Pet Import Regulations in Canada



Importations of domestic pets such as dogs and cats are allowed in Canada without quarantine from any country.

Canadian Pet Relocation requirements vary, however, depending on the age of the dog/cat, if the pet is from a rabies-free country considered by Canada and if accompanied by their dutiful owners.

Pet relocation requirements

There is no required vaccination or certificate against rabies for cats and dogs under the age of three months. The only requirement is a proof of the age of the animal on the point of entry.

All pet cats and dogs over three months are required to have certificates that are translated in either English or French. Dogs and cats coming from a rabies-free country need an export certificate signed by an official government veterinarian from the exporting country.

The country's Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) determines the countries that are rabies free and may differ from the World Trade Organization (WTO) standards.

Dogs who will not be accompanied by the owner upon arrival to Canada must have a detailed export health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and a ready pet transport. If coming from a country that is not considered rabies-free by CFIA, dogs and cats need a vaccination certificate that states that the pet was vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian from the country of origin.

For more information, visit the CFIA website to check the import guidelines for other animals and the current list of rabies-free countries considered by Canada.


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