Many French people ask us how to get a pet into China when they
want to come and live here. Could you please be kind enough to send
me the official regulations on the subject?
Plus, how does it work if people want to live in Wuhan for
example, and have to travel through Shanghai or Beijing? Where does
the pet do the quarantine? Can it do it at their place in
Thanks a lot
Dear Alice S.
After consulting with the inspection and quarantine authorities
in Beijing and Shanghai, we were told that according to the Law on
the Entry and Exit of Animal and Plant Quarantine, cats or dogs are
the only pets allowed for entry but must be declared. Each
passenger is allowed to bring one pet only, with an up-to-date
rabies vaccination certificate and health certificate issued by the
relevant quarantine government department in the country of origin.
Furthermore, the pet and pet owner must be on board the same
In Beijing, upon arrival at the airport, an official from the
department will await to take your pet to a quarantine facility for
30 days. They will inform you of the date at which you can claim
your pet. Certain fees must be paid which vary according to local
regulations, but amount to at least 1,000 yuan (US$130). In
Shanghai, the quarantine period is reduced to 7 days with a
Following quarantine, the pet ( only dog) must be registered at
the local police department.
Beijing: 010-6459 6302
Shanghai: 021-6854 9999
It is also possible to take a pet from one city to another by
plane and train. Rabies vaccination and health certificates must be
issued by the local quarantine government department of the city of
departure. These are valid for 7 days.
We hope this information is of help to you.
Thank you for your attention.
(China.org.cn April 26, 2007)