Pet Import Regulations in Thailand



The Department of Livestock Development handles importation and exportation of animals in Thailand. Owners can get the import permit at Animal import desk (at the airport) for animals arriving through the air.

Contact the nearest Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate for updated regulations. Expats who can read Thai can check the department's website at

The import permit can be obtained at Department of Livestock Development before pet relocation when using an international pet relocation service in Thailand. Using such services will eliminate the hassle of paperwork.

Relocating Pets

Relocating pets to Thailand are subject to duties and quarantine may be required at approved premises. The quarantine period is at least 30 days upon arrival, all expenses shouldered by the owner. Pets are subject to tests or treatment if deemed necessary. Pets arriving from a non-rabies country or with a low incidence of rabies are not required to undergo tests.

A health certificate (in English) signed by an official government vet of the exporting country should state the pets' sex, name, age, colour, breed, and name and address of the owner or the kennel origin.

Another pertinent documentation needed is the vaccination certificate. In general, all animals should be vaccinated against any contagious disease such as Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Leptospirosis at least 21 days preceding departure. Rabies should be administered 15 days before departure unless the exporting country has been free from rabies for at least 12 months. Dogs staying in kennels need to be vaccinated against a kennel cough. Cats, on the other hand, will need to be vaccinated against Feline Enteritis and Feline Flu.

Some airlines have limited pet transport facilities. Find the best pet relocation service in Thailand for a smooth transition of your beloved pets.



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