To get your pet onto a plane and through customs on the other side there are many requirements and documents that need to be prepared. In addition to this there are certain restrictions that countries have, which are all unique and can vary depending on which country you’re bringing your pet from.

In general you will always need a valid health certificate signed by an authorized veterinary surgeon, and rabies certificate signed by a local inspector of the veterinary service or another official. Your pet should have been vaccinated against rabies at least 28 days prior to departure. In some countries the vaccination is no longer valid if it is more than 1 year old. You will need to provide photos of the pet, microchip certificates and Serology test results if you are taking your pet to the European Union.

For more information about the specific regulations that will apply you can contact the embassy of the country you are travelling to, or see the below for country-specific information.

There are many different requirements when it comes to shipping your pet internationally. In addition, many countries have certain restrictions and require strict processes to be followed in order to bring your pet with you. These pages are general guideline on the requirements for the most travelled to locations, but please check with us or the relevant authorities if you are planning a move – requirements can (and often do) change quite frequently.

The governing body is IATA, and you can also check out their information about importing pets to different parts of the world.

The Department of Livestock Development is the regulatory body when bringing dogs and cats into Thailand. You can review the full list of import requirements here, or review the process in detail at the Thai Embassy page.

In short, these are the requirements you must follow.

Bringing a pet into Thailand:

  • An import permit, which can be obtained from the Bangkok Animal Quarantine Station, and is valid for 45 days from the date of issue.
  • A Veterinary Certificate which is filled out and certified by an accredited veterinarian within the export country, within 10 days of the flight. This certificate must state:
    • The pet is found to be healthy and free from any signs of infectious disease (including ectoparasites).
    • The country is free from Rabies for at least 12 months OR the animals have been vaccinated against rabies not less than 21 days before the flight.
    • Dogs are vaccinated against Leptospirosis at least 21 days prior to departure, OR the dog is tested for signs and found to be negative within 30 days of departure.
    • Vaccinations against Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus are done with official vaccines at least 21 days prior to departure.
  • A microchip that complies with ISO standards, or is accompanied with a microchip reader in order for the pet to be identified.
  • An original copy of the Rabies Vaccination Certificate, which also clearly states the pet’s microchip number, date of the vaccination and the period for which the vaccination is done for. The vaccine must be inactivated.
  • On arrival in Thailand the animals may be subject to quarantine at an approved premise for at least 30 days during which time they will be subjected to any tests/treatments as necessary.


Taking a pet out of Thailand:

  • A certificate of vaccination against rabies, not less than 30 days before the flight, and not over 1 year prior.
  • Obtain a health certificate from the Suvarnabhumi Airport Animal Quarantine Station within 3 days of the flight.
  • A copy of the owners passport (only the photo page is required)
  • An import permit (if required) depending on the country you are shipping them to.