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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Thailand as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 13.

1. Pet Microchip

pet microchip

Thailand's pet import regulations require that your dog or cat be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted for all animals entering or transiting Thailand. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can carry a microchip scanner.

2. Vaccinations


Unless your pet is located in a country that has not had any rabies incidents in the past 12 months, a vaccination card/certificate is required for each pet, clearly displaying your pet's current rabies vaccination, including the vaccine's manufacturer, batch number and expiration. The rabies vaccination must have been administered between 21 days prior to arrival in Thailand and not more than 12 months prior to arrival.

Additionally, your dog must have been vaccinated against Leptospirosis not less than 21 days prior to travel. If not vaccinated, your dog should be tested for Leptospirosis with negative result during the 30 (thirty) days prior to the departure. All pets must be vaccinated against other significant infectious or contageous diseases (Distemper, Hepatitus, and Parvovirus) with an approved vaccine at least 21 days prior to departure from the originating country. Cats must be vaccinated against Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia Psittaci, Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus between 21 days and one year before entering Thailand.

3. Blood Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

Thailand does not require a rabies titer test (FAVN) for pets entering from any country.

4. Health Certificate

Thailand Health Certificat

The health certificate for Thailand must be completed in English and stamped (endorsed) by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. If you are traveling from the United States this would be the State USDA office or the CFIA office if traveling from Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the governing authority in your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.

A copy of your passport must accompany your pet.

5. Internal and External Parasites

internal and external parasite treatment

It is recommended that, before your dog or cat can enter Thailand, it should be treated against internal and external parasites (ticks and tapeworms).

6. Permits

pet passport forms

You must obtain an Import Permit from the Department of Livestock Development in advance of your pet's arrival. The license is valid for 60 days.

Any live animal transiting Bangkok will need an import permit.

7. Post Import Procedures

post entry procedures Thailand

Pets may be subject to up to 30 days of quarantine upon entering Thailand for tests at the quarantine center upon arrival. Should all inspections and tests have acceptable results, your pet will be released to you.

8. Entering Thailand by Air


Pets can arrive in Thailand in the cabin or as checked baggage or air cargo at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Advance notification should be given to the Animal Quarantine Station. Pets can also enter Thailand at Phuket, although an import permit is required and arrangements must be made with veterinary officials for clearance.

Your pet is not permitted exposure to other animals if they are transiting at any approved intermediate port or airport. They shall not be allowed to leave the precinct of the port except to an officially approved transit quarantine area.

At check-in, you will present the following documents for the issuance of an import license: a photocopy of pet owner's passport, an original pet vaccination record (and a pet passport, if any), an original official health certificate and a photocopy of printed import permit.

Pet dogs and cats will not be quarantined as long as they arrive with a current import permit and all regulations to enter Thailand are met. However, a quarantine officer has the discretionary authority to detain any pets/animals in a quarantine station for a period of at least 30 days upon arrival during which they shall be submitted to tests and/or treatments deemed necessary. The pet owner would assume this expense.

Pets transiting Thailand as air cargo will need a transit permit which must be applied for via an import permit application.9.

Puppies and Kittens

Puppy or kitten import to Thailand

Thailand requires that puppies and kittens are vaccinated no sooner than 3 months and wait for 30 days prior to entering the country.

10: Traveling with a puppy

 Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Thailand

Thailand does not permit the import of Pit Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers.

11.Exporting PetsLiving in Thailandexport pets from Thailand

Cats and dogs cannot be exported until they have been microchipped and vaccinated for rabies and wait 30 days. Puppies and kittens must not be vaccinated for rabies until they reach 3 months of age, so the minimum age for export is 4 months of age. Your pet must also have a health certificate, export permit (when applicable).

All Pets to be exported must be inspected 48 hours before departure at the Airport before the Export License is granted. The export License and Health Certificate shall be issued and collected after the inspection and a copy will be sent to the owner before departure.12.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

Rabbits are subject to the same requirements as listed above. Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Thailand. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.13.


CITES endangered turtle

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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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given here reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.




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It may be obvious to all, but to return a pet from Thailand to Australia, is a very very different situation.  Expect many many weeks of quarantine in both Thailand and Australia, extensive vet bills, veterinary certificates and generally a lot of cost.  Thailand is a non approved country for importation of animals, hence, you must bring the animal via and approved country (ie Malaysia or Singapore).

I have always coined the phrase, that taking an animal to Thailand from Australia, is a one way trip.

Thailand has Rabies, Anthrax, and a host of other serious animal diseases.  Where Australia has none of these (generalisation)




Makes me sick, in the fact that I must include a disclaimer. All opinions, advice and comments expressed by me are of my own personal opinion, and not that of a Immigration Agent, Lawyer, or related professional. They are given in the spirit intended, as an independant contributor, to a public forum. No implied, or expressed guarantee or undertaking as to accuracy or relevance is given.


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On 10/6/2018 at 8:05 PM, Aussie_83 said:

Look at the area you are moving to though. Given how many Thai's view and treat dogs.  Yes mainly if they think they are strays, but none the less for me.

A_83, you need to meet my Thai mother in law and her fat, fat Pomeranian (the National Breed).  Dogs are either totally feral or prized pampered pets in Thailand, no place for cross breeds ?   I was living on Phuket when the Army rolled in one week and shot over 10,000 wild dogs, literally point blank in the main streets.  Feral dogs are a real problem on the islands, less so on the mainland.

Vets are as ridiculously expensive in Thailand as Australia..




Makes me sick, in the fact that I must include a disclaimer. All opinions, advice and comments expressed by me are of my own personal opinion, and not that of a Immigration Agent, Lawyer, or related professional. They are given in the spirit intended, as an independant contributor, to a public forum. No implied, or expressed guarantee or undertaking as to accuracy or relevance is given.


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