Thailand Pet Shipping - information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs.
This is a summary of the main points only.
Animals must be shipped in IATA approved transit kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around.
From the UK the following paperwork is required:
|1.||An Official Export Health Certificate (1 per animal), which must be applied for from DEFRA. This must be completed and certified by your LVI within 72 hours of the flight. In order to comply your pets should have a current full set of vaccinations (For Dogs - Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus at least 21 days prior to departure in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. They must also be vaccinated against Leptospirosis at least 21 days prior to departure after completion of a primary course or administration of a booster. In either case vaccination must be carried out within 12 months prior to export. For Cats - Panleukopenia, Calicivirus and Rhinotracheitis) at least 21 days prior to departure.
|2.||A written declaration stating that the animal has been resident in Great Britain for at least the last six months or since birth. Failing this then a certificate of vaccination against rabies will be required. The vaccination should be given at least 21 days prior to the flight.
|3.||An Import Permit obtained from the Department of Livestock Development, Disease Control Division, Phy Thai Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. This should be applied for at least 15 days prior to the date of importation. However if you are accompanying your pet then it is possible to obtain the Import Permit at the time of arrival. In this instance, please contact the veterinary officer on 24-hour duty at the arrival Hall of Terminal 1, Bangkok International Airport. Tel 5351425.
If you have any queries please contact the veterinary officer at Cargo Terminal, Room No 308, Bangkok International Airport between 08:30 and 16:30 local time Tel 5351546 or 5351210.
Contrary to advice given by DEFRA, there appears to be currently no quarantine (please check with the authorities for confirmation) for cats and dogs entering Thailand from the UK as long as all the paperwork is completed correctly and the animals are clinically healthy on entry.
The full set of requirements must be obtained from your local Animal Health Divisional Office, please contact us for your local DEFRA office telephone number. Please request a Specimen copy of the Health Certificate as the things that have to be done become somewhat clearer than just referring to the notes.
Last updated 16.11.2015 (by Lindsey)