Thailand's pet import permit
If you are living abroad and planning to travel with your pet to Thailand, it is essential to obtain an import permit before your pet arrives in the country, regardless of whether you are transporting your pet as excess baggage, in the cabin, or as manifested cargo.
An import permit serves as proof that your pet is eligible for travel to Thailand. Upon arrival, a government officer will request to see a valid import permit along with a veterinary health certificate, which should be completed by an official government veterinarian in the country of export.
Please note that certain countries may require an import permit before issuing a health certificate for your pet.
It is important to be aware that most airlines will not allow you to board or check in your pets without presenting an import permit.
Ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience for your pet by obtaining the necessary import permit and complying with all applicable regulations. For further guidance and assistance, please consult the relevant authorities or consider seeking advice from a professional pet travel service.
Requirements for taking dogs and cats to Thailand can be found as below:
1) A health certificate in English, signed or further endorsed by a full-time authorized veterinary official of the government of the exporting country, if it is previously acknowledged by a veterinary surgeon, stating:-
1.1) number and species
1.2) breed, sex, age and color or animal identification,
1.3) name and address of the owner OR the kennel of origin,
1.4) certification of condition items (2) to (5).
2) The animals must come from an area where animal diseases are under control. They are found to be healthy, free from signs of any infectious and contagious diseases including ectoparasitism at the time of export and fit to travel.
3) The country has been free from Rabies for at least the past 12 (twelve) months OR the animals are vaccinated against Rabies with an official approved vaccine not less than 21 (twenty- one) days prior to the departure.
4) EITHER a) The dog is vaccinated against Leptospirosis at least 21 (twenty-one) days preceding departure.
OR b) The dog is subjected to a test for Leptospirosis with negative result during the 30 (thirty) days prior to the departure.
5) The animals shall be vaccinated against other significant infectious or contagious diseases i.e. Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus, with an official approved vaccine at least 21 (twenty-one) days prior to the departure.
6) The animals must be conveyed in nose-and-paw proof crates designed to avoid any risk of injury or unnecessary suffering.
7) The animals are not allowed to expose to other animals if they have to be landed in transit at any approved intermediate port. They shall not be allowed to leave precinct of the port except to an officially approved transit quarantine area.
8) The animals are subjected to quarantine at approved premises for a period of at least 30 (thirty) days upon arrival during which they shall be submitted to tests and/or treatments deemed necessary. The importer/owner shall be fully charged for the incurred expenses.
9) Failure to follow the import procedures may result in returning the animals to the country of origin or destroying without compensation.
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