Bringing a Pet to China: An Expat Guide

Bringing a pet to China is not easy! Because of the health risk, China only allows pets to enter its borders according to the following strict regulations.

Only one dog or cat per person is allowed; no other animals. If the animal type or number is outside of regulations, for example, if you bring a hamster or two cats or dogs, your pet will be deported or destroyed. If you want to bring more than one cat/dog , assign a fellow traveler to accompany each of them.

If not accompanied, pets require an Import Permit to travel as cargo.

[Our information is largely translated from the official website of The General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (, including

  • General guidance on the import of pets
  • New regulations on rabies test exemption brought into effect on May 1st, 2019
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

We've covered the three things to prepare, where to enter China, what happens on arrival, quarantine (hopefully avoidable), and even bringing pets out of China.

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  • Prep. 1)Vaccination: Rabies Mandatory

Prep. 2) RFID Chips

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Each pet must have a rabies accinationcertificate showing the vaccination dates of two doses (the second dose must be between 30 days to 1 year before arrival), with manufacturer, period of efficacy, and batch for each. Unvaccinated working dogs may be vaccinated in China. See Quarantine below.

Other recommended vaccinations are canine distemper, parvovirus, and coronavirus for dogs; feline distemper, peritonitis, and feline leucopenia for cats; as well as kennel cough at least 2 weeks prior to import if quarantine is likely.

To avoid a 30-day quarantine, and to validate all other certification, making this an essential requirement , your pet must have a microchip implant. Basically, if China can't tell by RFID that your documents are for your pet, he/she will be deported/destroyed.

Animals entering China must be implanted with a microchip conforming to ISO11784 and ISO11785 for the radio frequency identification (RFID) of animals, i.e. with a 15-digit code. Other chips must have their own scanner. If you have a non-standard chip, you'd better be sure it can be scanned by a scanner provided by yourself!

You may want to get your pet chipped at the same time as the third preparation…

The pre-travel animal health examination is very important . If not done satisfactorily the cat or dog will be sent back to the country of origin or destroyed. If your cat/dog doesn't pass the health check, don't bring him/her until he/she does.

The health examination certificate must include: date of examination (must be within 14 days of arrival in China), type of animal, taxonomy, gender, fur color, birth date or age, RFID chip location, chip code, and date implanted, and health examination results (U.S. examples: certificate for dogs , certificate for cats ). It must be stamped by the accepted authority for the country, e.g. USDA for the U.S. or CFIA for Canada.

Pre-Entry Rabies Test

A rabies antibody titer test certificate may be required as part of the pre-travel health check. It must include RFID chip number, rabies antibody test time, test establishment name, and antibody titer results (at least 0.5 IU/mL).

From May 1, 2019, animals from 19 countries or regions can enter China without a rabies test: New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, U.S. Hawaii, U.S. Guam, Jamaica, Iceland, UK, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, China Hong Kong, and China Macau.

Rabies antibody titer test results are valid for one year from the date the blood was drawn, and should be after the second rabies shot. If your rabies test report is invalid, a new test must be performed at the port designated facility on-site and a new rabies test report must be obtained.

If you think quarantine is at all likely , you should use one of the ports of entry with quarantine facilities, probably in Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou (see Quarantine below), otherwise, if quarantine were needed it couldn't be done, and your pet would be sent back or destroyed.

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If you're certain your pet won't need quarantine, for example if you have a quarantine-exempt guide dog with a chip and all paperwork in order and who is healthy and ideally has been through the process before, only then should you consider using a non-quarantine port of entry.

If you plan to transit to a China city in another province after your arrival city, you should check inter-province animal transport certificate requirements with the relevant area's health and hygiene department and make sure you fulfil those too.

Fill in a ' Carrier's Immigration Pet (Dog, Cat) Information Registration Form ' (the bilingual 携带入境宠物(犬、猫)信息登记表.doc download from the China Customs page ). Choose which of the two form versions to fill in based on which country you're coming from with your pet: designated or non-designated. These will also be available at the port, but you might as well fill it in in advance to make sure you have all the necessary info to hand.

On arrival, the port authority will check the RFID chip corresponds with the certification you provide. If the vaccination and health check certification are ok, your pet can stay in China. Phew! First phase over.

If not, i.e. if you could not provide sufficient certification or exceed the type/number limits, customs should inform the port Animal and Plant Quarantine Office to take temporary custody of your pet(s). Then you would be consulted regarding pet repatriation. If that cannot be arranged, then sadly animal euthanization would follow.

If acceptable, an on-site health check follows…

Port On-Site Animal Health Check

If your pet passes the health check, the dog/cat can enter China accompanied by the carrier. Animals not from the 19 "no-rabies" countries mentioned above under Vaccination, must have an additional rabies check as part of the port health check.

Please allow enough time for animal checks and procedures at airports to avoid inconvenience/problems in keeping to your travel schedule.

If your pet does not pass the port health check, quarantine will follow…

Animals who don't pass the port health exam require 30-day quarantine. For example, to avoid quarantine, from May 1st, 2019, animals from the U.S.(apart from Guam and Hawaii), must have had two rabies shots, a chip implant, and a positive rabies titer (the antibody titer or the level of immune antibodies must be above 0.5 IU/ml).

Guide dogs, hearing dogs, and search and rescue dogs with the required health examination, RFID chip, training certificate, and satisfactory port health test report can enter China without quarantine. Such dogs with no acceptable vaccination certificate can, following application by the carrier, be vaccinated for rabies at a suitable establishment.

Emotional support dogs that are not guide dogs, hearing dogs, or search and rescue dogs, do not qualify for quarantine exemption if vaccination certification is lacking.

Where Quarantine Is Available

Pets that don't fit the qualifying criteria above must enter through and quarantine for 30 days in one of 10 designated ports:

  • Beijing Capital Airport, Beijing West Railway Station
  • Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Honqqiao International Airport, Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal, Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal, Shanghai Railway Station (on the HK Z-train)
  • Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
  • Urumqi Diwopu International Airport, or Alashankou

Animals not meeting the above criteria entering through non-designated ports will be sent back to the country of origin or destroyed.

How Quarantine Works

For the period of quarantine, animals must not leave the quarantine area, and the owner shall be responsible for the animal's welfare or entrust the animal to the port quarantine office. Quarantine, welfare, management, and other expenses shall be paid by the owner to the animal and plant quarantine agency. For more details, please visit the The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China website .

If your pet exhibits abnormal health symptoms the quarantine staff will notify the carrier, and will, with the carrier's permission, treat the animal. If the animal can't be treated in the quarantine area, it will be moved and undergo treatment under customs staff supervision.

If you don't claim your pet within the stipulated time, he/she will be considered unclaimed and will be processed with quarantine treatment by the port Animal and Plant Quarantine Office.

Dogs must be registered with the police local to your place of residence within one month of arrival. Contact your local police office for how to do it.

You will need to register where you live first. See Renting an Apartment in China: An Expat Guide.

Carriers bringing pets out of China should prepare the following three things and show them at their port of departure at least a week before departure:

  • 1. Valid rabies vaccination certificate (for vaccination from 30 days to 1 year before departure)
  • 2. Carrier's travel document (passport or HK/Macau/Taiwan travel permit)
  • 3. In advance, find out the destination country's animal health inspection requirements and prepare the required documentation in a timely manner.

After the animal carrier has submitted the required documents at the port of exit, the port will carry out an on-site animal inspection and provide an ' Animal Hygiene Certificate ', which the carrier must use to allow the animal to exit China.

According to the international practice of quarantine, the departure country vet should carry out quarantine procedures in accordance with entry country requirements (try to find these out and inform the port animal inspection team).

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What to Know Before Bringing Dogs and Cats to China

Microchip and vaccinations.

Make sure your pet meets these basic requirements so you can begin the import process.

Blood Tests and Other Treatments

The timeline for travel starts with your pet's first rabies vaccine, at least 30 days before travel.

Veterinary Credentials

Any veterinarian may administer the rabies vaccines, but the titer blood draw must be performed by a USDA accredited veterinarian.

Import Documentation

Once your pet's blood test is completed, the documentation process begins!

Quarantine and other information

If you follow our guidelines, your pet should not need quarantine in China.

China Pet Import Requirements and Timeline

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Time frame: at least 30 days before departure date

Preparing your pet for transportation to China can be overwhelming, especially if your pet has health records in multiple locations and your veterinarian is not properly accredited. Ensuring that all required vaccinations are in line with import and export regulations is crucial. But don't worry; we are here to help!

Our experienced team will manage the entire process, including scheduling and coordinating the necessary 3-4 vet visits for vaccinations and blood tests. We provide sample documents to help ensure that everything is properly filled out and signed the first time, saving you time and avoiding potential delays.

We understand the importance of staying up-to-date on regulatory changes, and our relocation coordinators manage an average of 190 vet visits per month. Your pet's health and safety are our top priority, so all pets entering China must be microchipped and vaccinated. Keep reading below for more specific details and requirements.

How to start the process of moving your pet to China

  • An ISO-15 Digit Microchip is required for entry into China. 

Rabies Vaccination and Certificate

  • All pets must have two rabies vaccines and original rabies certificates. These certificates must contain all vaccine information. The first rabies vaccine must be administered more than 30 days from the day of departure but within the last year. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine.
  • Please note: the second rabies vaccine and certificate are now required to enter China without quarantine. 

It is suggested that dogs and cats have the following vaccinations as well:

  • Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis
  • Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
  • Chlamydia Psittaci
  • Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvo Virus

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Making sure testing and treatments are done on time

To avoid quarantine, your pet will need two rabies vaccines and a passing titer blood test .

Make sure strict timelines are met

Rabies Titer (Rabies Antibody) Test

  • Your pet will need a valid rabies vaccine and is under one year old at travel time. Once that vaccine is 30 days old, your pet can get their second rabies vaccine.
  • After the second rabies vaccination, your pet can receive a rabies antibody test by an accredited veterinarian to ensure that the vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels. The sample must be tested at a facility approved by the Government of China. Your vet will need to scan your pet’s microchip prior to the blood draw for the rabies antibody test.
  • The date the blood was drawn can be any date after the second rabies vaccination is administered.
  • The rabies vaccine must be valid and under one year old at the time of travel, and the second vaccine must be administered at least 30 days after the first. The date the blood was drawn for the rabies titer test can be any date after the second rabies vaccination is administered, but it's recommended to plan and schedule the blood draw as soon as possible to ensure timely results.
  • Once these results have been returned to either yourself or the vet, you can move forward with planning your pet’s travel to China. Please contact your Relocation Coordinator at this time for further instruction.

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Time frame: at least 30 days after your pet's first rabies vaccine

Your veterinarian must issue two signed rabies vaccine certificates and submit a passing rabies titer test.

What happens if your veterinarian isn't accredited?

  • We can recommend an accredited veterinarian in your area, or work with your current vet to obtain the necessary credentials for your pet's import to China.
  • Our team provides detailed templates and answers any questions your veterinarian may have to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed correctly.
  • If your veterinarian does not have the required credentials, we can guide them through becoming accredited to avoid delays in your pet's relocation.
  • We understand the importance of timing and can coordinate a final vet visit with an accredited veterinarian specializing in international travel preparation to ensure a smooth transition for your pet.

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Time frame:within 7 days of departure

Once you have your test results back, you must make an appointment with a USDA-accredited veterinarian within 7 days of your planned travel date. 

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China requires specific documentation for importing pets from the US.

Here are the key requirements:

China-specific USDA Health Certificate:

  • Your USDA-accredited veterinarian should fill out this certificate, which must be issued within 10 days of your pet's flight.

USDA Endorsements:

Your local USDA office must approve the following documents:

  • Two rabies certificates
  • Vaccination records
  • Passing rabies antibody test
  • Veterinary Health Certificate for Export of Dogs/Cats from the US to China

Don't worry about the details - your relocation coordinator can guide you through this process and ensure that all documents are properly completed and submitted on time before your pet transportation to China.

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Your pet should be able to avoid quarantine in China.

If your pet does not meet the above requirements upon entry to China, you must complete 30 days of quarantine through an approved port.

Additional Information

  • If your pet does not meet the above requirements upon entry to China, you must complete 30 days of quarantine through an approved port. We know this can be difficult to navigate, so we encourage you to contact our experts to learn how you can provide the most comfortable travel experience for your pet!
  • Start the process early to ensure all necessary requirements are met and to allow for any unexpected delays.

Dog License 

  • Many major cities in China also require that dog owners obtain a dog license once the dog has arrived into the city. Beijing even requires this document prior to export, so if you’re planning on eventually leaving China with your dog it may be a good idea to look into obtaining a dog license upon arrival. This document can be obtained by visiting the local police station with your dog along with your passport, visa, and local address in hand.

One Pet Per Passport

  • There is a strict one pet per passport rule that cannot be avoided if entering China directly. If you have more than one pet, your second pet's information must all be under of a friend or family member's name who is also moving to China. 

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Travels With Fluffy: How to Take Your Pets In and Out of China

Travels With Fluffy: How to Take Your Pets In and Out of China

No one wants to leave their pets behind when relocating to a new country. But the paperwork and high fees involved make moving pets over borders a bureaucratic headache. To make the transition a little easier, we’ve compiled a guide to help you navigate China’s pet entry and exit requirements.

Know this Before You Start

Only one pet per passport is allowed to be brought into China. Once you’ve arrived, only one dog is allowed to be registered per household address. If you want to bring more than one pet into the country, someone else will have to bring additional pets on your behalf. You must also find someone without a dog to register it to their household, since multiple dogs aren’t allowed.

Cats are easy. Dogs are hard. Dogs must undergo regular vaccinations and yearly registrations. Nobody from the government really cares about your cats or other house pets after they’ve gone through quarantine. More on dog stuff later.

To bring any pet into China, however, you must have a residence visa. Students and tourists need not apply, because your pet won’t get past immigration.

While no specific breeds are banned in China as a whole, certain cities do have size and breed restrictions. In Beijing’s eight major districts, for instance, dogs must not be taller than 35 centimeters from ground to shoulder. You can find a list of banned breeds in those districts - which are roughly all located inside the 5th ring road - here .

Research your particular city’s regulations before spending time and money on transporting a dog that might end up confiscated by authorities.

Before Departure

Dogs must get rabies vaccination more than one month but not less than one year from your departure to China. Be sure to get the vaccination certificate from your vet. Note that China does not recognize two- and three-year vaccinations. Also, China does not require a blood titer test (RNATT) for pets entering from any country.

Other vaccines are suggested but not required, including canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, leptospirosis, feline cat flu, feline calicivirus, reline viral rhinotracheitis, chlamydia psittaci, cat enteritis, feline panleukopaenia, and feline farvo virus.

Once you’re sure your pet has a clean bill of health, obtain its vaccination records (different than the rabies certificate) and vet health certificate from you veterinarian. In the US, the latter is called form 7001. If your pet is microchipped, get its microchip implantation record as well, although microchipping is not required to enter a pet into China.

Take all that paperwork and send it to your country’s national animal control bureau (the USDA in the United States, CFIA in Canada). Within 14 days of your departure, the bureau must give its stamp of approval or endorsement on a veterinary certificate.

After Arrival

China does not require an import permit for pets entering with their owners from any country. That means as long as you’re flying on the same aircraft as your pet, a permit is not required. But if you send your pet on a separate cargo plane, it will require the import permit. The permit should be obtained by someone acting on behalf of the owner or an agent in China.

Once you arrive at the airport, you must present your passport, and it must match the name on all the certificates mentioned above.

After your pet has been cleared, it must go into quarantine. You must pay a fee of 280 Yuan at the quarantine station. Quarantine policy varies city to city and depending from which country you’re coming from. In Beijing and Shanghai, for instance, the minimum quarantine is seven days for the UK, North Korea, Hong Kong, Greece, Singapore, and Germany. But pets coming from the USA, Canada, Italy, France, and Russia require a minimum 30-day quarantine for the same cities. You can find the full lists here .

Some cities have a designated quarantine facility, while others will allow you to quarantine your pet at your place of residence. In many cases where the quarantine period is 30 days, your pet will be kept at a facility for seven days and at your residence for the remaining 23 days.

If you quarantine your pet at home, expect an official to pop in on a random day to check up on the health of your pet. This can include a stool sample.

Once your pet is out of quarantine, you can pick up your vaccination verification at the quarantine facility and/or vaccination office. It’s a small red book. You’ll need it to register your pet.


The registration process varies city to city and precinct to precinct, so just to be safe, gather together all of the following:

• Your passport and housing registration certificate.

• Your dog’s vaccination certificate and verification

• Two color photos of your dog; passport-sized, from the front

• Some require you to bring the dog itself

• Lease contract for your apartment

• Permission from neighborhood watch committee, if you have one

• Money. Depending on the city, this varies. In Beijing, it costs 1,000 RMB for initial registration inside the 5th ring road, and 500 RMB for renewal

Take all this with you to your local precinct (the place that you obtained your housing registration certificate).

It can take up to one month to actually receive your pet registration card. Until you have it in hand, keep the fapiao with you any time you’re out with your pet to show your pooch is legit. Otherwise, police have the right to confiscate your pet.

Fun fact: some cities, including Beijing, offer a discount for owners that spay or neuter their pets. You must obtain a spay/neuter certificate from your local animal hospital (note: must be an actual animal hospital, not a clinic or pet shop) to prove Fido is no longer equipped.

All dog licenses collectively expire at the end of April every year. You must renew the registration before the beginning of June. Don’t forget to keep up with the rabies shots.

Leaving China

Remember that each airline has its own rules for transporting pets. Be sure to check the website of whichever one you’re flying with to stay updated on their policies.

Also, every country has its own policies and restrictions regarding pets, so be sure to educate yourself and don’t get Fluffy stranded at an airport. Ask these questions: is RNATT (Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test) required? Is a microchip required? What are the quarantine regulations?

These guidelines apply to China only:

The exit procedure is a three-step process. First, you must immunize your dog against rabies in China. Again, cats and other house pets are much easier; they don’t require rabies vaccinations and the related paperwork. If you did it in your home country and the vaccination hasn’t expired, you must re-vaccinate your dog again on the mainland. Bring the vaccination certificate back to the vaccination office. They’ll give you a certificate of health, which the airport veterinarian will check before allowing your pet to leave. Just as with bringing your dog into China, the vaccination must take place less than one year but no longer than 30 days prior to departure. The red book you got earlier should include this information.

Next, you must take your pet to the local designated animal hospital (again, not a pet shop or private clinic) to get a health examination. Once that’s done and your pet is confirmed to be healthy, you’ll be issued a health certificate. This must be done within 14 days of your departure.

Lastly, your pet needs an exit certificate. This shows your animal is in good health and is ready to exit China. Take both of the documents from the previous two steps to the Exit-Entry Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, along with your passport. Your pet doesn’t have to accompany you. A small fee must be payed and varies depending on the city. Plan to do this about one week before you travel, as it can take a couple days but must be obtained no more than seven days prior to travel. It will be valid for two weeks in case your flight changes.

Sounds Complicated? Hire an Agency

As you can see, getting your pet documented, transported, and registered in China can be a complex process. But you don’t have to go it alone. There are a number of agencies that can assist in various aspects and will save you the headache. If you can afford it, this is the recommended way to go.

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7 Things To Know Before Traveling To China With Pets

New job, semester abroad, adventure. Any of those scenarios can be the reason you’re planning a trip to China . A new country means adapting to a new culture and all of its regulations that may differ from your home country. Whether your visit to China is temporary or permanent, you might be considering bringing along your beloved pet.

International travel for pets has certain risks that any responsible pet owner must prepare for and anticipate. What steps must be taken to ready yourself and your pet for long-distance travels?

If your travels to China will be for less than a month, hiring a friend or a pet sitter may be a better option than bringing your pet with you. However, if you are determined to have your furry companion cross oceans to be with you, there are a few things you should know about traveling to China with pets.

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1. China Only Allows One Pet Imported Per Adult

China has very strict laws and regulations regarding the import of pets from other countries. Each foreign adult traveler is allowed to bring only one pet with them. Additionally, many areas in China only allow one dog per household. The dog must be registered to obtain a license. Cities such as Beijing have limits on a dog’s size.

While there isn’t a limit to how many cats one can own per household, cats must be vaccinated. All pets are required to have a booklet of immunization records. Culturally, China’s view of dogs as pets is complicated and may be vastly different from your home country.

2. There is a 30-Day Quarantine

Prior to 2019, all cats and dogs entering through airports into China required a 7-30 day quarantine until they were released into their owners’ custody. However, recent changes to regulation policies exempt pets from a mandatory quarantine if originating from designated countries must be microchipped and up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.

Pets being transported from non-designated countries are still subject to a quarantine. The owners must pay for the quarantine and are not allowed to visit their pets during the quarantine.

3. Some Breeds Are Banned in Certain Areas of China

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As a country, China does not have bans on any dog breeds. However, Shanghai, Chengdu and Beijing have restrictions on breeds that are allowed to live within city limits. The restrictions are based on the size of the dog.

Weimaraners, St. Bernards and Great Danes are a few examples of the large dogs that fall under the restrictions. Furthermore, many places in China have one-pet-per-household laws.

4. Not All Airlines are Pet-Friendly

If you’re traveling to China, chances are high that your mode of transportation is an airplane. However, not every airline is pet-friendly, even if you’re flying domestically. When booking your flights , be sure to check the airline’s pet policy.

Many airlines also have restrictions on how many pets can fly per flight. If you know you’re flying with your pet, book as early as possible to secure one of the pet slots. In addition, flights with long layovers can be too much stress on pets.

5. Cargo Travel Can be Dangerous for Pets

Very few airlines allow large dog breeds to fly with their owners in the cabin. Instead, the dogs are placed in cages and transported in the cargo hold of the plane. Unfortunately, the cargo area is suitable for luggage, not animals.

Smaller pets are often allowed to travel in the cabin if they are secured in carriers that fit underneath the seats. Many airlines have strict measurement limits for the carrier. Find the best pet carrier for air travel to keep your pet safe and secure during travels.

6. Microchips, Vaccinations and Other Required Forms

Recent changes in the regulations for importing pets into China requires all pets to have a microchip. In addition, they must have a rabies vaccination that was given within 30 days to one year of the time of travel. Depending on the pet’s country of origin, a rabies titer test might also be required.

A health certification from your pet’s veterinarian is necessary for bringing your pet with you to China. You must also have permission from your country’s government to export your pet to another country.

7. There are Regulations for Bringing Your Pet Home

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The entry requirements for traveling to China with pets are almost exactly the same upon heading home except for the quarantine. Your home country will likely have their own requirements for importing a pet.

Before you can take your pet home, you’ll need an official immunization and health certificate from a local animal hospital. Your pet will also need an exit permit from the Entry-Exit Inspection bureau. The owner has to present their passport, so be sure to leave AFTER your pet has secured passage.

Consider the Financial and Emotional Burden of Pet Travel

Traveling to another country with your pet is financial and emotional undertaking that needs to be seriously considered. If there’s no other option except to bring your pet along with you, such as job relocation, then you can expect to shell out a serious amount of money to travel with your pet companion.

Any pet owner will tell you that having their pet with them is priceless. However, your pet’s ability to handle stressful situations should also strongly factor into your decision. Not every pet has the tolerance for long-distance travel, no matter what the mode of transportation.

Leo Wilson graduated from a university major in animal health and behavior. He had over a decade of experience working in the pet industry and has contributed many dogs and pet-related articles to several websites before he decided to start sharing his knowledge on his own blog . And when he is not busy working, he and his wonderful wife love spending time at home with their 3 dogs and 2 cats.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Transporting Dogs or Cats from the USA to China: Government Rules, Requirements, and Airline Restrictions

Transporting your beloved pet from the USA to China requires careful planning and adherence to specific rules, regulations, and airline restrictions. China has stringent requirements in place to ensure the safety and well-being of imported pets.

Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process:

  • 1. Research Chinese Importation Regulations: Start by researching the importation regulations established by the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China (GACC). These regulations outline the necessary steps and requirements for bringing pets into China. Familiarize yourself with the specific guidelines to ensure compliance.
  • 2. Health Certificate and Vaccinations: Pets entering China must have a valid health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. The health certificate should include details of the pet's health status, vaccinations, and tests conducted, including rabies vaccination. Ensure that your pet is up to date on all required vaccinations and consult with your veterinarian to meet China's specific requirements.
  • 3. Quarantine: China has strict quarantine regulations for imported pets. Depending on the city or province you're traveling to, your pet may need to undergo a quarantine period. Research the specific quarantine requirements for your destination and make necessary arrangements in advance.
  • 4. Microchip Identification: China requires all imported pets to have a microchip for identification purposes. Ensure that your pet is microchipped with a compatible ISO standard microchip and that the microchip details are correctly registered with your contact information.
  • 5. Import Permit and Documentation: To transport your pet to China, you'll need to obtain an import permit from the GACC. The permit application requires submission of the health certificate, vaccination records, microchip information, and other supporting documentation. Initiate the permit application process well in advance to allow sufficient time for processing.
  • 6. Airline Restrictions and Regulations: Contact your chosen airline to understand their specific pet travel policies and restrictions for traveling to China. Each airline has its own regulations regarding crate dimensions, health documentation, and fees. Comply with their guidelines to ensure a smooth and comfortable journey for your pets.
  • 7. Weather Considerations: China experiences diverse climates, ranging from extremely cold winters to hot summers. Consider the following weather tips:
  • - Cold Weather: If traveling during colder months, provide your pet with appropriate insulation and protection from the cold. Use warm bedding and clothing, and avoid leaving them in unheated areas or vehicles for extended periods.
  • - Hot Weather: During hot weather, ensure your pet stays well-hydrated and avoid exposing them to excessive heat. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle. Plan your travel schedule to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
  • 8. Additional Considerations:- Research and comply with any breed-specific restrictions or regulations that may apply in China.
  • - Arrange for a suitable travel crate or carrier that meets international standards and provides comfort and security for your pet during the journey.
  • - Pack essential supplies such as food, water, treats, medications, toys, and bedding to ensure your pet's well-being during travel and acclimation.
  • - Familiarize your pet with the travel crate or carrier well in advance to reduce anxiety during the journey.

By following these guidelines and seeking professional assistance from Across The Pond Pets, you can ensure a smooth and safe relocation for your furry companions as they embark on their new adventure in China. With careful planning, preparation, and adherence to the rules and requirements, you can make the journey enjoyable for both you and your pets as you settle into your new life in China.

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  • Meet pet age minimum restriction (three months old)
  • Quarantine (depending on flight origination)

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Whether you are flying into Hong Kong International Airport (HKA), Shanghai Pudong Airport (PGV), Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), or Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) you are sure to have a pet-friendly experience. Learn about what laws pet owners are subject to while in China prior to your arrival.

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Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 10. These requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.

Country Classifications


China classifies countries as either: Designated: New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Guam, Jamaica, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Macao. or Non-Designated: All other countries

Importers and pet owners should always check their country's classification before reviewing these regulations.

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Pet Microchip

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To enter China, your pet should first be chipped with a 15 digit, ISO 11784/11785-compliant pet microchip . If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner that can read your pet's microchip.

The microchip should be implanted by your veterinarian, veterinary hospital or trained nurse. You should receive documentation as to the manufacturer of the microchip and instructions on how to register your pet's information in the manufacturer database.

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Import Permit

China does not require an Import Permit for any pet dog or cat entering the country.

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vaccinations required to import a pet to China

A vaccination card, EU Pet Passport or rabies certificate is required for each pet, clearly displaying your pet's current rabies vaccinations, including the vaccine's manufacturer, batch number and expiration. The rabies vaccination must have been administered between 30 days prior to arrival in China and not more than 12 months prior to arrival. Note that China does not recognize 2 and 3 year vaccines.

Your pet must be vaccinated twice for rabies and have a titer test to avoid quarantine when entering China. More info in the next step.

Dogs should also be vaccinated for canine distemper, parvovirus and coronavirus and cats for feline distemper, peritonitis and feline leucopenia.

it is strongly recommended that you have your pet vaccinated against Bordetella (kennel cough) at least 2 weeks prior to import.

Rabies Titer Test - Non-Designated Countries Only

Rabies Titer Test

To avoid quarantine when entering China from a non-designated country (step 1), pets must be microchipped, then vaccinated twice for rabies, then a rabies titer test is done and the sample is processed at an approved lab recognized by the GACC (General Administration of Customs).

The titer test must occur on the same day as, or any day after the administration of the second rabies vaccination. The test is valid for 12 months after the blood is drawn for the test. All other requirements must be met and your pet must pass inspection. For more details, see step 7.

Pets entering China from the designated countries listed in step 7 do not need a rabies titer test to avoid quarantine.

Pet Health Certificate

All cats and dogs entering China must be accompanied by a pet health certificate for China which must be completed within 14 days of entry and stamped (endorsed) by the government of the origination country responsible for the import and export of animals.

The owner's passport must be presented at the time of clearance. The name on the passport must match the owner's name on the health and rabies certificates.

Pet Quarantine - New Rules

Cats and dogs from designated countries that pass inspection and have conformed to all requirements, including microchip (see step 2), entering China will no longer be subject to quarantine.

Cats and dogs entering China from non-designated countries may avoid quarantine by being microchipped (see step 2), then have 2 rabies vaccinations (no sooner than 30 days between each vaccination), and getting a rabies titer test prior to entry. The titer test can be administered at the same time or later than the second rabies vaccination. Results must be greater than 0.5 iu/ml. Samples must be processed at approved laboratories in Canada, China, France, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, South Africa, United Kingdom or the United States.

The test is valid for 12 months after it is administered. Boosters should be administered after the test prior to the expiration of previous vaccinations.

Pets entering China from non-designated countries without a microchip, 2 rabies vaccinations, health certificate and results from a rabies titer test will be subject to 30 days of quarantine and must enter China at locations where quarantine facilities are available.

Pets that will be subject to quarantine must enter China at the following locations:

  • Beijing Airport
  • Beijing West Railway Station
  • Shanghai Airports (Hongqlao, Pudong)
  • Shanghai Train Station
  • Shanghai International Passenger Transport Center
  • Urumqi Diwopu International Airport
  • Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
  • Alashankou (land post)

Pets entering China that will not require quarantine are not restricted to the above inspection posts.

Guide and rescue dogs entering China with microchips and certificates from professional training organizations are also exempted from quarantine and can enter China at any international point of entry.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to China. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Entering China by Air


Pets subject to quarantine can arrive in China in the cabin or as checked baggage or air cargo at international airports: Shanghai Hongqiao or Pudong, Beijing Capitol and Urumchi Diwabao.

Bringing a pet into China is somewhat complicated even if you have the proper veterinary health certificate and immunization record for your pet. We recommend you utilize the services of a company that specializes in the entry process if your budget allows it.

Foreigners may bring only ONE pet (cat or dog) per adult per trip to China. (two adults - 2 pets) If there are more than one pet per passenger or 2 pets total, the import is considered as commercial, and different rules apply.

China will recognize a one dog policy in various urban areas country wide. Pet owners may only raise one dog per household. Pet owners should research pet ownership regulations for their destination city.

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China does not ban the import of any dog breeds, but there are breed restrictions in Shanghai, Chengdu and Beijing. Owners of large does should be aware of restrictions in the city they intend to visit or reside.

Pets banned in Beijing: Mastiff, German pinscher, St. Bernard, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Bernese mountain dog, Rottweiler, Weimaraner, Setters, Afghan hound, Foxhound, Bloodhound, Irish wolfhound, Saluki, Greyhound, Borzoi, Basenji, Australian shepherd, Belgian shepherd, Bouvier des Flandres, Bearded collie, Scottish shepherd, German shepherd, Old English sheepdog, British bulldog, Chow chow, Dalmatian, Keeshond, Japanese akita, Newfoundland Sled dog, Bedlington terrier, Bull terrier, Kerry blue terrier.

Dogs banned in Chengdu: Mastiff, Pit Bull Terriers including American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Akita, Dogo Argentino, German Shepherd, Chinese Chongqing, Borzoi, Newfoundlsnd, Cane Corso, Central Asian Shepherd dog, Great Dane, Dog de Bordeauz, Fila Brasileiro, Irish Wolfhound, Caucasian Shepherd, Kumming Wolfdog, Chinese Dog.

Dog breeds and their mixes banned in Shanghai: Tibetan Mastiff (Tibetan Mastiff), Mastiff (Mastiff), Rottweiler (Rottweiler), Italy twisted Boli Dayton (Neopolitan Mastiff, Italian Mastiff alias Napoleon Mastiff), Bordeaux Mastiff (Dogue de Bordeaux, French Mastiff alias), Bull Mastiff (Bull Mastiff), the Spanish Mastiff (Spanish Mastiff), Caucasian dogs (Caucasian Vcharka), Pyrenean Mastiff (Pyrenean Mastiff), Brazil Rockefeller (Fila Braziliero , alias the Brazilian Mastiff Brazilian Mastiff), Dogo Argentina Mastiff (Argentinean Dogo Mastiff), horse mastiff (Danish Broholmer) and other Mastiff Mastiff descent, and hybridization with dogs; Beauceron Wolfdog, Kunming wolfdog, China Dog, German Shepherd Dog, English Bulldog, Old English Bulldog, American Bulldog, Japanese Tosa, Bull Terrier, Doberman.

Exporting Pets Living in China

Cats and dogs departing China must be microchipped then vaccinated for rabies at an official animal vaccination hospital in the PRC and must have the official "Animal Health and Immunity Certificate" (vaccination red book). The vaccination must be administered more than 30 days but not more than one year prior to international travel.

If you need to export more than one pet per person from China, then you will need the assistance of an agent.

No more than 7-10 days prior to travel, pets must be examined and obtain an Exit Health Certificate from a designated government quarantine hospital.

For pets departing from Beijing, an official vaccination certificate (Red Book) issued by a veterinarian in Beijing must be presented for the exit health examination.

Any dog that tests positive for heartworm will not be granted an exit permit to leave China.

Other Animals

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Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter China. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

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If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations.

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Entering and Exiting China with Pets


Whether you have brought your beloved pets with you to China or adopted them locally, it’s never too early to learn about exit requirements to ensure a smooth departure when preparing to take your pets with you when you leave China.

Keep in mind that you will need to prepare for two sets of processes when moving to another country with your pets. The first is clearing the exit process for China, which is easy and straightforward (see below). The second process is fulfilling the entry requirements for the country to which your pets are relocating. This may be more involved, depending on the country, and is best managed by preparing well in advance of your departure date, usually 6 months or more if heading to countries within the European Union and strict quarantine control countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Entry requirements for each country vary, so it’s recommended that pet owners check with the embassy, department of agriculture or quarantine bureau of the country in question for accurate guidelines on vaccination and other requirements.

Here are the three simple steps for clearing exit requirements for pet owners based China:

Step 1: Rabies vaccinations and the Vaccination Immunity Certificate

Complete  rabies vaccination  and obtain official Vaccination Immunity Certificate at least 30 days but not more than 12 months prior to departure.

Animals departing China must be rabies-vaccinated at an official animal vaccination hospital in the PRC and must have the official Shanghai Animal Health and Immunity Certificate (vaccination book). The rabies vaccination must have been administered at least 30 days but not more than 12 months before the departure date.

It’s a good idea to keep good records of your pet’s local vaccinations upon adoption or arrival in Shanghai. By law, all dogs must be rabies-vaccinated annually in the PRC.

Step 2: Health examination and health certificate

Undergo health examination not more than 7 days before departure date at the government run Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureaus animal hospital.

After your pets have completed their vaccinations and have obtained the official vaccination  book, pet owners may schedule an appointment for an exit health examination for their pets at the designated government quarantine bureau animal hospital, 7 days prior to departure date from China. Your pets will undergo a brief examination that may include blood tests and stool checks. Once completed, you will be issued an Animal Health Inspection Certificate (Health Certificate), which is required to obtain the official Animal Health Certificate for Exit (Exit Permit) from the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

Fees will be charged for the examination and the tests. Owners should bring the pet, the vaccination book, passport (one passport per pet) and cash at the time of the visit.

It’s best to go for the health examination early in the morning; the hospital opens at 8:30am. If you’re not proficient in Mandarin, it’s recommended you bring a Chinese-speaking friend to help with communication.

The Health Certificate is usually issued within 2 business days of the examination and is valid for 7 days from issue date. If the Health Certificate is not exchanged for an exit permit before the expiration date, the health examination must be repeated.

Step 3: Animal Health Certificate for Exit (Exit Permit)

Pick up the Exit Permit from the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau after receiving the health certificate.

Owners may exchange the health certificate for the official Animal Health Certificate for Exit (Exit Permit). The Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau operates a processing office inside the quarantine bureau’s animal hospital, where owners may apply for the Exit Permit. Bring your vaccination  book, the health certificate and your passport. It’s not necessary to bring your pet. The Exit Permit is usually processed within 2 business days and is good for 14 days once issued. Please confirm the latest regulations with the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, since government agencies may revise policies at any time without prior notice. With the Exit Permit, pet owners have 14 days to take their pets overseas.

Entry regulations for pets

Entry requirements for the importation of pets vary from country to country. A brief summary of entry requirements for popular destination countries is provided below, for reference only. Regulations are subject to change without notice. Please research entry requirements as early as possible and contact the embassy, department of agriculture or quarantine bureau of your destination country for the latest regulations.


  • Rabies vaccination required (at least 30 days to 12 months before entry)
  • No microchipping, no rabies antibody titre testing, no quarantine if requirements met


  • Rabies vaccination and rabies antibody titre testing at least 3-6 months before animal arrives
  • Microchipping and/or tattoo (varies by country)
  • Japan requires 2 rabies vaccines within six months of arrival
  • UK has mandatory 6 months quarantine for animals from the PRC
  • Quarantine if requirements not met in all other EU countries


  • No direct importing of animals from PRC
  • Animals must reside in another approved country for at least six months before entering Australia/New Zealand (approved countries include USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and some EU countries)
  • Mandatory 30 days quarantine upon arrival
  • Microchipping, rabies and other vaccinations and rabies antibody titre testing required


Please check the pet import requirements of your destination country with the embassy, department of agriculture or quarantine bureau. Microchipping is required by Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the European Union, among others. Canada and the United States (excluding Hawaii) do not require pets to be microchipped for entry. To import pets into Hawaii, please check the USDA or CDC web sites for import requirements  as regulations are very different to those of the continental USA.


All European Union countries require rabies antibody titre testing for pets entering the EU. The continental United States and Canada currently do not.

Countries requiring the rabies antibody titre test usually stipulate that the pet be vaccinated for rabies at least 4 to 7 months prior to departure. One month after the rabies vaccination, the pet’s blood needs to be sampled and the separated serum taken to an official EU-authorised laboratory that can perform the rabies antibody titre test.


There is no quarantine requirement for pets exiting China. There may be quarantine requirements in your destination country. Please check with the embassy or government quarantine bureau of your destination country.

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Pets in Beijing – A Quick Guide for Pet Owners

Despite the disgusting reality of dog meat dishes in the Chinese cuisine, Chinese people generally are pet friendly. But there are a few things you should know about having pets in Beijing.

This guide to pets in Beijing covers:

  • Bringing a pet to Beijing
  • Getting a pet in China
  • Preventing rabies
  • Registering a dog in Beijing
  • Finding a pet-sitter when you are away
  • Taking a pet out of China

Your furry family member is coming with you to China

When you want to bring your cat or dog to China, make sure you plan everything through. There’s much more to it than vaccinations, travel documents and transportation for your pet.

Beijing and other Chinese cities require quarantines for pets coming into the country. Quarantine requirements don’t end here. When you leave China, some countries require long quarantines for pets coming out of China.

In addition, Beijing has registration requirements for dogs, limits on the number of dogs per household, bans on large dogs in the city center, and complete bans of some breeds. Read more about it in my recent post How to bring your pet to China .

If your company wants to send you to China, consider that relocation packages for expats usually don’t cover relocation cost for pets. So bringing your dog or cat with you to China can be expensive and stressful.

Getting a pet in Beijing

You may want to get a dog or cat while living in China. Before you get one, make sure that you understand all the requirements and how you can take your dog or cat with you when you leave China.

Buy with caution

Puppies and kittens sold in stores often come from big puppy mills. Even though they may be super-cute to look at through the store window, they may not be healthy or fully vaccinated. Also, buying a pet from those puppy mills only encourages them to produce more. There are better options to find a new companion.

You will sometimes see people with tiny puppies or kittens on the street trying to sell those. Often the babies look way too young to be separated from their mother. Again, they are very cute. And you may feel you should rescue them. But the same caution applies.

If you really want to buy a dog or cat, maybe because you need a breed that doesn’t shed, or want to make sure the small puppy doesn’t grow into the size of a great dane, try to find a responsible breeder.

Adopt a pet in need

There are many pets in Beijing looking for a new home, and adopting a pet is easy. They may not be cute kittens and puppies anymore. But older pets can be great too.

The International Center for Veterinary Services in Beijing has a webpage with adoptable pets . The pets featured there are from volunteer shelters, rescue groups and other responsible animal supporters.

Other sites to check out if you want to adopt a pet:

Together for Animals in China TACN – Rescues animals all over China, including dogs from the dog meat trade.

Beijing Cat – Features cats in need of a new home. Also has foster and volunteer opportunities.

Doctors Beck and Stone – Another veterinary service with a webpage dedicated to pets that need a new home, many cities in China.

Finding a stray, or a stray finds you

There are many stray cats and dogs in Beijing, although they usually try to stay away from people. They probably heard about the dog catchers from animal control. But sometimes the younger vulnerable ones seek out a new home.

I was a cat sitter for two adorable cats in Sanlitun, that were stray kitties and found their new owners by wandering the streets.

Keep your pet and yourself healthy – Prevent rabies

Rabies is a real threat in China. China has the second highest number of reported rabies cases in the worldAnd it is not just a threat to the health of animals. Each year, over 2,000 people die from rabies in China.

In most developed countries, pets are routinely vaccinated against rabies. This is not the case in China. So there is a risk of contracting the disease from a bite or scratch from an infected animal, even if the animal appears healthy.

Because so many pets are not vaccinated, you should consider getting the human rabies vaccine , a three-shot series. Especially if you tend to play with other people’s animals or with strays.

So make sure that your pets are fully vaccinated. And treat all other pets with caution if you haven’t been vaccinated yourself.

Rabies is not the only vaccination your cat or dog should have. Please check with your vet what is needed for your furry friend depending on the type and age of the pet.

Register your dog in Beijing

Dogs in Beijing have to be registered. The police do occasional spot checks and may take your dog away if it is not properly registered. Registration fees vary by district but are around 1000 RMB for the initial registration and 500 RMB for the yearly renewal.

To register your dog, you need proof of annual rabies vaccination. The three-year rabies shots offered in some countries are not recognized by China.

There are limits on the size of dogs and also on number of dogs per household that you can register. Some breeds are not allowed at all. My previous post has more info on this.

TimeOut Beijing recently published a handy how to guide for registering your dog.

Who looks after your pet when you travel

Living in China as an expat offers great opportunities to explore the country and the entire region. But someone has to look after your pet, when you are away.

Especially during the long holiday weeks in October and over Chinese New Year, it can be a challenge to find someone to pet sit. (Read my recent post about pet-sitters .) And I mean not just someone who puts out food and cleans a litter box. But the right someone who gives cuddles, playtime, or long walks.

Fortunately there are house- and pet-sitting services like , that match up qualified pet sitters with pets and houses that need care while the owners are away. Other house-sitting sites don’t have much coverage in China. HouseSitMatch wants to change that and will work actively to find the right sitter.

Don’t leave your pet behind in China

When you are ready to leave China, you need to get your pet ready, too. To export a pet, you need a health certificate and an exit permit. In addition, you need to meet the requirements for the country you are moving to. Start planning early to get all the vaccinations, health examinations and paperwork in order.

Before you get a pet in Beijing, please think it through what will happen to it when you leave China. Having a pet is a big commitment. If you have absolutely no choice and can’t take it, start early to find a new happy home for it.

I hope you found this guide to having pets in Beijing helpful. If you read this far, you probably already have one or are seriously thinking about getting one. Thank you for sharing the love! And please share this article with your pet-loving friends.

Ruth moved to Beijing in 2011 with her husband and later started the Beijing Expat Guide. Although she has since left China, she still comes back often to visit friends and fill up on delicious Chinese food.

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Bring Cat to China

We can provide cat immigration services for mainland China, including cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, and more.

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Cat immigration to China must meet the following requirements:

  • Tell us your plan 1.5-2 months before your planned departure
  • Vaccination and Vaccination Record
  • China pet health certificate
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  • Required pet must be accompanied by a single person, and a companion must travel with the pet.

Our Fees: (We are transparent with our pricing, and there are no hidden charges.)

For moving cat to China, each person only allowed to bring one pet at a time, whether by land or air, and there must be a person accompanying the pet. (We do not provide a service for pet smuggling.) This policy is for the convenience of travelers and is only limited to dogs and cats. We generally recommend entering Shenzhen by land and then flying to other cities. Pets do not need to be quarantined in this case.

Our fees include all necessary vaccinations, documents, veterinary services, cages, government fees, but do not include pick-up/drop-off at the border or clinic visits. We will prepare all required documents, and you can clear customs on your own. The cost for one cat is approximately HKD$5800. For each additional cat, the cost is HKD$4000. We will collect half of the payment as a deposit, and the remaining half will be collected on the day of the health certificate examination. We require a 50% deposit upfront, and the remaining balance is due on the day of health certificate issuance.

We will first complete all vaccination and microchip requirements at the first visit. Within seven days before departure, we will issue the health certificate and complete any other requirements for entry into mainland China. Once you receive the documents we provide, you can bring your pet across the border on your own.

If you choose to fly directly into mainland China, the only option at the moment is cargo transport, and there are not many choices of airports. The total cost starts at HKD$40,000, so we do not recommend this option.

If you are interested in using our services, you can fill out our quote request form and provide us with information about your pet’s travel to assist us in processing your personal pet relocation plan. If you have further questions or concerns, you can send us a message via our contact page or directly WhatsApp us at +852 6358 3131 to speak with one of our professional consultants.

What should I do to Import cat to China:

If you plan on developing in mainland China and want to bring your cat along, it’s important to follow the regulations for importing a cat to China. PET TRAVEL provides a detailed guide on the latest requirements and procedures for cat immigration to China. With careful planning and adherence to regulations, you can successfully bring your furry friend with you on your journey to China.

Bring cat to China – Permitted Pet Types and Quantity:

  • Only dogs and cats are allowed to enter China as pets.
  • Each person is allowed to bring only one pet at a time.

Required Health Certificates for Cats from Hong Kong to China:

  • Valid animal quarantine certificates issued by the official authorities of the exporting country or region.
  • Vaccination records.
  • The pet should have a microchip or other valid identification.

Regulations for Pets from Designated Countries or Regions:

  • Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are non-rabies epidemic areas (designated regions). Cats from these areas should provide official quarantine certificates, vaccination certificates, and be implanted with a microchip. After passing the on-site quarantine inspection, they can be released.
  • Cats brought to China must undergo an animal health clinical examination within 7 days before arrival to ensure that they are free from animal infectious diseases and parasitic diseases, including rabies.
  • Cats that cannot provide official quarantine certificates or vaccination certificates will be returned or destroyed within a specified period. Cats that have not been implanted with a microchip will be subject to quarantine for 30 days.
  • For cats that do not need to undergo quarantine inspection, they can be brought through any port of entry in China. For cats that require quarantine inspection, cat import China can only through ports that have the necessary quarantine facilities.
  • Customs inspection of pets from designated countries or regions includes verifying official cat quarantine China certificates, microchips, and conducting on-site clinical examinations.
  • Pets found to have symptoms of infectious or parasitic diseases during on-site clinical examinations will be subject to quarantine inspection.

Requirements for Bringing Pets from Hong Kong to Mainland China:

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  • AFCD endorsement for health certificate

For cat immigration to China must comply with regulations such as receiving the required vaccinations and providing the necessary entry and exit documents. Otherwise, the cat may be quarantined for up to 30 days or even denied entry. If willing cat import China, it is important to make preparations in advance to ensure a smooth immigration process.

Attention to cat immigration to mainland China:

For taking cat to China, at least 1.5-3 months before departure, notify the pet immigration experts at PET TRAVEL to handle the procedures for China cat import and contact the airline in advance to arrange a reservation for a pet cabin. Please note that domestic pet transportation only accepts cats in the cargo hold, and they cannot be brought into the cabin or treated as special luggage. Generally, cats cannot be transported into China by high-speed rail. Except for guide dogs, other animals are not allowed on high-speed trains. When entering mainland China, only one pet per person is allowed, and regardless of whether by land or air, there must be an accompanying person.

To import cat to China, it is necessary to take the cat to a veterinary clinic for a pre-flight check-up and obtain a health certificate for the pet from the veterinarian and arrange for other treatments. At the same time, it is also necessary to bring these documents to the Fisheries and Agriculture Department for endorsement procedures.

After all the above documents are ready, on the day of departure before the flight takes off, send the cat to the airline and complete the domestic cat check-in procedures.

After bringing cat to China, if the cat passes the on-site quarantine and meets the requirements for exemption from quarantine, it will be released directly and can pass through customs with the cat. If the documents are missing, quarantine inspection for 30 days may be required.

PET TRAVEL is a professional service that handles pet immigration procedures.

Planning to travel with cat to China can be complicated. If you are too busy to handle the process yourself, PET TRAVEL, a professional pet immigration company, can assist you in smoothly bringing your cat back to China. Over the years, PET TRAVEL has focused on pet immigration services, accumulating rich experience and a good reputation among its clients. Once you choose PET TRAVEL, we will arrange for a dedicated agent to provide one-on-one service, completing the cat transportation, export, import, flight booking, and destination customs clearance procedures in the shortest possible time and in the safest way. This eliminates the need for the cumbersome second transfer process.

PET TRAVEL’s team is professional and caring, composed of professional veterinarians, import and export experts, cat import specialists, and a design team. We will tailor a personalized pet transportation plan for each client’s specific needs. You can trust us to take care of your beloved pet.

PET TRAVEL will clearly outline the cost of China cat import, with no hidden fees, to ensure that you receive the most hassle-free service at the lowest possible price. Our goal is to make sure that your cat travel to China comfortably and arrives safely.

If you want to travel with cat to China, please feel free to contact us . PET TRAVEL is happy to help and provide professional advice and thoughtful service.

For our pet immigration services, we suggest that you inform us at least 3-4 weeks before departure. We take time to prepare import/export documents and coordinate with airlines and customs. Airlines need to reserve space for pets as cargo/oversized luggage. Additionally, some countries such as Australia, Singapore, and Taiwan require at least several months’ notice. These countries have their own quarantine policies. We need to work on appointments and contact the import department of customs to take further measures, such as reserving quarantine cabins and customs inspections.

There is no pet passport available in Hong Kong or China. Pet passports are only applicable for pets coming from the United States, the United Kingdom, and European Union countries. They allow cats and dogs to travel from the UK to other EU countries, but there may be additional requirements for some countries or regions.

In Hong Kong or China, we will have a pet health certificate instead of a pet passport for export and import to foreign countries. The pet health certificate is filled out and signed by an official or authorized veterinarian and then signed by the supervising authority. It is valid for several days from the date of issuance by the official veterinarian until the day of the document and identity inspection at the entry port of the traveler. The health certificate should include the pet’s name, microchip number, pet identification, and vaccination record. If you need more information, please consult our professional team .

In addition to vaccine preparation and export documents, your pet may require an import permit to enter certain countries/regions. Some countries require a pet immigration company to prepare these import documents. If you require this service, please contact our professional team .

The airline will require the original health certificate from your veterinarian, your pet’s vaccination records, a declaration letter from the person accompanying the live animal, and the air waybill for the cargo. When importing or exporting from Hong Kong, you may also require an airline certificate (Captain’s Affidavit). At Pet Travel, we can assist you in preparing all of these documents and contacting the airline and relevant immigration departments prior to your travel with your pet.

Certainly! Some people would like to move their pets themselves to save money, but they often make mistakes. If you’re moving to another country and aren’t familiar with its pet import policies, you will ultimately suffer for it. While you could do it yourself, if you make a mistake and don’t cross all the task, your animal will suffer. You’ll end up paying more than you imagine.

By using our service to relocate your animal, you can save a lot of time, stress, and headaches. We handle all the paperwork so you don’t have to. Pet relocation has been our specialty for many years, and we know all aspects of pet relocation better than anyone else. We treat every move as if it were our own pet, and we smile at every challenge.

Traveling by air is as safe for pets as it is for people. Airlines require pets to travel in containers that comply with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations and with specific airline guidelines. All of these things are designed to help ensure the safety and comfort of your pet while traveling. In some cases, your pet may not be allowed to travel in the cabin with you. Your pet will travel in a special cargo compartment within the aircraft. This compartment is both climate-controlled as well as pressurized, so your pet will be safe and comfortable. It is on the same air circulation system as the cabin.

Our Policy is to transport your pet with the minimum amount of stress involved. We will find the most direct route available, with little time spent confined in the kennel as possible. Additionally, there are certain products you can purchase, such as Feliway, which is a natural pheromone to induce a calmer state.

Your pet will be pleased to see you and will probably enjoy a good meal at the end of their flight, but most animals travel very well and relax throughout the flight. There are more than a million pets that fly safely every year worldwide, and the captain will act appropriately if there are any animals aboard.

We can let you know if this is possible if you let us know which airline you will be flying with and on which day. We will make every effort to book cargo space on the same flight as your pet. To avoid you incurring unnecessary costs, it is advisable for us to check availability for pets before you book your own flight if you wish to travel at the same time

It is advised by every airline that pets do not travel wearing a collar of any kind as they are deemed a choking hazard. However, they will be able to travel with the containers attached to their airline-approved crate in order to be able to refit them when they reach their destination. 

Yes, your dog/cat can be booked as manifest cargo and can fly alone to most locations.

Both   passengers  and   crew are  not   permitted  access to the cargo hold .  During  refueling   and   transit stops, passengers will not  be   permitted  access to their pets .

Unfortunately, little accidents sometimes do happen, so the crates are lined with absorbable puppy training pads to help soak up any little accidents that do occur. Like humans, your pet may experience a little dehydration during the flight, which will reduce the need for urination. Also, do not feed your pet the morning before travel as this may increase the risk of defecation or vomiting.

When you travel with your pet and you both check in at the passenger terminal, this is termed ‘excess baggage,’ however, your pet will still travel in the animal hold. Air Cargo can be used when you travel with your pet or if your pet is traveling without you. Your pet will be checked in through the cargo terminal at your departing airport and the cargo terminals of modern-day airports are used to handling and caring for animals. Some even have specialized rooms for holding animals.

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The PRC Customs and Quarantine Bureau updated their pet import regulations which took effect on May 1, 2019. All pets arriving  China  will be quarantined for 30 days after arrival ( * unless coming from a PRC  designated  rabies free country  or area ).

You may bring in one pet per human passport holder. 

There is now a process for applying for quarantine waiver. In order to receive a waiver of quarantine, your pets must have: 

  • Microchip insertion with EU ISO 11784/11785 microchip (record of the microchip insertion date  should be provided)
  • Official record of  TWO rabies vaccinations after the microchipping date
  • Most recent  rabies  vaccination must be within validity period for import and given at least 30 days before the blood draw date for the rabies antibody titre test
  • International travel health certificate from your originating country /area  endorsed by an official government veterinarian (certificate must be valid within 14 days of arrival)
  • Official Rabies antibody titre test performed by an OIE laboratory approved by China’s Customs and Quarantine Bureau. Blood draw may be taken on the same day as the second (most recent) rabies vaccination, as long as the second rabies vaccination is given at least 30-days after the first rabies vaccination,  and  is still valid at time of blood draw
  • Only certain OIE laboratories are approved by China to perform the rabies antibody titre test for import. 
  • Ple ase contact ICVS for more information on authorized laboratories and preparing your pet for import to China. 

*PRC designated rabies free countries and areas are: 

  • New Zealand
  • French Polynesia
  • Jamaica 
  • the United Kingdom
  • Liechtenstein
  • Cyprus 
  • Switzerland

If you will be quarantining your pet after arrival in China, please ensure you fly into Beijing or Shanghai.   Beijing and Shanghai have quarantine kennels. Other cities do not have quarantine kennels and are not approved ports of entry for dogs and cats requiring quarantine kenneling. Animals that do not meet quarantine waiver requirements arriving in cities without quarantine kennels will be turned back and in the worst case, the animal may be euthanized if flying back out is not possible. 

Please do not hesitate to contact the International Center for Veterinary Services with any questions on importing  and  exporting pets,  microchipping, legal rabies vaccinations, rabies antibody titre testing,   pet registration requirements and any general health care concerns . 

ICVS carries ISO microchips manufactured in Germany that are compliant for all countries. If you are not in Beijing, we can ship you the German manufactured microchip and your local vet may insert. Please contact ICVS to schedule a microchipping appointment or to order a microchip. 

ICVS is pleased to help pet owners in China taking pets overseas and then returning to China! We can help you prepare for export to your destination country and how to fulfill PRC pet import with no quarantine on your return to China. Please contact ICVS for more information. 

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This article originally appeared in 2015. It was updated in February 2020, and re-written with current information in April 2024. Time's up! You've had your year or decade or lifetime in China and now it's time to go somewhere else. But along the way, you've picked up a little friend and you want Squirt or Pepper or Wooks to go with you to your next stop. (Assuming Squirt, Pepper or Wooks are cats or dogs. Rabbits, hamsters and chinchillas may qualify for special export permits, but these are new and it's not possible to DIY. Find a transport agent to help you out.) So, how do you get your pet out of China? Keep in mind this is actually a two-part question: how do you get your pet OUT of China; and how do you get your pet INTO your end destination? This article deals mainly with the first part — getting your pet out of China (Shanghai spectifically). For more details on additional import steps, you'll need to research the specific country or region you'll be traveling to for additional requirements like import permits and quarantine.

To break down the advice into easy steps and confirm the process for 2024, we spoke with Lee-Anne Armstrong, the Executive Director for Second Chance Animal Aid Shanghai, which maintains a helpful webpage with much of this information .

1 Get a Rabies Shot and Microchip

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Take your dog or cat to get a rabies vaccination and a microchip. This can be done at any veterinary clinic that prints a Shanghai Immunization Certificate (a plastic card) for dogs and cats, in addition to providing the clinic vaccination book record.

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All the branches of the official Customs Bureau partner clinic for pre-flight health check, (the Shenpu Pet Hospital ) will print a Dog Immunization Certificate card needed for a license but do not need to print a Cat Immunization Certificate card. The Shenpu's own vaccination book alone is accepted for a pre-flight cat health check.

For Dogs: If your dog does not have their license yet, this is an important step. Shanghai Customs requires dogs have a valid Shanghai license to issue an Animal Health Certificate for China export. ( read about how to register your dog in Shanghai here ).

Once you've done this visit, the rabies shot is valid for one year, and the following steps can be taken anytime within that year.

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2 Step 2: Waiting period

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

3 Step 3 For Many Countries: Rabies Titre Test

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For all pets headed to the EU, Singapore, South Africa, Japan, the UAE and some other jurisdictions, they will require a rabies blood test. The blood draw to send the sample to an officially recognized PRC laboratory can be done at any clinic offering this service, including the Shenpu Pet Hospital ( 1,500 PRC lab, 2,800rmb for Japan) or Shanghai PAW (1,400rmb PRC lab). Ask your vet if they can send your blood sample to an approved lab for a rabies titre test.

After the blood draw date, there is a minimum waiting period that can be very lengthy (e.g. 3 months for the EU) before pets can travel.

The titre test's validity may be extended for entry into some jurisdictions (e.g. the EU) by keeping your pet's rabies vaccination up to date. Other places (e.g. Singapore) impose a short validity period before the test expires and would need to be done again.

Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, and Russia are some of the countries that do not require pets from mainland China to have this test. Cats to the U.S. do not need a titre test, but dogs do.

NEW SINCE LAST UPDATE: The U.S. CDC requires dogs (but not cats) from the PRC have a rabies titre blood test as part of the CDC Dog Permit application process for entering the U.S. The waiting period after the blood draw is minimum 45 days, and the U.S. CDC limits the test validity to one year.

See details on the U.S. CDC dog import permit process at

Under the U.S. CDC Permit rules, dogs must only enter the U.S. via one of 18 approved airports.

4 Step 4: Book Your Flight

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Pet owners should reserve their pet's transportation directly through their airline's China customer service hotline. Confirm a pet spot is available on your selected flight date(s) before finalizing a passenger flight booking.

Airline policy for how pets may fly varies, ie., small pet in the cabin with you (relatively inexpensive), checked as excess baggage in the hold (still reasonable) or as manifest cargo (thousands of dollars). Cargo and excess baggage are two very different transport options.

Your pet's height and weight determine where in the aircraft they can fly. SCAA warns owners of medium to large dogs and with multiple pets of US-based airlines' restrictive pet policies. United and Delta do not move pets as excess baggage, and American Airlines does not even allow cabin pets on China flights.

For multiple pets and / or animals that exceed cabin pet restrictions, owners should look to excess baggage options on ANA, Air Canada, Air France, Asiana, China Eastern, EVA Airlines, KLM, Korean Airlines, and Lufthansa instead.

NEW SINCE LAST UPDATE: In January 2022, the EU Animal Law was amended to require pets transiting through the EU to meet EU import requirements. This means that even for transit, pets should have a rabies titre blood test and 3 months waiting period before flying.

5 Step 5: Health Check Eight Days Before the Flight

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Exactly eight days before your scheduled flight, you must take your pet for a health check (budget 700-800rmb) at the Xujiahui Lu branch of Shenpu Pet Hospital , the Customs Bureau veterinary clinic partner, within office hours of 9:00AM to 4:00PM.

Bring your vet clinic's dog or cats' vaccination book and plastic Immunization Card or your cat's Shenpu vaccination book, your dog license, your rabies titre test result (if required), your dog's U.S. CDC Import Permit, your passport, and your flight details. The Shenpu has also been asking for residence registration, so have that handy just in case.

After paying for the health check and submitting your documents, you will receive a receipt to pick up your export certificate from the Customs Bureau, generally 2-3 days before your flight.

The receipt has all the relevant information for picking up your certificate.

For Dogs: Shanghai has a one-dog-per-household registration rule. As a dog license is required by Shanghai Customs for export, owners traveling with more than one dog may get an export permit with a consent letter from the dog's registered owner. There is a simple form letter for this purpose to be presented at the pre-flight health check.

6 Step 6: Pick Up Your Animal Health Export Certificate Before the Flight

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Go to the Huangpu Customs Bureau on the date listed on the receipt from Shenpu Pet Hospital to pick up your export certificate. Bring your passport. The Animal Health Certificate pick up location is currently atLan Sheng Mansion on Liu Lin road at Middle Huai Hai road ( 兰生大厦 , click here for details ). Opening hours are weekdays in two blocks of time; 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 2PM – 4PM.

Owners can give written permission, along with a copy of their passport, for someone else (who should also bring ID) to pick up their pet's certificate. The certificate is valid for 14 days from the date of issue.

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I've heard that it's one pet per passenger/passport when leaving China. Is this true?

Lee-Anne Armstrong: There is no universal "1 pet per passport" rule. The number of pets an individual passenger can add to their flight ticket depends on their airline, destination import rules, and the pet's mode of transport (in the cabin, checked as excess baggage, or as manifest cargo). In the cabin, a passenger may generally only bring one small pet, and the total number of pets allowed in the cabin is limited. Very few airlines allow pets in the business and first class cabins.

NOTE: Owners of multiple pets should be especially careful about researching and seeking feedback on airline options before booking their own ticket.

How much will it cost?

Lee-Anne Armstrong: Airline fees for pets range widely depending on the type of transport. For in the cabin, fees are generally in the 100-175usd range. For crates checked as excess baggage (not an option on U.S. carriers) costs can vary depending on size of crate and are around 300-600usd. Manifest cargo is a special category of pet transport where a pet agent is needed for Customs clearance. Cargo is very expensive — thousands of dollars. Cargo may be required for pets entering by air (e.g. the U.K., UAE) and all unaccompanied pets fly as Cargo. See here for Delta information , here for Korean Air's pet policy and here for KLM .

I've heard airlines have blackout dates for pets because it's too hot or too cold for them. True?

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Lee-Anne Armstrong: Chinese airlines have hot weather bans for their excess baggage transport. They do not offer an in-cabin pet option. Air Canada has similar hot and cold weather restrictions for excess baggage transport, while in-cabin moves remain available.

What restrictions are there on the pets?

Each airline publishes its own pet travel policies. Cabin pet carriers, which must fit under the seat in front of you, vary in maximum size by airline and aircraft. Pets in cabin bags usually count as your one carry-on item.. Delta does not accept pets on flights with an average flight time of greater than 12 hours. Lee-Anne Armstrong: It can be a problem for people in China who only call their airline's overseas hotline or do not expand easily-missed restrictions sections on the airline's website.. It's best to enquire about pet transport bookings with your airline's China office directly.

Are there restrictions on certain breeds?

Yes. Among other restrictions, ‘strong' dog breeds may be banned or require special crates and brachycephalic (i.e. flat-faced) breeds are often prohibited from flying or may be permitted only in cabin or only in cooler weather. Breeds to pay attention to include: Dogs : Affenpinscher, American Pit Bull Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffon, Bulldog, Cane Corso, Chihuahua, Chow Chow, Dogo Argentino, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel (King Charles Spaniel), Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Newfoundland, Pekinese, Pug, Rotweiller, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Shar Pei, Shi Tzu, Tibetan Mastiff and Tibetan Spaniel. Cats : British Shorthair, Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian, Scottish Fold

Do I have to do this on my own?

You don't have to but you certainly can handle all these steps on your own. If you have a budget for the convenience of a profressional agent, or if your destination or airline requires pets travel as manifest cargo or owners plan to fly separately from their pet then IPATA, the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association , has a useful online list of member companies to search.

Where can I get more information?

See SCAA's detailed information about in-cabin transport, excess baggage transport and cargo transport here , as well as special requirements for the U.K.

8 Pet Relocation Agents

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For pet transport, there's a wide variety of people out there calling themselves agents. Second Chance Animal Aid suggests owners start a search for pet relocation agents first through personal recommendations if friends have used an agent and are happy with their service, getting pets home safely and comfortably. A good starting point is the International Pet and Animal Transport Association (IPATA) . IPATA is a non-profit trade association whose members are dedicated to providing the highest professional pet moving services. Some IPATA-member pet transport agents, whose business focus is purely on domestic and international pet moves,SCAA is familiar with the following agents from adopters' positive experience:

  • Globy Pet Relocation Shanghai/Beijing/Guangzhou
  • Kevin Home Express Shanghai and Beijing
  • Shanghai M&D Pet Service
  • PawPal Pet Relocation Shanghai

--- With so many changes announced so frequently over the past 2-3 years, pet owners should use travel advice and experiences as a good starting reference, and double check policies are current.



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Starting August 1, 2024 at 12:01AM ET, new rules go into effect. Use the DogBot below to determine what rules apply to your dog based on the dates of travel and where your dog is traveling from.

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Taking your dog or cat on a flight abroad? Make sure you have your pet’s documents when traveling internationally and returning home to the United States. Leave yourself plenty of time before the trip to take care of your pet’s required medical care and paperwork. Remember to start the process early.

First Stop—Your Vet’s Office

If you are traveling internationally, tell your veterinarian about your plans as soon as possible. Together, you can make sure your pet is healthy enough to travel and meets the requirements for your destination country  and for your return to the United States. Requirements may include

  • Blood tests
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchips for identification
  • Health certificates

Airlines and countries often have different requirements, so make sure you know what the specific ones are.

Research How to Fly with Your Pet

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Talk to your vet about your travel plans and your dog’s rabies vaccination. Photo credit: David Heaberlin, CDC

Give yourself plenty of time to do your homework before your trip. A great place to start is the Pet Travel website  of the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Different airlines have different rules about whether and how a pet can travel. Depending on the airline, your pet may be able to travel on your flight either in the cabin or in the cargo hold. Confirm this ahead of time with your airline.

On airlines that allow pets to travel, only small dogs and cats that can fit in special carriers under the seat are allowed in the cabin. Their owners must care for them during any layovers. Some airlines may not allow them in the cabin and will transport them as cargo in a heated and ventilated hold. Cats and dogs may travel and rest better this way, since it is quieter and darker, according to the International Air Transport Association.

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Research how to fly with your pet. Photo credit: Misty Ellis, CDC

Another way for your pet to travel is on a separate flight as an air cargo shipment. If this is your preference, or a requirement based on your dog’s size or the destination country’s rules, then get your pet used to the shipping kennel ahead of time. Make sure the door latches securely to avoid any mishaps in transit. Ask your veterinarian for advice about when to give food and water. If a pet is traveling as an air cargo shipment , you must make arrangements for pickup at the final destination.

Some US carriers don’t allow pets to be shipped between May and September, the hottest months for animals to travel in the Northern Hemisphere.  No matter what time of year, safety is always a concern when pets travel by airplane. If absolutely necessary for a dog or cat to travel in cargo, it must be in a sturdy container with enough room to stand and sit, to turn around normally while standing, and to lie down in a natural position. For more information, visit the US Department of Agriculture pet travel website .

When waiting for a connecting flight, you may have to care for a pet traveling with you in the cabin, while the airline staff or ground handlers care for a pet traveling in cargo. Check with your airline(s) beforehand to see what is required.

Consider Your Pet’s Comfort

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Consider your pet’s comfort when traveling. Photo credit: Misty Ellis, CDC

Loading and unloading can be the most stressful part of travel for animals. Consider these tips:

  • Get your pet used to its carrier before the flight.
  • Purchase flights with fewer connections or layovers.
  • Pick departure and arrival times to avoid extreme heat or cold. For example, planning a nighttime arrival to a hot destination may be better for your pet.
  • Consult with your veterinarian. The International Air Transport Association discourages the use of sedatives or tranquilizers because they could harm animals while in flight.
  • Walk your pet before leaving home and again before checking in.
  • If your pet is allowed in the cabin, check in as late as possible to reduce stress.
  • If your pet will be transported as cargo, check in early so it can go to the quiet and dimly lit hold of the plane.

Cruise Ships and Travel by Sea

Different cruise ships have different rules about whether a pet or service animal can travel with you and what documents they require. Confirm this ahead of time with your cruise ship. If you travel with your pets internationally on a cruise ship or other maritime vessel, you will be required to meet federal entry requirements to enter or re-enter the United States with your pets. Note that CDC has temporarily suspended the importation of dogs arriving from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies , including dogs that have visited a high-risk country in the past 6 months.

Requirements for Dogs Leaving the United States

CDC does not have requirements for dogs leaving the United States. However, if you plan to return to the United States with your dog, the dog will be required to meet the same entry requirements as dogs arriving from foreign countries (see below). If you plan to take your dog to a country at high risk for dog rabies , be sure to review the importation requirements  before leaving the United States, because your dog may not be allowed to return to the United States due to the current temporary suspension , which applies to dogs that live in the United States and have traveled to high-risk countries, even if only for a short visit.

Visit the US Department of Agriculture  website for pet entry requirements in foreign countries.

Requirements for Dogs Arriving in the United States

A CDC public health officer checks the rabies vaccination certificate of a dog in a kennel just arrived into the United States. Photo credit to Derek Sakris, CDC.

Meet the requirements for dogs entering the United States. Photo credit: Derek Sakris, CDC

Whether returning or coming to the United States, all dogs must appear healthy . There is a temporary suspension   for dogs imported from countries that CDC considers high risk for dog rabies .

Some states may require vaccinations and health certificates. Check with your destination state’s health department  before you leave on your trip.

Some airlines, cities, or states restrict certain breeds, so be sure to check before you travel.

The US Department of Agriculture  has additional restrictions for some dogs arriving in the United States, such as working dogs and dogs intended for resale or adoption.

Requirements for Cats Arriving in the United States

Cats aren’t required by CDC to have a rabies vaccination certificate to enter the United States. However, most states and many other countries require them for cats, and CDC recommends that all cats be vaccinated against rabies. Be sure to check your destination’s requirements and ask your veterinarian before traveling.

Other kinds of pets

If your pet is not a cat or dog, there may be different requirements. Some animals , such as primates (monkeys and apes) or African rodents , won’t be allowed back into the United States. Even if they originally came from the United States, they can’t be brought back here as pets.

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With careful planning, your pet can stay healthy and safe while traveling. Photo credit: Audilis Sanchez, CDC

Illness or Death of a Pet During Travel

Despite all precautions, pets sometimes get sick or even die on an airplane. Public health officials are required to make sure an animal didn’t die of a disease that can spread to people. They may have to do an animal autopsy or conduct other tests, at your cost, to figure out the cause of death. The animal’s remains often cannot be returned to you after this testing.

Think of Different Options

Make sure your pet is healthy enough to travel by air. If you have any doubts, consider leaving your pet with a trusted friend, family member, or boarding kennel during your trip, or taking another mode of transportation.

With careful planning, your pet will arrive both at its destination and return home healthy and safe.

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International air and cruise travel with pets require advance planning. Travelers taking a companion or service animal to a foreign country must meet the entry requirements of that country and follow transportation guidelines of the airline or cruise company. Additionally, upon reentering the United States, pets that traveled abroad are subject to the same import requirements as animals that never lived in the United States (see Sec. 4, Ch. 9, Bringing Animals & Animal Products into the United States ).

See general information about traveling with a pet . For destination country requirements, travelers should contact the country’s embassy in Washington, DC, or the nearest consulate. The International Air Transportation Association also lists the requirements for pets to enter countries . Airline and cruise companies are another resource for travelers; most have webpages dedicated to traveling with pets.

Traveling With Pets Outside the United States

People planning to travel outside the United States with a pet should contact their local veterinarian well in advance of departure for assistance with completing all necessary paperwork and ensuring animal health and medical requirements are met. Depending on the destination country, pets might be required to have updated vaccinations and parasite treatments, International Standards Organization–compatible microchips implanted, and serologic tests prior to travel. Some countries require a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test for pets prior to importation.

Completing the stringent testing and permit requirements for some countries (e.g., Australia) can take up to 6 months. People who plan to transport animals should consider the animals’ species (e.g., cat, dog); mode of travel (e.g., airplane, cruise ship); season of travel (some carriers will not transport animals during the hottest or coldest parts of the year); and vaccination and testing requirements of the destination country and of transiting countries, if applicable. Transportation carriers might have additional requirements (e.g., breed restrictions for pets traveling in cargo, health certificates), so travelers intending to take pets outside the United States should contact air and cruise lines for information as soon as they are aware of their travel plans.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) lists international export regulations for pets . Pet owners are responsible for making sure requirements of the destination country are met. USDA APHIS often is required to endorse a health certificate prior to an animal leaving the United States; certificates must be accurate, complete, and legible. Failure to meet destination country requirements can cause problems gaining certificate endorsement or difficulties upon arrival in the destination country (e.g., animal quarantine or retesting).

Travelers should be aware that long flights can be hard on pets, particularly older animals, animals with chronic health conditions, very young animals, and short-nosed breeds (e.g., Persian cats, English bulldogs) that can be predisposed to respiratory stress. The US Department of Transportation offers tips for traveling with animals by plane .

Traveling With Service Animals Outside the United States

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, including an intellectual, mental, physical, psychiatric, or sensory disability. DOJ does not recognize emotional support animals as service animals, and airline carriers are not required to recognize emotional support animals as service animals.

Air Travel with Service Animals

The cabins of most commercial airplanes are highly confined spaces; passengers are seated in close quarters with limited opportunities to separate passengers from nearby disturbances. Animals on airplanes can pose a risk to the health, safety, and well-being of passengers and crew, and could disturb the safe and efficient operation of the aircraft. Accommodation of passengers traveling with service animals onboard a commercial airplane must be balanced against these concerns.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 developed minimum standards for service animals. Airline carriers can require passengers traveling with a service animal to document whether that animal has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks to assist the function of the passenger with a physical or mental disability; has been trained to behave in public; is in good health; and has the ability either not to relieve itself on a long (>8 hours) flight or to do so in a sanitary manner.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) provides 2 forms to document a service animal’s behavior, training, and health: Service Animal Air Transportation Form  [PDF] and Service Animal Relief Attestation Form for Flight Segments Eight Hours or Longer  [PDF].

In addition to the requirements already mentioned, airlines might require health certificates and vaccination records. Although airline carriers cannot restrict service dogs based solely on the breed or generalized type of dog, they might limit the number of service animals traveling with a single passenger with a disability, or require service animals be harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless the device interferes with the service animal’s work or the passenger’s disability prevents use of these devices; in which case, the carrier must permit the passenger to use signal, voice, or other effective means to maintain control of the service animal.

Cruise Ship Travel with Service Animals

Travelers should contact the cruise company they will be traveling with to learn more about each company’s service animal policy. Some cruise lines are unable to accommodate animals onboard. Pets, service dogs in training, and emotional support dogs might not be allowed. People traveling aboard a ship with a service dog should consider rules or requirements at ports of call. For instance, many ports of call have strict entry requirements for animals. Travelers with service animals should visit the USDA’s pet travel website or their service animal’s veterinarian to determine each destination country’s policy regarding admission of service animals. Some locations do not recognize 3-year rabies vaccines, and annual vaccination might be required; consult with the service animal’s veterinarian for more information.

Some locations require that service animals receive parasite treatment prior to arrival, and this information should be included in the service animal’s health records. Some locations require that service animals travel with documentation (e.g., an import license), regardless of whether the service animal will disembark the ship. Check with the cruise company or country of destination for details.

Some locations have breed restrictions per the country’s dog ordinances. Restricted-breed service animals might not be allowed to board the ship due to the destination country’s laws. Travelers should check with the cruise line and country of destination for more information.

Travelers should hand-carry (i.e., not pack in baggage) all of their animals’ required documents, including vaccination records. Service animals traveling without proper documentation might not be permitted to board the ship at embarkation.

Reentering the United States With a Pet or Service Animal

Once a pet or service animal leaves the United States, it must meet all entry requirements to reenter, even if the animal has lived in the United States previously (see Sec. 4, Ch. 9, Bringing Animals & Animal Products into the United States  and CDC's Bringing an Animal into the United States webpage).


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China’s pet economy being driven by elderly, singles dreaming of having cats and dogs

  • China's pet economy is expected to reach 811.4 billion yuan (US$112 billion) by 2025, remaining prosperous despite ongoing economic headwinds

Luo Aiping and He Yuqi, both single, white-collar workers in Guangzhou, have had new pets join their lives over the past couple years.

Luo, a lawyer in her 40s, got her first cat in 2021, and now she has four plus a dog.

She starts and ends every day by walking her dog, and having decided to give her pets more space, she even moved from the central business district to the suburbs, even though it means her commute takes over two hours.

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He, a teacher in his 30s, has three dogs and a cat.

"I like to spend my social time rescuing small animals. Taking all my pets on a trip to the grasslands is my dream," he said.

In 2023, China's population fell for the second year in a row, while the number of cats and dogs owned as pets increased by 1.1 and 6.8 per cent year on year, respectively, totalling over 120 million.

And despite the ongoing economic headwinds, China's pet economy remains more prosperous compared to most other sectors.

According to the China Pet Industry Operation Status and Consumer Market Monitoring Report released by market consultancy iiMedia Research from 2023 to 2024, even though the growth rate halved from its peak of over 33.5 per cent in 2020, the scale of China's pet economy is expected to reach 811.4 billion yuan (US$112 billion) by 2025, up from 592.8 billion yuan in 2023 and 295.3 billion in 2020.

And with changes in China's demographic structure, the ageing and single population have become the primary consumers in China's pet economy, driving the rapid growth of demand for pet companionship, said Jack Bian, founder of ShiTa, a network platform covering the pet industry chain including breeding, food, supplies, travel, beauty, medical care and entertainment.

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, single-person households accounted for 16.77 per cent of all households in China last year.

And while there is still a significant gap compared to 70 per cent in the United States and 46 per cent in Europe, the penetration rate of households owning pets in China is rapidly increasing, having reached around 22 per cent by 2023, the iiMedia report said.

According to the 2024 Pet Industry Insight Report released by Chinese Instagram-like social media platform Xiaohongshu, young people under the age of 29 living in first- and second-tier cities are gradually becoming the mainstream group of pet owners.

The report stated that young people's concept of raising their pets has shifted to treating them as family members, even popularising the concept of "treating pets as well as treating themselves".

Around 56 per cent of pet owners have changed their lifestyles for their pets, and 88 per cent said their spending had significantly increased or remained the same compared to the previous year, as young people are willing to spend generously, hoping to provide new experiences for their pets.

The Xiaohongshu report said that "having both cats and dogs" was the hottest topic of discussion among pet owners online, with over 460 million related posts on the social media platform.

"Having a single pet is a reality; having both cats and dogs at a young age is a dream life," the Xiaohongshu report said.

Millennials born between 1980-95 and Generation Z born between 1995-2010 see pets as companions and family members, driving continuous consumption upgrades and the emergence of new professions in the industry, such as traditional Chinese medicine herbalists, pet detectives and animal psychological consultants, Bian said.

His platform provides high-end medical products like stem cell treatment, psychological counselling, insurance and travel photography services for pets, reaching over 1 million pet owners nationwide and involving hundreds of pet-related start-ups.

"I prioritise my pets over my social life and would forgo gatherings with friends for them. Their health and happiness are very important to me," Luo said,

"I spend over 1,000 yuan (US$138) each month on pet food and another more than 1,000 yuan on pet snacks and toys, and these purchases make me happy.

"To be precise, I enjoy the single life with pets."

Pet psychological consultation, meanwhile, costs range from 100 yuan to 500 yuan per hour.

"My cat, adopted last year, is disabled. I think she has similar feelings of isolation and sadness as humans do. So I plan to pay a pet communicator to help me understand its emotions and make it happier," said He.

And according to the iiMedia report, 82.4 per cent of Chinese consumers pay attention to pet product brands, with the process of domestic replacement also occurring in the pet economy, with owners' preference for Chinese brands significantly rising.

According to Euromonitor, a market research database provider, in China's mid-range dry pet food market costing between 60 yuan and 80 yuan per kilogram, among the top 10 brands in terms of market share, over half were domestic brands.

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China Strives to Lure Foreign Tourists, but It's a Hard Sell for Some

China Strives to Lure Foreign Tourists, but It's a Hard Sell for Some


FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Tourists visit the Forbidden City in central Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo/File Photo

By Sophie Yu and Casey Hall

BEIJING (Reuters) - Guilherme Carvalho made his first visit to China this month, and the Italian said one of the main factors behind the trip was the post-pandemic policy to scrap entry permits for some tourists.

Previously, all foreign visitors had to go through the onerous process of applying for a Chinese visa. Now, visitors from more than a dozen countries can just fly in, and stay for up to 15 days.

"I didn't expect to feel so safe," said Carvalho, who visited Shanghai. "Everyone is so kind."

Carvalho is not alone. As the authorities focus on boosting foreign tourism in a bid to revive the economy and perk up sluggish consumer spending, thousands of visitors have flocked to China, encouraged by the visa policies and easier access to its unique digital payment services.

As of June 24, bookings from several countries under the visa policy including France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia and Thailand surged 150% year-on-year, data from China's largest online travel agency showed.

Bookings for July and August are also set to be higher.

"We're very excited to see the trend. Lots of people had some misunderstandings about China before they came, but after they arrive, they feel cities like Shanghai are very safe, very clean," said CEO Jane Sun.

Since December, China has granted visa-free entry to tourists from several countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand and Poland.

Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia have also struck agreements with Beijing to facilitate visa-free travel.

In the week that China announced visa-free travel for visitors from Australia and New Zealand, sales of tours jumped 133% compared to the previous week, said Yvette Thompson, general manager for sales and marketing for Australia and New Zealand at tour agency Intrepid Travel.

"Coming out of COVID, visas are just another level of complexity for travellers. So to remove that complexity, I think is a good move," she said.


The recent surge in tourism comes after China closed its borders in early 2020 to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and kept them shut until the start of 2023.

But even with the visa-free policy boost, far fewer tourists are coming to China now than before the pandemic.

According to official tourism data, China received a total of 49.1 million overseas visitors in 2019, with more than a third coming in for sightseeing and leisure. Revenue from international tourism reached $131.3 billion that year.

In the first half of 2024, the number of foreign nationals entering China was far lower at 14.6 million. Among them, 8.5 million entered visa-free, accounting for just over half of the total, according to the National Immigration Administration.

International tourism revenue data for China has not been published since 2019.

Travel agents say they are hopeful next year will bring in more foreign tourists as global demand for travel, and flight schedules, recover further to pre-pandemic levels.

However, China needs to do more than just waive visas to encourage foreigners, experts say.

Geopolitical tensions, a government that tolerates no dissent and China's sometimes belligerent portrayal in some Western media have kept some tourists away. Last month, two separate knife attacks on foreigners also sparked security concerns.

China must also compete for attention with Japan, which is experiencing a boom in tourism thanks to its weak yen.

"The more that we talk around the reasons to go to China - the diverse landscapes, the history, the difference between imperial Beijing versus futuristic Shanghai - I think the faster that negative PR dissipates," travel agent Thomson said.

Another potential hurdle for foreigners is China's vast digital infrastructure.

Paying for everything from transport tickets to restaurant bookings to tourist site admissions is done via QR codes linked to local payment apps such as WeChat and Alipay, making daily interactions difficult for holders of foreign bank cards.

China has allowed foreign bank cards to be linked to Alipay and WeChat, but the system and language barriers remain daunting.

"I can't imagine how a foreigner who doesn't have Chinese payment tools and doesn't speak the language can deal with all this," said Liang Hongling, a Chinese scholar living in Glasgow and who plans to travel with her Irish husband to her hometown in Xinjiang this month.

(Reporting by Sophie Yu in Beijing and Casey Hall in Shanghai; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Miral Fahmy)

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Politics latest: Conservative government planned to spend £10bn on Rwanda scheme, says home secretary

Sir Keir Starmer launches new skills body as he comes under pressure over the two-child benefit cap. Yvette Cooper tells MPs the last government planned to spend over £10bn on its Rwanda scheme. Meanwhile, Mel Stride says he is considering running to be Tory leader.

Monday 22 July 2024 18:02, UK

  • General Election 2024

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  • PM launches plan to tackle 'fragmented and broken' training system as he comes under pressure over the two-child benefit cap
  • Starmer and Sunak pay tribute to Joe Biden in Commons  
  • Yvette Cooper and James Cleverly clash over Rwanda scheme
  • Welsh health secretary launches bid to be first minister
  • Politics at Jack and Sam's : Starmer on Biden quitting
  • Adam Boulton: Special relationship won't be a love match but it might contribute to global stability
  • Senior Tory 'considering' entering race for party leadership
  • Live reporting by Faith Ridler

By  Tamara Cohen , political correspondent

Now installed in the Home Office, and the new government having scrapped the Rwanda scheme, Cooper revealed it had cost taxpayers £700m.

That's £290m for the payments to Rwanda, plus the chartered flights, the airfields, the hundreds of civil servants working on it and unable to send anyone there, except four people who had volunteered go.

Without intervening, she said, it would have cost £10bn over the six-year period of the partnership. Labour's measures would, she said, save £7bn. 

This hits the two key points of Labour's narrative - that the Conservatives crashed the asylum system (or the health service, prisons, the economy...), and that Labour's medicine will involve better stewardship of the public finances. 

Tucked away at the end of her statement is that Labour will end the retrospective application of the Illegal Migration Act - passed in March 2023 and meaning all migrants arriving since that date are awaiting detention and cannot be processed - and either allowed to stay or returned. This is key to the party tackling the ballooning backlog of cases. 

Her opponent James Cleverly called it "an effective amnesty for thousands of asylum seekers", and questioned where those allowed to stay would be housed. 

In the questions afterwards, it was notable how many Labour MPs asked questions about how the government would gain control over migration, and said their constituents were concerned about it.

Cooper warned that high levels of small boat crossings would persist over the summer. The government has already advertised for a Border Security Commander and has announced £84m to keep migrants in their home countries. By next summer, MPs will want to see not just savings - but evidence of results. 

You can read more from Sky News below:

Away from the Commons, defence Secretary John Healey is speaking at the RUSI Land Warfare conference.

He says the Labour government will have an "unshakeable commitment to NATO" and a "total commitment to spending 2.5% of GDP on defence".

But the government has so far refused to put a date on when that figure will be reached.

Healey also said he wanted a "national, unified response" to military threats, including the war in Ukraine.

"I’ve already offered the shadow defence secretary access to intelligence briefings," he revealed.

Yvette Cooper, the home secretary, has been giving a statement to the Commons on border security.

Speaking to MPs, she said the previous last government planned to spend "over £10bn" on its Rwanda deportation scheme.

Cooper also said £700m had already been spent on the policy "in order to send just four volunteers".

She branded it the "most shocking waste of taxpayer money I have ever seen".

But James Cleverly, the shadow home secretary, accused Cooper of using “made up numbers”.

Cleverly, who was home secretary before the election, criticised the new Labour government for having scrapped the Rwanda policy on purely "ideological grounds".

Sir Keir Starmer accidentally referred to Rishi Sunak as the "prime minister" when addressing the Commons just now.

Responding to Mr Sunak's remarks during a statement on a recent NATO summit, Sir Keir quickly corrected his faux pas, joking: "Old habits die hard."

Mr Sunak, now the leader of the Opposition, joined in the laughter across the chamber.

You can watch the moment here...

MSP Russell Findlay has announced his bid to succeed Douglas Ross as Scottish Tory leader. 

Mr Findlay, a former journalist and the Conservatives' justice spokesperson at Holyrood, is the first party member to officially enter the race.

Several colleagues have also been tipped as potential leadership candidates, including current deputy leader Meghan Gallacher, chairman Craig Hoy, and business, economic growth and tourism spokesperson Murdo Fraser.

Mr Ross previously announced he would step down as party leader following the general election.

It came amid criticism over the deselection of David Duguid as the candidate for the newly created seat of Aberdeenshire North and Moray East in the general election.

Continuing his statement, Sir Keir Starmer turns to the conflict in the Middle East.

"We need an immediate ceasefire," he says.

"This is the policy of this government, and an immediate ceasefire is the only way to achieve it."

Sir Keir says: "We will do all we can in pursuit of these goals."

The prime minister adds that British funding has resumed to the UN Relief and Works Agency.

He reiterates the need for a two-state solution.

Prime Minister Keir Starmer is on his feet in the House of Commons, where he is providing an update after meetings of NATO and the European Political Community.

He begins by paying tribute to US President Joe Biden after news he has left the presidential election race.

Sir Keir praises President Biden as "a man who during five decades of service never lost touch with the concerns of working people, and always put his country first".

He calls him a "true friend of the Labour movement", adding: "His presidency will leave a legacy that extends far beyond America, to freedom and security on this continent.

"Most of all, of course, in our steadfast resolve to stand by the people of Ukraine.

"He leaves the NATO alliance stronger than its been for decades."

Rishi Sunak has resigned as Conservative Party leader and the race to replace him could start soon.

With the party now in opposition for the first time since 2010, Tory MPs and members will choose their new leader.

So who is likely to throw their hat into the ring, what do they believe in and, crucially, do they have the backing of party members?

Read the latest from our political reporter Tim Baker below:

There are lessons that need to be learned from the global IT outage, Downing Street has said.

Asked whether the government would be launching a review into what had happened, the prime minister's spokesman said: "We keep resilience under constant review."

Around 8.5 million devices were affected by a botched software update on Friday, relating to the CrowdStrike platform. 

The spokesman added that the government has set out its plans to better protect public services and the third-party services that they use, including through a Cyber Security and Resilience Bill to "ensure that more essential digital services than ever before are protected" by putting regulators on a stronger footing.

"Clearly this case is one to learn the lessons from," the spokesman said.

"There are lessons that we should ensure are learned from this particular incident."

By Jennifer Scott, political reporter

Not even three weeks into government, and there is already the stirring of descent from the backbenches.

The row is over the two-child benefit cap, introduced by the Conservatives in 2017, which restricts child tax credit and universal credit to the first two children in most households.

Ministers say scrapping the policy is too expensive as the public purse is under such strain.

But that hasn't stopped a number of Labour MPs pushing for it to end, and putting forward an amendment to the King's Speech to try and force the government's hand.

We have just found out that Work and Pensions Secretary Liz Kendall will be hosting a "poverty strategy" briefing for MPs worried about the cap in parliament this afternoon to try and win them round.

Asked if she had any chance of that, one of the rebel MPs tells me: "We'll see..."

We will let you know what comes out of the meeting.

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