Taking Your Pets To Canada


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Bringing Pets to Canada

Please find below the details to bring in Pets to Canada. Both Cats and Dogs have specific requirement. These requirements apply to:

·  Animals entering Canada permanently.

·  Animals in transit through Canada on their way to a final destination.

·  Animals entering Canada for a temporary visit.

Importing or Travelling with Domestic Cats – Three months of age or older from countries not recognized by Canada as being rabies-free

Please note that:

·  Domestic cats entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.

·  Cats do not require a health certificate or import permit.

·  Canada does not require a waiting period between the time the animal is vaccinated for rabies and the time the animal is imported into Canada.

Certification Requirements

Cats from countries not recognized by Canada as being rabies-free may enter Canada if they are accompanied by a rabies vaccination certificate.

The United States of America and Mexico are not rabies-free.

List of recognized countries

  • Anguilla

  • Antigua

  • Australia

  • Bahamas

  • Barbados

  • Bermuda

  • Cayman Islands

  • Fiji

  • Finland

  • Iceland

  • Ireland (Republic of)

  • Jamaica

  • Japan

  • New Zealand

  • Norway

  • Saint Kitts and Nevis

  • Saint Lucia

  • Saint Martin (Netherlands Antilles)

  • Saint Pierre et Miquelon

  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Sweden

  • Turks and Caicos Islands

  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

  • Uruguay

Rabies Vaccination Certificate

The rabies vaccination certificate must:

  • be written in English or French;

  • be issued and signed by a licensed veterinarian;

  • identify the animal (as in breed, colour, and weight);

  • state that the animal is vaccinated against rabies;

  • indicate the date of vaccination;

  • indicate the trade name and the serial number of the licensed vaccine; and

  • specify the duration of immunity (otherwise, it will be considered valid for one year from the date of vaccination).

Animals That Are Not Certified

If a cat does not meet the import requirements for rabies certification, owners will be required, at their own expense, to:

  • Have the animal vaccinated against rabies within a specified period of time; and

  • Provide the vaccination record to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency office.

Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs

Please note that:

· Domestic (pet) dogs entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.

· Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for dogs imported as personal pets. However, dogs under 8 months of age imported under the commercial category (dogs for retail sale, breeding purposes, show or exhibition, scientific research, dogs in ‘special training status’, and dogs destined for adoption and/or animal welfare organization) must be identified by an electronic microchip.

· The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) may refer any animal presented at the border for secondary inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Expect delays.

Advance notice of arrival may be required

Some animals may require inspection by the CFIA at ports of entry into Canada. A CFIA inspector is not on duty at all times at ports of entry and may be called when required. Importers should use the Automated Import Reference System tool to determine if a CFIA inspection is required. If a CFIA inspection is required, importers should make these arrangements in advance of their arrival by contacting the CFIA District Office closest to their first point of entry into Canada to schedule the inspection. It is the responsibility of the importer to contact the CFIA in advance of travel to ensure that the inspection can be carried out without delays.

Air Transport

Dogs may require additional documentation when flying. Please check with your airline to determine whether you meet its requirements.

You should be aware of the companion animal container guidelines issued by the International Air Transport Association.

Necessary Vaccines

Dogs imported into Canada must have all necessary vaccines depending on the age of dog. A dog that is less than 3 months of age at the time of import does not require rabies vaccination. However, proof of a dog’s age must be provided on request.

Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency

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