Taking your dog or cat to Hong Kong
Most nationalities can bring their cats and dogs to Hong Kong with a minimum amount of fuss. Even so, and as with most other countries, you do need to ensure that you have the correct and completed documentation, otherwise you risk having your pet impounded, at your own cost, until the correct documentation is received.
Pets by Plane will be happy to guide you through the documentary requirements.
To send your cat or dog to Hong Kong you need to apply for a special permit from the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD). The fee for a single animal is HK$432 (about £ 33) and HK$102 ( about £ 8) for each additional animal. The application procedure takes five days from receipt of documentation to the issuing of a license. You can find the forms and more information on the HK Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) website.
Cats and dogs resident in the UK (and some other countries) can take their cats and dogs into Hong Kong without the need for quarantine. You do, however, need to notify the Hong Kong Duty Officer of Import and Export of your arrival at least two working days in advance.
Your pet will need to be microchipped and you will also need an export health certificate from your local DEFRA authority. The certificate will be sent to the vet of your choice, who will need to be an LVI (Local Veterinary Inspector) vet. Your local veterinary practice should have an LVI vet. The certificate will also need to show that the required vaccinations are up to date and certify that your pet has been resident in the UK for more than 180 days
Other requirements are that:
All documents must be provided in either English or Chinese. In addition, you will need to obtain an airline certificate from your carrier certifying that the animal traveled on the plane non stop with no transfers, no contact with other animals and has not been landed on any country of lesser health status than the UK.
Dogs or cats less than 60 days old or more than 4 weeks pregnant are not allowed to be imported under any circumstances.
Pets will need to be vaccinated as follows:
a) over 12 weeks old:
Not less than 10 days and no more than 12 months prior to export, dogs over 12 weeks old must have been vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis and Parvovirus
b) under12 weeks old:
As above, not less than 10 days before export and the dog must have been at least six weeks old at the time of vaccination.
No less than 10 days and no more than 12 months before export, the cat must have been vaccinated against Cat Flu and Infectious Enteritis.
Original vaccination records must travel with the pet
There has to be a final health check no more than 14 days before export and, at that time your vet will complete the export certificate.