Hong Kong Pet Shipping

Domestic dogs and cats cannot be imported into, or put into transit through, Hong Kong unless a Special Permit is obtained in advance from the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department. To apply for a Special Permit you will need to complete Form AF240 and submit it, together with the application fee. The permit for Hong Kong pet shipping takes around 5 days to process and is valid for 6 months.

There are special arrangements for the importation of Disability Assistance and Rescue dogs.

hong-kong-pet-shippingHong Kong Pet Shipping from Group One locations

Domestic dogs and cats imported direct from U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and Japan are normally exempted from Hong Kong quarantine, subject to full compliance with the permit terms on the document DC-01v01. This requires Certificates confirming Animal Health, Residence for preceding 180 days, Vaccination and an Airline Affidavit.

Hong Kong Pet Shipping from Group Two locations

Group Two locations comprise; Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Island, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guam, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Norway, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Taiwan, USA (Continental), Vanuatu and the Virgin Islands. This list is subject to review.

Domestic dogs and cats imported from Group Two locations may be exempted from Hong Kong quarantine provided the animals comply fully with the permit/declaration terms of document DC-02v01 and are accompanied by the certificates stipulated in Table 2 of Form No. G102b.

Hong Kong Pet Shipping from Group Three locations

Domestic dogs and cats imported from locations other than Group One and Two are subject to a minimum 4-month Hong Kong quarantine, to be booked 3 months in advance (recommended). For permit terms refer to document DC-03v01, Form No. G122 and the certificates stipulated in Table 3 of Form No. G102c.  The use of Form No. VC-DC3 for the preparation of  Animal Health Certificates is recommended.

Importing Cats and Dogs from China

Hong Kong Pet Shipping are subject to a minimum 4-month Hong Kong quarantine (domestic dogs and cats). You must submit the application in prescribed Forms (Form No. AF301 and Form No. PC100) and comply with the permit terms Attachment No.: DC-05v01.

Pet Shipping Practicalities

These tips should help prepare your dog or cat for their journey:

  • Get your pet used to spending short periods of time in their kennel prior to departure.
  • Cover the kennel floor with something absorbent and try not to feed your pet on the day of departure.
  • Place something in the kennel that has the scent of ‘home’, such as a toy or owner’s T-shirt.
  • Water and exercise your pet prior to departure.

You should refer to the website of  The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department for the necessary forms, to confirm all requirements and to check for updates on Pet Shipping Hong Kong.

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