Pet Import Regulations in Vietnam



Many people have pets in Vietnam, but you should consider your housing options before bringing a pet to Hanoi. If you are residing in a high-rise apartment, a large pet might not be suitable.

It is not a requirement in Vietnam for pets entering the country to have microchip, although this can be done if the owner prefers it, or if the point of origin requires a microchip for pets that will be exported.

Just like in any other country, vaccination requirements must be completed prior to the date of travel. An international health certificate should be filled out by a licensed veterinarian indicating that the pet is healthy enough to travel and is free of diseases than can be passed on to humans.

A rabies vaccination should have been taken at least 30 days prior to entering Vietnam. The inoculation record alongside the health certificate would comprise the passport of the pet.

Incomplete requirements would mean placing the pet in quarantine for a prescribed period at the expense of the owner, in consultation with an authorised veterinarian. Or, the owner can prefer to return the pet to his home country. The expenses would not be shouldered by the government of Vietnam.

For all other pets, the regulations concerning the anti-rabies vaccinations may not be followed but other requirements will need to be met. Further information should be sought from the relevant authority of the country of destination.

Royal International Movers (Vietnam) Ltd. is the only member of International Pet and Animal Transportation Association International, Inc. (IPATA) in the country. They can arrange all the necessary requirements for your pets move to Vietnam.

Incoming passengers to Vietnam can import up to two pets at one time, including domestic animals such as dogs, birds, cats, etc. All imported animals must come with:

  • Microchip ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785, or any microchip with a scanner
  • Rabies vaccinations and certification
  • Vet health certificate from a registered veterinarian

The customs quarantine officer will also examine your pet. You should make travel arrangements for a weekday arrival to ensure that custom facilities are open. A weekend or Friday arrival may mean that your pet has to wait over the weekend to be cleared by customs without care or food.

It is recommended to take your pet on the same flight with you as accompanying baggage. Very few airlines permit small pets in the airplane cabin, but most have a suitable space in the cargo area for pets. You should provide your own pet carrier, as the airline may not provide a sufficient one and check with your airline to find out their rules and regulations regarding pets.


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