To meet pet import China requirements for bringing pets to China, they must have:

  • Only cats and dogs are allowed
  • Tell us your plan 1.5-2 months before your planned departure
  • Microchip
  • Vaccination and Vaccination Record
  • China pet health certificate
  • Other treatments
  • Dog license (For dogs only)
  • IATA-standard crates required
  • Required pet must be accompanied by a single person, and a companion must travel with the pet.

We offer China pet import service, including cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai. Our company practices transparent pricing and has no hidden fees.

For pets entering China, each person is only allowed to bring one pet at a time, regardless of whether it is by land or air. Pets must be accompanied by a person, and this policy is not intended for commercial use but to facilitate travelers. Only cats and dogs are permitted, and we recommend entering through the land border in Shenzhen and then flying to other cities, where pets do not need to be quarantined.

Our fees include all vaccinations, documents, veterinary care, cages, and government fees, but do not include transportation to and from the border or clinic. We will provide the necessary information for self-clearance. The cost for small dogs or cats is approximately HKD$5800, for medium-sized dogs is HKD$6300, and for large dogs is HKD$7300. An additional pet will cost HKD$4000 for small-sized pets, HKD$4500 for medium-sized pets, and HKD$5500 for large-sized pets.

We require a 50% deposit upfront, and the remaining balance will be collected on the day of the health certificate issuance.

For pet travel China, we will complete all required vaccinations and microchipping before departure. Within seven days prior to departure, we will obtain the necessary health certificate and additional entry permit required for pet immigration to China. Once you receive the documents we provide, you can accompany your pet through customs.

If you choose to fly directly for pet transport China, according to the China airlines pet policy, only cargo shipment is available and there are limited destination options. The total cost starts from HKD 40,000, we do not recommend direct flights from Hong Kong to mainland China.

If you are interested in using our services for pet travel to China, please fill out our quotation request form and provide us with information about your pet’s travel details to help us create a personalized pet relocation plan. If you have any further questions or inquiries, you can contact us or WhatsApp us at +852 6358 3131 to speak with one of our professional consultants to help you with pet import to China.

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Common FAQs

The Complete Process: What Should You Do?

With the booming economic development in mainland China, many Hong Kong residents plan to develop their careers there. If you are a pet owner and want to move to mainland China with your furry friend, it is essential to comply with China pet immigration regulations. However, handling pet relocation to China is not a simple task and can consume a significant amount of time and effort. It requires pet owners to go through various domestic pet transport procedures, which can be daunting and even jeopardize the safety of the pet. That’s where a professional pet relocation company can help you.

PET TRAVEL provides the latest regulations on pet immigration to China and a detailed guide on how to relocate your pets to China. Planning ahead and seeking the help of a professional pet transport service can ensure a smoother and safer journey for you and your furry friend.

China Pet Immigration: Requirements for Bringing Pets into Mainland China

Limitation for Pet Import to China:

  1. Only dogs and cats are allowed to be brought into Mainland China as pets.
  1. Each person is allowed to bring only one pet into Mainland China.
  1. Pets must have a valid animal quarantine certificate issued by the official veterinary authority of the exporting country or region, proof of vaccination records, and identification via microchip or other effective means.

Certificate requirement for Pet Transport to China:

  1. Pets coming from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, which are not considered rabies-infected areas, require a valid animal quarantine certificate, proof of vaccination records, and identification via microchip or other effective means. Upon passing the on-site quarantine inspection, the pets will be allowed to enter China.
  1. Before taking pets to China, the animal must undergo an animal health clinical examination within seven days prior to arrival to ensure that it is not infected with any relevant animal infectious diseases or parasitic diseases, including rabies.
  1. Pet travel China from Hong Kong without official quarantine certificates or vaccination records will be returned or destroyed within a specified period. Pets without microchips will be quarantined for 30 days.
  1. If the pet does not require quarantine inspection, it can be brought into China via any port of entry. However, pets that require quarantine inspection can only be brought into China through ports with quarantine inspection facilities.
  1. On-site quarantine inspection by Chinese customs for pets coming from designated countries or regions includes verifying the official animal quarantine certificate, microchip, and on-site clinical examination.
  1. Pets showing symptoms of animal infectious diseases or parasitic diseases during the on-site clinical examination will be quarantined.

Pet Travel to China requires complying with the above regulations to ensure smooth pet import to Mainland China.

Requirements for Bringing Pets from Hong Kong to Mainland China

  • Microchip
  • Vaccination and Vaccination Record
  • Pet health certificate China
  • Other treatments
  • Dog license (For dogs only)
  • AFCD endorsement for health certificate

Important reminders for China pet immigratio

To bring pet to China, notify PET TRAVEL’s pet migration experts at least 1.5-3 months before departure to arrange for domestic pet transportation procedures and reserve a pet flight. Note that only direct flights with cargo hold facilities are available for pet transportation.

Pets cannot enter China by high-speed rail, except for guide dogs. Only one pet per person is allowed to enter mainland China, and a companion is required.

Before returning to mainland China with a pet, take the pet to a veterinary clinic for a health checkup and obtain a health certificate. Bring these documents to the Fisheries and Conservation Department for endorsement.

If the pet passes the on-site quarantine and meets the requirements for exemption from quarantine, it can be released directly. Otherwise, it may need to be quarantined for 30 days.

PET TRAVEL·Reliable Pet Immigration Expert

The process of immigrating a pet to mainland China can be complicated and time-consuming. If you are not familiar with the procedures, it can be a daunting task to handle it yourself. PET TRAVEL is a professional pet migration company that can help you bring your pet back to mainland China with ease.

PET TRAVEL’s experts can save you time and effort if you want to bring your pet to mainland China. With years of experience in pet immigration services, PET TRAVEL has earned a good reputation for its excellent customer service. Once you choose PET TRAVEL, we will arrange for one-on-one service and handle pet transportation, export and import procedures, flight reservations, and destination customs clearance in the shortest possible time, eliminating the need for complicated intermediate processes.

PET TRAVEL’s team is composed of professional veterinarians, import and export experts, pet transportation experts, and a design team. We tailor a personalized pet transport plan according to each customer’s different needs. You can trust us to take care of your beloved pet.

PET TRAVEL states the importing cost clearly with no hidden fees, ensuring that you receive the most stress-free service at the lowest possible cost. Our aim is to make your pet’s journey comfortable and safe.

If you want to bring your pet back to mainland China, please feel free to contact us. Whether you need information about the cost of bringing pets into China from Hong Kong or want to discuss methods for bringing pets across the border, we are happy to provide professional advice and thoughtful service.

How long does it take?

We kindly advise our clients to provide us with a notice of at least 3-4 weeks prior to departure for our pet immigration services. Some countries, such as Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan, require a few months of advance notice due to their quarantine policies. This allows us sufficient time to prepare the necessary import and export documents, as well as to make necessary arrangements with airlines and customs officials.

Will I require a pet passport?

Hong Kong and China do not issue pet passports. Pet passports are only applicable for cats and dogs originating from the US, UK, and EU countries, allowing them to travel within the EU. Other requirements may apply for certain countries/regions.

For Hong Kong and China, we will have pet health certificates instead of pet passports for import and export purposes. The pet health certificate should be filled and signed by an official or authorized veterinarian and then endorsed by the governing authority. The certificate is valid for a few days from the date of issue by the official veterinarian until the day the traveler enters the destination port for document and identity checks. The health certificate should include the pet’s name, microchip number, identification, and vaccination records. For more information, please consult our professional team.

What else does my pet need besides vaccinations?

In addition to vaccination preparation and export documents, your pet may also require an import permit to enter specific countries/regions. Some countries require pet immigration companies to prepare these import documents. If you require this service, you can contact our professional team.

What documents do airline required?

The airline will require the original pet health certificate issued by a veterinarian, vaccination records for your pet, a statement letter from the live animal shipper, and an air waybill for the cargo. When importing or exporting pets in Hong Kong, an airline certificate may also be required. At Pet Travel, we can assist you in preparing all of these documents and contacting the airline and relevant immigration departments prior to your and your pet’s travel.

Why shouldn’t I do this myself?

Certainly, it is possible to relocate your pet on your own in order to save money, however, many people make mistakes when doing so. If you are moving to another country and are not familiar with their pet import policies, you will ultimately suffer for it. While you can do it yourself, if you make a mistake, your animal will suffer. You will end up paying more fees than you could have imagined.

By using our pet relocation service, you can save a great deal of time, stress, and headaches. We handle all of the paperwork so you don’t have to. Pet relocation has been our area of expertise for many years, and we understand every aspect of pet relocation better than anyone. We treat every movement as if it were our own pet, welcoming every challenge with a smile. If you are interested, please contact us or WhatsApp us at +852 6358 3131 to speak with one of our professional consultants to help you with pet import to China.

Is it safe for my pet to fly?

Traveling by air is as safe for pets as it is for people. Airlines require pets to travel in containers that comply with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations and with specific airline guidelines. All of these things are designed to help ensure the safety and comfort of your pet while traveling. In some cases, your pet may not be allowed to travel in the cabin with you. Your pet will travel in a special cargo compartment within the aircraft. This compartment is both climate-controlled as well as pressurized, so your pet will be safe and comfortable. It is on the same air circulation system as the cabin.

Can you reduce pet travel anxiety?

Our Policy is to transport your pet with the minimum amount of stress involved. We will find the most direct route available, with little time spent confined in the kennel as possible. Additionally, there are certain products you can purchase, such as Feliway, which is a natural pheromone to induce a calmer state.

Will my pet be stressed from the flight?

Your pet will be pleased to see you and will probably enjoy a good meal at the end of their flight, but most animals travel very well and relax throughout the flight. There are more than a million pets that fly safely every year worldwide, and the captain will act appropriately if there are any animals aboard.

Can I take my cat on holiday with me?

We can let you know if this is possible if you let us know which airline you will be flying with and on which day. We will make every effort to book cargo space on the same flight as your pet. To avoid you incurring unnecessary costs, it is advisable for us to check availability for pets before you book your own flight if you wish to travel at the same time

Can my pet travel with adaptive collars/or flat collars?

It is advised by every airline that pets do not travel wearing a collar of any kind as they are deemed a choking hazard. However, they will be able to travel with the containers attached to their airline-approved crate in order to be able to refit them when they reach their destination. 

Can my dog/cat fly alone?

Yes, your dog/cat can be booked as manifest cargo and can fly alone to most locations.

Do I have access to my pet during the flight?

Both passengers and crew are not permitted access to the cargo hold. During refueling and transit stops, passengers will not be permitted access to their pets.

What if my pet needs to urinate during the flight?

Unfortunately, little accidents sometimes do happen, so the crates are lined with absorbable puppy training pads to help soak up any little accidents that do occur. Like humans, your pet may experience a little dehydration during the flight, which will reduce the need for urination. Also, do not feed your pet the morning before travel as this may increase the risk of defecation or vomiting.

How to book with pet ticket with airlines?
First, you must make sure all the important documents are ready for your pet. You must have your pet microchipped and rabies vaccination and vaccination record for airlines. Airlines need to have all documents prepared so they could book the pet cargo/ excess baggage for you, as they do not want your hassle from the trip. The customs would not accept pets import their countries if the documents are not well prepared, your pet may have to quarantine or even be banned for import their countries, your pet may need to turn back to your origin. Hence, airlines need all documents ready so they could reserve a seat for your pet. 
Lastly, it is important to note that some airlines will not allow you to book directly with them to fly your cat internationally to some countries. Instead, you’ll be required to hire a pet-shipping company with an airline account. This is because they want to have the assurance that the import procedures and paperwork were completed correctly to avoid any penalties or fees.
What is the difference between ‘Excess Baggage’ and ‘Air Cargo’?

When you travel with your pet and you both check in at the passenger terminal, this is termed ‘excess baggage,’ however, your pet will still travel in the animal hold. Air Cargo can be used when you travel with your pet or if your pet is traveling without you. Your pet will be checked in through the cargo terminal at your departing airport and the cargo terminals of modern-day airports are used to handling and caring for animals. Some even have specialized rooms for holding animals.

Why my pet could not travel in cabin/ excess baggage with me on the same flight?
Although several airlines, domestic and international, accept pets as carry-on or excess baggage, you could travel with them. Carry-on pets must adhere to strict size restrictions, along with limitations regarding available space (both on board the airplane and in the cargo hold). Most airlines place a strict limit on the number of pets that can travel in the plane’s cabin. Several will only allow one or two animals per flight.
Normally, airlines only accept cats and small dogs travel in the cabin with their owner, their weight must be < 8kg (17lbs) and the owner must put them in either a small soft pet container or IATA approved pet crate. One important thing you must know, some breeds like bulldog, wolf-dog and snub-nosed pets like exotic shorthair and pugs may be restricted by airlines. You may check with the airlines if you would like to travel with your pet in the cabin. 
For traveling in the baggage compartment (excess baggage), airlines could accept pets under 32kg -40kg to travel as excess baggage with the same flight. However, some countries may be restricted for pet travel as excess baggage due to their pet import policy, some countries may even do not accept pets for importing their countries. You have to reach the airline for further enquiries if you do not want to travel separately with your pets. If airlines do not accept pet travel on the same flight, you have to ship your dog in Manifest Cargo by the airlines’ cargo service. 
One key point to note, airlines may NOT ACCEPT pet travel in-cabin with TRANSIT Flight (Connecting Flight) from different airlines, some airlines may even serve pets in a direct flight.  Due to the COVID19 pandemic, some airlines have stopped pet check-in and limit pet travel.
For pet travel in cargo separately, the cost will be straightly expensive than pet travel in the baggage compartment or travel in a cabin. Your pet must be put in the IATA-approved pet crate and follow the LAR (Live Animal Regulations) by airlines.
In addition to large and giant breed dogs traveling in extremely large crates, some passenger aircraft aren’t able to handle such oversized cargo. Keep in mind that the airlines must adhere to the International Animal Transport Association’s Live Animal Regulations (IATA/LAR) and they will require you to do the same. Taking your pet on the plane with you seems to be an attractive, affordable option. However, be aware that you run the very real risk of your pet missing the flight if there is no space available onboard or in cargo, or if you have not complied with the IATA/LAR.
Cargo Rates – Why it is so expensive for pet cargo?

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