Relocating Your Pets to Hong Kong

In order for you to get your dogs and cats to Hong Kong, you must obtain a Special Permit well in advance. This practice is followed in order to prevent the spread of animal diseases including rabies in Hong Kong.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

  • The applicant should submit the application in a prescribed form (Form No. AF240)
  • If the animals are imported for trading purpose, applicants must obtain an Animal Trader License in advance.

PERMIT FEE

  • There is a HK$432 permit fee for one animal that needs to be paid at the time of getting the application. For every additional animal you have to pay an additional fee of HK$102.
  • Crossed local check or e-payment is acceptable for local application.
  • For overseas application, the fee should be paid by a bank draft in Hong Kong currency payable to “The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”.
  • The bankdraft must be drawn upon a licenced bank in Hong Kong.

WHERE TO APPLY

You can apply for the Special Permit either in person or by post at the Permit & Certification Unit (Counter No. 10), Import & Export Division, 5th Floor, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

PROCESSING TIME

The processing time for the application is approximately 5 working days from the date of receipt of application and permit fee to the date of issue.

DISPATCH OF PERMIT

  • The permit is dispatched by the department by ordinary mail for a local applicant and by air mail for an overseas applicant to the address indicated in the application.
  • You can also collect the permit in person. You can appoint an agent for a similar purpose as well.
  • If you are an overseas applicant it is preferable and convenient to appoint an agent who will apply and collect the permit on your behalf.

VALIDITY OF PERMIT

The validity of the permit is for 6 months for one consignment only. Make sure that the animals are imported well before the expiry of the permit.

IMPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR GROUP I COUNTRIES

U.K, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and Japan lie in Group I countries.

  • Dogs and cats that are imported directly from any of the countries mentioned above are exempted from quarantine.
  • They are subject to full compliance with the permit terms Attachment No.: DC-01v02.
  • The animals must be accompanied by the certificates stipulated in Table 1 (Form No. G102a).

IMPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR GROUP II COUNTRIES

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

Animals being imported from these countries must be accompanied by the certificates stipulated in Table 2 (Form No. G102b).

IMPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR GROUP III COUNTRIES

All the countries that are not in the Group I or Group II countries lie in Group III.

  • Animals coming from these countries are subject to a quarantine period of 4 months at the Animal Management Center of the Department.
  • The animals must be fully vaccinated prior to their arrival in Hong Kong.
  • The animals must be accompanied by certificates stipulated inTable 3 (Form No. G102c)

TRANSSHIPMENT OF DOGS AND CATS

  • The animals during the course of their transshipment may have to be transferred from one vessel to the other. Permits are needed for this.
  • For dogs and cats transported from Mainland China to the overseas via Hong Kong, Import Permits are required.
  • No permit fee is required for animals transshipped from Mainland China.

SPECIAL ARRNAGEMENTS FOR IMPORT OF DISABILITY ASSISTANCE DOGS

A dog that has been trained to help physically disabled people in being more independent and self sufficient is known as a disability assistance dog. In order to import such a dog, the applicant must apply for a Special Permit along with the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form – Form No. AF240 (PDF format)
  • Completed Declaration Form – Form No. PC102 (PDF format)
  • DAD Certification –  issued by the organization recognized by the official body to certify that the animal is a qualified DAD
  • Rabies Antibody Test Report
  • Completed Supplementary Certificate – Form No. PC103 or PC 104 (PDF format)
  • Vaccination Record(s)

SPECIAL ARRNAGEMENTS FOR IMPORT OFRESCUE DOGS

Dogs that assist in locating victims of disasters are known as rescue dogs.

  • When rescue dogs are employed in a rescue mission in Hong Kong, a Special Permit is required for importation and it is free of charge.
  • No quarantine is required provided that the qualification of the rescue dogs is certified by a competent authority.
  • Dogs must be accompanied by health certificates including current vaccination against rabies and major infectious canine diseases.

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