Moving to the Philippines with your pet involves several procedures. Find out more in this article.
Pets, particularly cats and dogs, are often considered as family members. So if you are moving to the Philippines, you will probably want your pet to accompany you. This should not be complicated as the Philippines is rather open towards pets. In fact, formalities are quite simple if you have all related information. Feel free to contact the Philippine embassy or consulate in your home country before proceeding.
First of all, you have to download and duly fill and sign the pet import application form which is available on the Bureau of Animal Industry website. Once you have completed the form, you are required to send it at the following address:
National Veterinary Quarantine Service
Visayas Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Tel. (632) 925-4343; 928-1778
Fax (632) 928-2429
Make sure to inquire on the application fees and whether your pet has to be equipped with an electronic identification microchip before traveling as this condition generally varies from one country to another.
During the application, you must specify your pet's species and breed, type and description, as well as its scheduled arrival date in the Philippines. Moreover, the following documents have to be produced to the veterinary service on its arrival in the country:
- a pet passport
- a valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian in your home country, indicating that the animal was examined and has not suffered from any communicable diseases at least ten days before the scheduled date of travel
- a vaccination certificate stating that your pet has been vaccinated against rabies, distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, canine parvovirus and feline typhus, etc.
- proof that the animal has been treated against internal and external parasites.
In case rabies is present in your home country, your pet will require a certificate certifying that no case of rabies has been detected within a radius of 20 km around the place where it has stayed during the last six months. It must also be vaccinated against rabies between 30 days and 12 months before the scheduled travel date. The rabies vaccination's effectiveness then has to be verified through a blood test by an accredited laboratory.
Your pet will not be quarantined on its arrival into the country. However, you are advised to comply with the above-mentioned conditions for a successful expatriation with your pet.