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Pet quarantine rules in Thailand

Thailand’s quarantine regulations are in place to protect the local fauna from the introduction of exotic diseases. If you are flying to Thailand with your pet dog or cat, your pet must fulfill all mandatory pet import regulations to be able to enter the country.

Health checks and documentation

Visit the vet and make sure all the health checks, vaccinations and documentation required for your pet dog or cat to enter Thailand have been completed. Make sure your pet has received all mandatory vaccinations and has been microchipped. Remember to administer the Leptospirosis vaccine before travelling. Pets will not be allowed to enter Thailand if they are not vaccinated against Leptospirosis. To travel to Thailand with your pet, you will need an import permit and a health certificate attested by an authorised official of the government of your country.

Arriving in Thailand

As soon as your pet cat or dog lands at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, a quarantine officer will inspect your pet. An advance notification has to be sent to the Animal Quarantine Station intimating them about the arrival of your pet. Your pet’s identification papers, import permit and health certificate have to accompany your pet along with a copy of the pet parent’s passport.

Pet cats and dogs that have fulfilled all import requirements will be examined by the quarantine officer to check for any health concerns. As long as your pet is healthy and has a current import permit and all necessary documentation, he or she will not be quarantined.

However, it is the discretion of the quarantine officer to detain your pet for up to 30 days in quarantine if he deems that further tests or treatments are necessary. These pets will be sent to an approved quarantine centre from the airport, where they will be administered the required tests and treatment. The pet parent will have to bear the expenses for the quarantine stay plus the treatment and test costs.

Pet transport to Thailand

Pet parents looking to transport their dog or cat Thailand must ensure all paperwork is correct and current. Since quarantine is at the discretion of the quarantine officer, make sure your pet is healthy and fit to travel before flying to Thailand. If your pet shows any signs of illness, it is advisable to move the journey to a later date when your pet cat or dog is completely fit and well.

If you are heading to Thailand with your pet dog or cat, it is recommended to enlist the services of an accredited pet transport agency to facilitate the travel. Get in touch with the team at Petraveller for more details on quarantine and pet import regulations in Thailand.