Bringing Pets To

Hong Kong

Do you want to bring your cat or dog to Hong Kong? When you know your departure date, you will want to start the international travel process for your pet immediately. Relocating a pet to Hong Kong can take several weeks. All Paws Express specializes in international pet relocation and will ensure your pet has all the necessary documentation and vaccinations to travel to Hong Kong.

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Things You Should Know Before Moving Dogs and Cats to Hong Kong

Banned Pet Breeds

Restricted Dog Breeds

Hong Kong does NOT ALLOW the following dog breeds:

  • Pit Bulls (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully)
  • Mastiff Dogs (Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro), Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Any Mastiff or Hybrid)
  • Tosa (Japanese Tosa or Hybrid)

Hong Kong Import Requirements

Vaccinations, Tests, and Microchips

There are multiple requirements for moving your pet toHong Kong



Vaccination Certificate

Your pet’s health certificate must include the following vaccinations:

Required Vaccinations for Dogs:

  • Rabies: between 30 days and one year from travel date
  • Canine distemper virus: not less than 14 days or more than one year from travel
  • Infectious canine hepatitis: not less than 14 days or more than one year from travel
  • Canine parvovirus: not less than 14 days or more than one year from travel

Required Vaccinations for Cats:

  • Rabies: between 30 days and one year from travel date
  • Feline panleukopaenia
  • Feline respiratory disease complex
Health Certificate from a USDA Accredited Veterinarian

Your pet must have a Health Certificate from a USDA accredited veterinarian. The local USDA APHIS Veterinary Services must endorse and sign your pet’s Health Certificate. Your pet’s health certificate is valid for 10 days. Your pet’s health certificate must be dated within 14 days from arrival in Hong Kong. Get the right certificate for your pet:

Microchip Identification

Your pets must have a microchip implant before arriving in Hong Kong. The microchip’s number must be the same on the Health Certificate.

Import Permit

Your pet will need an import permit from Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department. If you plan well in advance for mailing times and health requirements, getting the permit shouldn’t be an issue. But keep in mind the import permit is only valid for six months, and pets must travel before the permit expires.

Residence Certificate

Your pet must have a residence certificate that states that your pet has had a continuous residence for at least 180 days before export. And the certificate must state whether your pet’s place of residence has not had any reported cases of rabies from any species for at least 180 days before export.

Transporting Your Pet

You need to notify the Duty Officer of the Import & Export Section at least 24 hours before your pet’s anticipated arrival. Hong Kong also requires that your pet travel as manifested cargo and have an Airline Certificate (Captain’s Affidavit).

There are currently no additional Hong Kong government COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, requirements, or statements needed for dogs, but All Paws Express will carefully update you if any of this information changes. 

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