14-days to take pets overseas.
The Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau’s office hours are: Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM (Closed for ALL public and national holidays).
Entry Regulations for Pets
Entry requirements for the importation of pets will vary country-by-country. A brief summary of entry requirements for popular destination countries is provided below for reference only. Regulations are subject to change without notice. Please research entry requirements as early as possible and contact the embassy or department of agriculture or quarantine bureau of your destination country for latest regulations.
Importing Pets to Continental USA (excludes Hawaii) and Canada
Importing Pets to EU Countries and Japan
Importing Pets to Australia/New Zealand/Taiwan
Microchipping for Exporting Pets:
In November 2011, the Guan Shang animal hospital in Beijing that performs the government authorized exit health examinations, began requiring all animals to be microchipped by the time of the exam. The microchips required are the European Union ISO 11784 /11785 or other compliant models. Please note that this microchip requirement is NOT an official Beijing Municipal government or an Entry/Exit Quarantine and Inspection Bureau requirement. This is ONLY the requirement of the Guan Shang animal hospital. This new requirement was introduced to allow accurate identification of animals at the time of the exit health examination.
The microchipping requirement for export from China is not uniformly required throughout the country. Please check with the local Entry/Exit Quarantine and Inspection Bureau of your province if you are departing China from a city other than Beijing.
Please note that microchipping is required by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia/New Zealand and the European Union countries, in addition to others. Canada and the United States (excluding Hawaii) do not require pets to be microchipped for entry. To import pets into Hawaii, please check the USDA or CDC web sites for import requirements and contact ICVS as soon as possible as regulations for Hawaii differ significantly than for that of the continental USA.
ICVS can help insert microchips for all pets. ICVS can also help scan already microchipped pets with our universal microchip scanners. Please contact ICVS for more information about microchipping.
Rabies Antibody Titre Testing:
The European Union countries, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and several others require rabies antibody titre testing for pets entering into these countries/territories. The United States (excluding Hawaii) and Canada do not, at this time, require rabies antibody titre testing for pets.
Countries/territories requiring the rabies antibody titre test usually stipulate that the pet be vaccinated for rabies at least 4- to 7-months prior to departure. One month after the rabies vaccination, the pet’s blood needs to be sampled and the separated serum taken to an official EU authorized laboratory that may perform the rabies antibody titre test. EU countries require that the blood sample must be drawn at least 3- to 6-months before the pet’s arrival date in the EU. Pets must be microchipped on or before the rabies vaccination date.
ICVS offers EXPRESS rabies antibody titre testing at an officiall authorized EU OIE laboratory. Rabies antibody titre test results are available in 2-3 weeks time. Please contact ICVS for more information about preparing for the rabies antibody titre test.
Quarantine Before Exit from China:
There is no quarantine requirement for pets exiting from China. There may be quarantine requirements for your destination country. Please check with the embassy, agricultural bureau or quarantine bureau of your destination country for quarantine requirements.
Pet Registration Requirements for Exit from China:
There is no registration requirement for pets departing from Beijing. The dog registration requirement for Beijing Municipality is specifically required for dogs that reside in Beijing. A dog registration license is not required to export dogs.
Please contact the International Center for Veterinary Services for any questions about departing from China with your pets. ICVS provides free pet import and export counseling services for the community to ensure that all members of the family may arrive and depart China together!
Please Note: This information is provided as reference only. Pet owners must contact the embassies, agricultural bureaus or quarantine bureaus of the countries to which pets are relocating for latest regulations. Regulations and quarantine requirements may change at any time. ICVS is not responsible for any differences in regulations from information provided in this document.
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Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau’s Guan Shang Animal Hospital:
(Schedule the exit health exam not more THAN 7-DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE)
Beijing Guan Shang Animal Hospital (Part of Beijing Entry/Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau)
Health Examinations for Exit: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (7-days a week)
Guan Shang Animal Hospital Address:
北 三环中路7 号 （安华桥往西三百米路北）
Bei san huan zhong lu qi hao (An hua qiao wang xi san bai mi, lu bei). #7 North Third Ring Middle Road. (300 meters West of An Hua Qiao, on the North side of the street.)
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