China’s New Rules on Pet Quarantine

Effective from May 1, 2019

Pets that pass inspection and have conformed to all requirements including microchip entering China from these countries will not be subject to quarantine. *Designated countries are New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Guam, Jamaica, Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macao.

Starting May 1, 2019, cats and dogs entering China from any non-designated country may avoid quarantine by being microchipped (see step #1), having 2 rabies vaccinations, and getting a rabies titer test prior to entry. The titer test can be administered at the same time the second rabies vaccination is administered or at a later date. 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 Shanghai from non-designated countries* without a microchip and titer test will serve a minimum of 7 days of quarantine in a government facility and 23 days of home quarantine. Pets entering Beijing from non-designated countries* without a microchip and titer test will need to serve either 7 day or 30 day quarantine. depending on the country of origin.

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
  • Alashankou (land post)

After May 1, 2019, pets entering China that will not require quarantine are not restricted to the above inspection posts.

Guide and rescue dogs entering China after May 1, 2019 with microchips and certificates from professional training organizations are also exempted from quarantine and can enter China at any international point of entry.

Dogs and cats can enter China before May 1, 2019 at the following points of entry with home quarantine:

Checked Baggage or air cargo: Guangzhou, Chengdu.

Checked Baggage: Hangzhou, Zian, Dalian and Shenyang.

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.


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