Pet Relocation: Can I Bring My Pet to China?

Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson

Don’t be 60 years old and say… "I could have done that!" Do it now!

 / Feb 9, 2018

Can I bring my pet to China? The short answer is YES.  Although it is not as easy as just showing up in China with your pet.  Each country has a different process for pet relocation, including China.  To help get you started, we have broken down a couple of steps needed to make sure of a smooth transition when bringing your pet to China.  

Contact Your Embassy to Confirm the Process

Below is a guideline of the different steps based on our research as of the date of this blog post.  However, procedures do change without notice.  While Career China has our own in-house Visa Team to help prospective teachers stay up on current policies, ultimately it is the teacher's responsibility to ensure they follow all the proper steps to bring their pet to China.  

Major Embassies in Beijing, China

United States Embassy -

Canadian Embassy -

United Kingdom Embassy -

South African Embassy -

Australian Embassy -

New Zealand Embassy -

TIP:  Bring Your Pet Through a Major Airport & Prepare for Quarantine

Most people arriving in China will either fly through Beijing or Shanghai international airport.  In fact, we highly recommend that if you are bringing a pet that you route through these major hubs.  Because Beijing and Shanghai are the main airports, they will have more experience in dealing with pets coming to China than a small airport would.  That could help the process go smoother.

When it comes to quarantine, please note that depending on the country that you are coming from, there will be different quarantine lengths from 7 days to 30 days.  Please check with your local embassy & department of agriculture to confirm the length for your country.

Steps To Bring a Pet to China (Based on US Policy)

While we cannot document the process for every single country around the world (because they all vary), we have decided to follow the US policy because it is some of the most detailed we could find.  Likely, other countries will follow similar processes (again, be sure to check with your Embassy to confirm).  

Step 1:  Get Proof of Vaccination Shots 

The first step is making sure you have all proper vaccines and documents of vaccines for your pet.   These documents will need to be given to Quarantine Officials upon arriving in China.  Make sure you have plenty of copies of all documents at all times. 

- Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies within 1 year of entry into China.

- Pets under 3 months do not need to be vaccinated for rabies. 

Step 2:  Proper International Health Certificate 

You will need to make sure that all your vaccine documents meet USDA standards prior to arriving in China.  This means that your Veterinarian must be USDA Accredited Veterinarian or your paperwork may not be valid and up to China standards.  

- Only 1 pet is allowed per traveler.  The traveler’s name MUST be on the pet’s health certificate documents.  The name needs to match the name on your passport.

- Each pet must have its own set of health certificate documents. (1 pet per certificate)

Print & Fill out Health Certificates for your Pet in China



Step 3:  Color Copy of Passport of Pet Owner (Traveler)

Each pet needs to have a color copy of the owner/traveler's passport.  Again, this name must also match what is on all the pet's health certificate papers too.

- Make sure that this color copy of your passport has your address in China & your phone number on it.  More info on where you are staying in China the better.

Step 4:  Color Photograph of Your Pet

Each pet will need to have colored photo (preferably multiple).  This will be kept with all the records of your pet as it is processed for their arrival in China.

- A color copy would be better to help identify your pet.

- Digital copy on regular copy paper is acceptable. 

- One photocopy per pet.

Step 5:  Chinese Customs & Quarantine for Your Pet

This is going to be the toughest part of the process for bringing your pet to China, but quarantine is a part of the process for bringing your pet to China.

- Notify Chinese Customs of your pet’s arrival to China.  This will give them a heads up to know that you are bringing your pet with you to China.

- Once you arrive you will need to take your pet, fees of 280 元 ($35), and proper documents to the Animal & Plant Quarantine Office (CIQ) at the airport. 

- Your pet will be required to complete a 30-day quarantine in the CIQ designated facility.  This could change and be even less time, but it will be best to plan on 30 days.  

- During your pet’s quarantine, if clinical symptoms are observed, pets will be required to have an examination and undergo laboratory testing.   

- Your pet will be released only after your pet is determined to be healthy and has passed the required testing.

Dogs and cats entering China via Beijing from the following countries may require quarantine for a minimum of 7 days even if they meet all requirements of entry:  Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, & United Kingdom.

Pets entering from following countries entering through Beijing requires 30 days of quarantine:  South Africa, Canada & United States.

To learn more about quarantine & if you are traveling through somewhere other than Beijing or Shanghai please contact Inspection & Quarantine Bureau -

Step 6:  Register Your Pet with Local Police

Once you have picked up your pet from quarantine and you get to your city, then you will need to get it registered.  In fact, all foreigners moving to China need to register in China -- so the process is similar for you to register your pet too.

Additional Resources for Pet Relocation to China

It's great to know that we can bring our pets with us if we move to China.  However, it does take some advanced planning and additional expense to do this.  So be sure to do your research accordingly and contact your embassy to ensure you are following all the current steps.  With a little work, you will be able to enjoy your time in China with your beloved furry friend! 

Be sure to check out the additional resources / links below for additional information.


- It is the responsibility of the pet owner to make sure their pet has met all the requirements of the destination country. 

- Failure to meet the requirements may result in problems gaining certificate endorsement or difficulties upon arrival to China.

- Health Certificates must be legible, accurate, and complete.

Pet Relocation Services:

Other Helpful Links:

Find a USDA Credited Veterinarian -

Steps to Obtain an International Health Certificate for Pets -

Checklist for Obtaining an International Health Certificate for Pets -

More FAQs on International Travel with your Pet -

User Fees - Changes for Health Certificate Endorsement -

Pet Travel Guide -

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Josh Wilson

Don’t be 60 years old and say… "I could have done that!" Do it now!