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Pet travel from the U.S. to Taiwan

HEALTH CERTIFICATE ISSUANCE AND SUBMISSION

USDA Accredited Veterinarian Signature Original Ink
APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer Signature Original Ink

Details: Health certificates require original ink signatures from the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian and the endorsing APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the application of the APHIS embossed seal. Submissions through the online Veterinary Export Health Certification System (VEHCS) cannot be accepted at this time.

  1. The dog or cat to be imported shall have been at least 90 days old, implanted with a microchip, and vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days (but no more than 1 year) prior to shipment.
  2. The dog/cat has been sampled not less than 180 days and not more than 1 years prior to shipment using a neutralization antibody titration test with a titer of at least 0.5 IU/ml rabies antibodies in the blood. The test has been carried out in a rabies reference laboratory of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) or a laboratory designated by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) of Taiwan.*

    * Kansas State Rabies Laboratory, Kansas (FAVN), or Department of Defense Laboratory, Veterinary Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory, Texas (FAVN), or Auburn University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathobiology, Virology Laboratory (FAVN)

  3. The importer shall apply for an import permit and make a reservation of the post-entry quarantine space from animal quarantine authority at the port of entry at least 20 days prior to shipment by submitting the following documents:
    • Veterinarian issued rabies vaccination certificate
    • Civil identification card of the importer. If the importer is not a resident and thus not registered in Taiwan, the other personal identification documents shall be provided (e.g. passport). If you are traveling with a guide dog for the visually impaired, please have your guide dog certification available
    • Rabies antibody titer test results showing a titer of at least 0.5IU/mL
    • NOTE: Review the import permit thoroughly to ensure it reflects accurate information about the pet (Ex: correct gender). The veterinary health certificate and import permit must match prior to issuance and endorsement of the certificate.
  4. On arrival of the dog or cat at the port of entry, the importer shall apply to the branch of BAPHIQ (animal quarantine authority) for quarantine inspection and submit the import permit, original veterinary certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, and bill of lading or customs declaration form. Importing a dog or cat without an original veterinary certificate in compliance with the above noted requirements shall be refused entry, or destroyed.
  5. When conducting the quarantine inspection, BAPHIQ (animal quarantine authority) will check the veterinary certificate and detain the dog or cat at the designated post-entry quarantine location for 7 days. During quarantine detention, the blood of the dog or cat will be sampled and tested again for rabies antibody. If the rabies antibody is under 0.5IU/mL, the dog or cat shall be revaccinated with an inactivated rabies vaccine.

Veterinary Health Certificate

Note:

Taiwan will not accept health certificates generated on State health certificate forms. The use of the health certificate provided is required.

  1. The dog or cat to be imported shall have been at least 90 days old, implanted with a microchip, and vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days (but no more than 1 year) prior to shipment.
  2. The importer shall apply for an import permit and make a reservation of the post-entry quarantine space from animal quarantine authority at the port of entry at least 20 days prior to shipment by submitting the following documents:
    • Veterinarian issued rabies vaccination certificate
    • Civil identification card of the importer. If the importer is not a resident and thus not registered in Taiwan, the other personal identification documents shall be provided (e.g. passport).
    • If you are traveling with a guide dog for the visually impaired, please have your guide dog certification available
      NOTE: Review the import permit thoroughly to ensure it reflects accurate information about the pet (Ex: correct gender). The veterinary health certificate and import permit must match prior to issuance and endorsement of the certificate.
  3. On arrival of the dog or cat at the port of entry, the importer shall apply to the branch of BAPHIQ (animal quarantine authority) for quarantine inspection and submit the import permit, original veterinary certificate issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, and bill of lading or customs declaration form. Importing a dog or cat without an original veterinary certificate in compliance with the above noted requirements shall be refused entry, or destroyed.
  4. For re-import of the dog or cat that has been exported from Taiwan to Hawaii for less than 6 months, the importer shall apply for an import permit at least 20 days prior to shipment and submit an application and the photocopy of the export veterinary certificate of Taiwan to BAPHIQ (animal quarantine authority) at the port of entry in Taiwan. The importer shall also apply for quarantine inspection on arrival of the exporting country, which is accompanied with the re-imported dog or cat shall be in compliance with all above mentioned protocol and attest that “the dog (or cat) never traveled to a third country since it arrived in this country”.

Veterinary Health Certificate (Hawaii)

Veterinary Health Certificate (Guam) 

Note:

Taiwan will not accept health certificates generated on State health certificate forms. The use of the health certificate provided is required.

Additional information can be found at BAPHIQ website: http://www.baphiq.gov.tw/en/view.php?catid=14261

The requirements for traveling with your pet are described in the health certificate. APHIS endorsement of the health certificate is required after it has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian.

Veterinary Health Certificate

Requirements known for tortoises only.  Additional information for traveling with your pet are described in the health certificate.

Health certificate for 4 or less tortoises

Health certificate for 5 or more tortoises

Requirements for traveling with your pet are described in the health certificate. APHIS endorsement of the health certificate is required after it has been issued by a USDA Accredited Veterinarian.

NOTE: Rabbits of the genus Lepus are not allowed entry.

Health certificate for Rabbits

For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.

Country of destination contact information:  

Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any. 

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet



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