Owning Pets in China

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Living with pets in China

Owning a pet is a big responsibility. It is important that you maintain its vaccinations and have access to good vets in case of emergency. It is also important that you ensure that you are doing everything you need to ensure compliance with the law.

Bringing a Pet to China from Overseas[edit | edit source]

If you are looking at bringing a pet to China as an expat, you need you meet the following requirements[1]:

List of banned dogs from selected Chinese cities[2]
Dog Breed Beijing Shanghai Chengdu
Large And Vicious Dogs As Well As Dogs Of Maturity Height Over 35 Centimetres X
Afghan Hound X
Akita X
American Bulldog And Hybrids X
Australian Shepherd X
Basenji X
Bearded Collie X
Beauceron Wolfdog X
Bedlington Terrier X
Belgian Shepherd X
Bernese Mountain Dog X
Bloodhound X
Borzoi X X
Bouvier Des Flandres X
Brazil Rockefeller (Fila Braziliero alias the Brazilian Mastiff) X
British Bulldog X
Bull Terrier X X
Cane Corso X
Caucasian Dogs (Caucasian Vcharka) X
Caucasian Shepherd X
Central Asian Shepherd Dog X
Chinese Chongqing X
Chinese Dog X X
Chow Chow X
Dalmatian X X
Dog De Bordeaux X
Dogo Argentino X
English Bulldog X
Fila Brasileiro X
Foxhound X
French Mastiff Alias) X
German Pinscher X
German Shepherd X X X
Great Dane X X
Great Pyrenees X
Greyhound X
Irish Wolfhound X X
Italy Twisted Boli Dayton (Neopolitan Mastiff X
Japanese Akita X
Japanese Tosa X
Keeshond X
Kerry Blue Terrier X
Kumming Wolfdog X X
Mastiff X X X
Newfoundland Sled Dog X X
Old English Bulldog X
Old English Sheepdog X
Pit Bull Terriers including American Staffordshire Terriers & Staffordshire Bull Terriers X
Rottweiler X X
Saluki X
Scottish Shepherd X
Setters X
St. Bernard X
Weimaraner X

Quarantine Free Entry for Pets Arriving in China[edit | edit source]

In order to qualify for quarantine free entry into China, a pet must meet all of the following criteria[3]:

  • Vaccination must be complete with the correct documentation
    • Your pet must have been vaccinated at least twice in its lifetime, and be current on rabies vaccinations at the time of arrival in China. The vaccination must be completed between 30 days and 12 months prior to arrival in China.
    • An original copy of the current rabies vaccine certificate needs to be shown at the time of arrival in China and may be kept by, the Quarantine Officials.
    • Dogs should also be vaccinated against canine distemper, parvovirus, and coronavirus[4].
    • Cats should also be vaccinated against feline distemper, peritonitis, and feline leucopenia[5].
  • Pet must be identifiable by microchip
    • Your pet must be implanted with an ISO-11784/11785 compliant microchip. If your pet does not have a compliant microchip, you will need to travel with a microchip reader that can read your pet’s microchip.
  • Rabies neutralising antibody titre (RNAT) test results
    • Your pet must be accompanied by an original rabies titer test laboratory report which states the pet has an antibody titer of at least 0.5 IU/mL and this report must accompany the APHIS-endorsed health certificate, and at the time of arrival in China will need to be provided to, and may be kept by, the Quarantine Officials.
    • Rabies titre testing must be performed by a laboratory on the approved China's General Administration of Customs RNAT list.
    • Testing must occur on the same day as or any day after administration of the second rabies vaccination.
    • Rabies titer test sampling date, laboratory name, and test results must be recorded on the health certificate, and are considered valid for up to one year after the sampling date unless there has been no lapse in rabies vaccinations since the sampling date, and all rabies vaccinations subsequent to the sampling date are recorded in the “other vaccines, treatments, and/or test and results” section.
    • Pets originating from the following countries may be exempt from the rabies titre setting: New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Guam, Jamaica, Iceland, the U.K. Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macao[6].
  • Veterinary Health Certificate issued by the pet's home country

Bringing Pets to China Without Quarantine[edit | edit source]

Prepare the required documentation and carry it with you when you travel to China with your pet.

  • 1 x passport with China Z class visa
  • 1 x pet's veterinary health certificate and one photocopy
  • 1 x original copy of the current rabies vaccine certificate and one photocopy
  • 1 x original rabies titer laboratory report and one photocopy
  • 1 x colour photocopy of the accompanying traveler’s passport for each pet
  • Photocopies of your pet’s rabies vaccine certificate, as they may be requested
  • 2 x colour photos of the pet printed on regular paper and one photocopy of each. Take one photo of the animal alone and one with an object that can help gauge the size of the animal.
  • 1 x owner's residential details in China[7]
  • 1 x copy of airway bill (only needed is pet is traveling as cargo)

Upon arrival, you will need to take the pet, fees, and all documents to the General Administration of Customs of the Peoples Republic of China (GACC) office at the airport and these documents may be kept by the Quarantine Officials.

After clearing customs, dogs need to be registered with the local police of your place of residence within one month of arrival in China. Contact your local police/public security bureau office for further information on registering your pet as the process varies by jurisdiction.

Some cities, such a Beijing, may require a Dog License to be obtained in advance of arriving in China. Makes sure that you check with the local authorities prior to departure to ensure that there are no additional local requirements in addition to the national requirements.

Bringing Pets to China With Quarantine[edit | edit source]

If your pet is not on the exemption list above or does not have rabies neutralising antibody titre result, the pet will be required to quarantine for 30 days. The process is otherwise the same as for non-quarantined animals, but you will be required to enter China through one of the following ports of entry where quarantine is available:

  • Alashankou
  • Beijing Capital Airport
  • Beijing West Railway Station
  • Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
  • Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
  • Shanghai International Passenger Transport Center
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport
  • Shanghai Railway Station
  • Urumqi Diwopu International Airport
  • Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal

While no visitations are allowed while pets are in quarantine, the facilities are reported to be clean and air-conditioned with staff feeding the pets twice a day. Dogs are walked regularly in outdoor areas and there are catteries for the cats[8][9].

References[edit | edit source]


  1. How to Bring Pets In and Out of China, S.J. Grand
  2. Which Dog Breeds Are Banned in China?, PBS Pet Travel, December 10, 2019
  3. Pet travel from the U.S. to China, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jul 2, 2021
  4. China Pet Passport & Import Regulations, PetTravel.com
  5. China Pet Passport & Import Regulations, PetTravel.com
  6. A Simple Guide to China Pet Travel, PetRelocation
  7. How to Bring Your Pets with You to China?, China Internet Information Center, 28 April 2004
  8. A Simple Guide to China Pet Travel, PetRelocation
  9. https://www.edvectus.com/pages/bringing-your-pet-to-china Bringing Your Pet to China], Edvectus