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Traveling to Hong Kong with your pet

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Wondering how to travel to Hong Kong with your pet? Find out all that you need to know on related procedures in this article.

If you have pets and you are planning to move to Hong Kong, you must be wondering how to take them with you. You should know, above all, that you cannot take your pet to Hong Kong, regardless of the length of your stay, unless you have obtained a special permit. This permit has to be requested from local authorities well in advance. So make sure to be aware of all related conditions and formalities before proceeding.

Applying for a special permit

To request for a special permit, you have to duly fill and sign a AF240 form to which you must attach the following:

  • your pet's vaccination certificate
  • your pet's health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian
  • an updated rabies vaccination certificate
  • a pre-stamped envelope mentioning your address.

The following fees apply:

  • HKD 432 for a single pet
  • HKD 102 for each additional.

These can be paid via a check in Hong Kong dollars addressed to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The request then has to be send by post to the following address:

Permit & Certification Unit (Counter No 10)
Import & Export Division, 5th floor
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
Cheung Sha Wan Department Office
303 Cheun Sha Wan Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong.

On receiving the permit

You should receive the special permit within five days following the application date. You are therefore advised to make advance planning. If your request has been accepted, the permit will be sent to you by post mail. In case of urgency, you have to designate an individual or agent who can take care of related formalities on your behalf.

Group I pets

Pets coming from Group I countries (Australia, England, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan and New Zealand) are exempt from the quarantine process if they meet all the import criteria. However, you will have to produce the following when applying for the special permit:

  • a VC-DC1 form
  • a certificate proving that your pet has continuously lived in the same country during the 180 days prior to the scheduled travel date
  • a vaccination book proving that some specific vaccines have been administered at least 14 days and not more than a year prior to the scheduled travel date
  • an airline certificate proving that your pet has traveled aboard the same airplane as you without having transited through another territory before reaching Hong Kong.

Other special documents may also be required.

Group II pets

The following are Group II countries: Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Gibraltar, Guam, Iceland, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands, the Netherlands.

You will have to produce the same documents as those mentioned in the case of Group I animals when applying for the special permit. Moreover, you will have to duly fill and sign a VC-DC2 form.

Group III pets

Finally, Group III includes all other countries that have not been mentioned above. In this case, your pet will be quarantined for a minimum of four months at the Animal Management Center which works under the aegis of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation. All vaccines must have been administered before traveling to Hong Kong.

Note that you have to make advance booking at the quarantine center by filling the VC-DC3 and PC100 forms to which you have to attach your pet's health and vaccination certificate. This step must be performed at least three months prior to your pet's arrival in Hong Kong. Other conditions may also apply, as in the case of Group I and Group II pets.

Validity

Once the special permit has been issued, you have to import your pet to Hong Kong within six months. Otherwise, the permit will expire and you will have to start the same procedures all over again.

 Useful links:

Special permit request form
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/AF240_Eng.pdf
DC-VC1 form
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/common/vc_dc1_jul13e_v1.pdf
Features for pets coming from Group I countries
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/common/g102a_overseas_certification_requirement_for_import_dog_cat_from_g1_country_jul13b.pdf
DC-VC2 form
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/common/vc_dc2_jul13e_v1.pdf
Features for pets coming from Group II countries
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/common/g102b_overseas_certification_requirement_for_import_dog_cat_from_g2_country_jul13b.pdf
VC-DC3 form
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/common/vc_dc3_jul13b.pdf
PC100 form
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/PC100_kennel_booking_Apr12B.doc
Features for pets coming from Group III countries www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/common/dc_03v01_terms_for_import_g3_jul13b.pdf
Vaccination conditions for pets coming from Group III countries
www.afcd.gov.hk/english/quarantine/qua_ie/qua_ie_ipab/qua_ie_ipab_idc/files/g122_guideline_of_fully_vaccination_jul13b.pdf

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