How to take pets out of China

To bring your pets out of China, you'll need to follow certain procedures and meet specific requirements. Here's a general outline of the steps involved.



Step 1: Get rabies shot and microchip

Take your dog or cat to get a rabies vaccination and microchip. This can be done at Shenpu Pet Hospital or Trust Lovely Xinmeng Pet Hospital (Xinzhuang Branch). The microchip should not be implanted later than the date the rabies vaccination is administered. 


Step 2: Wait 30 days

There is a 30-day waiting period for all pets after the rabies vaccination and microchip step.


Step 3: Rabies blood (titre) test 

Many countries will require a rabies blood (titre) test. Countries such as the US, Singapore and Republic of Korea only require a blood test for dogs while Europeans countries require a blood test for both cats and dogs. And the validity duration of the Animal Health Certificate for EU countries is 10 days, shorter than the 14 days of most other countries. 




Step 4: Health check seven days before flight

Seven to 10 days before your departure (7-9 days for European countries), you must take your pet for a health check at the Xujiahui Road branch of Shenpu Pet Hospital or Trust Lovely Xinmeng Pet Hospital (Xinzhuang Branch). You can entrust pet hospitals or Customs clearance agencies to make an application on your behalf with the vaccination certificate, rabies blood (titre) test result (if needed), passport and flight information. 

After your documents are reviewed and approved by Customs, you will get an Animal Health Certificate three working days after your application is submitted.  


Step 5: Pick up 

Pick up your Animal Health Certificate at the Huangpu Customs Bureau. Bring your passport. The address is the 7th floor of Lansheng Tower at Middle Huaihai Road. The certificate is valid for 10 or 14 days from the date of issue depending on your destination. 


It's important to note that these steps are general guidelines, and specific requirements may vary based on your destination country. It's crucial to research and comply with the regulations of the country you are traveling to. 


Sources: Huangpu Customs Bureau, Trust Lovely Xinmeng Pet Hospital