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MEMORANDUM CIRCULARS ON EXPORT OF DOGS AND CATS

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MEMORANDUM CIRCULARS ON EXPORT OF DOGS AND CATS

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TITLE

SPECIES

COUNTRY/COUNTRIES

COVERED

PROVISIONS

OTHER RELATED LAWS

BAI Memorandum

June 16, 2005

Signed:

Dr. JQ Molina

(Director)

REQUIREMENTS

AND

PROCEDURES

IN THE

EXPORTS OF

DOGS AND

CATS

Cats

and

Dogs

 

The following requirements and procedures on the export of dogs and cats are hereby promulgated for the guidance of all concerned:

  1. Any firm or corporation intending to export dogs and cats shall apply for a Veterinary Health Certificate (VHC)/export permit at the National Veterinary Quarantine Services (NVQS) of the Bureau of Animal Industry.
  2. The animal should have been vaccinated against rabies not earlier than 91 days since birth. Likewise, they should have been vaccinated not more than one year but not less than 30 days before shipment.
  3. The dog should have a valid vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and parvovirus; and the cat should be vaccinated against feline panleukopenia.
  4. The animal must be presented to the office for inspection. In lieu of this, the applicant must present a valid health certificate using the form that you can download at www.bai.da.gov.ph and issued by a licensed private veterinary practitioner not more than three days from the date of presentation. The original copy shall be submitted to NVQS.
  5. Health certificates not in accordance with the following instructions shall not be honored by this office:
  1. The Veterinary Health Certificate form must be printed. Likewise the entries must be typewritten.
  2. If the dog or cat was vaccinated against rabies by the veterinarian issuing the health certificate, the space provided for the vaccination details must be duly accomplished.
  3. If the dog or cat was vaccinated by a veterinarian other than the one issuing the health  certificate,  the  phrase provided. However, a photocopy of the rabies vaccination record should be attached to the health certificate and with the original vaccination certificate presented to the NVQS.
  4. The health certificate should bear the name (typewritten or computerized) and signature of the veterinarian. Other pertinent information which includes the PTR, PRC number with its expiry date and TIN must be indicated.
  1. In filling up the application form the flight details which include the name of the airline, flight number, and the date and time of departure, must be indicated.

Pursuant to DA Memorandum Circular No. 8 of 1980 re: Health Requirements for the Export of Live Animals (except wild birds) and in addition to BAI Memorandum dated February 8, 2001 re: Format for the Veterinary Health Certificate for the Import and Export of Dog/Cat

BAI

Memorandum

November 23,

2010

Signed:

Efren C.

Nuestro,

DVM, CESO III

(Director IV)

REVISED

QUARANTINE

REGULATIONS

FOR THE LOCAL

TRANSPORT OF

DOGS AND

CATS

Dogs

and

Cats

LOCAL TRAVEL -

PHILIPPINES

Requirements prior to the issuance of a shipping permit for local transport of dogs and cats:

  1. Only animals aged 3 and a half (3 ½) months and above shall be allowed for shipment.
  2. A valid rabies vaccination certificate must be presented upon application for a shipping permit.
  3. The animal should have been vaccinated against rabies not earlier than 91 days since birth. Likewise, they should have been vaccinated not more than one (1) year but not less than fourteen (14) days at the time of shipment.
 

BAI

Memorandum

December 13,

2011

Signed:

Efren C.

Nuestro,

DVM, CESO III

(Director IV)

ADDITIONAL

REQUIREMENTS

IN THE EXPORT

OF DOGS AND

CATS

 

JAPAN

  1. The export of dogs and cats must be notified to the Japanese Animal Quarantine Services (AQS) no later than 40 days prior to the export to secure a notification approval number.
  2. The animal must have a permanent identification with the use of microchips.
  3. The animals shall be vaccinated against rabies not earlier than 91 days after birth and no more than one year before export. They must be vaccinated at least twice before collecting blood sample for rabies serological test, and with an effective interval of at least 4 weeks.
  4. The date of blood collection and bai must not be less than 180 days but not more than 2 years prior to arrival in Japan.
  5. The test result must show that rabies neutralizing titer is equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ ml.

Additional requirements to BAI Memorandum dated June 16, 2005 for the Issuance of Veterinary Health Certificate (VHC)/Export Permit by the AHD

     

INDONESIA

  1. The exporter must request for a certification/recommendation letter from the Director of Animal Health, Directorate General of Livestock Services, Department of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia.
  2. The exporter must secure an approval letter from the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia (Directorate for Diplomatic Facilities).
 
     

DUBAI, UAE

  1. The exporter must apply for an import permit from the Ministry of Environment and Water. This shall be valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
  2. The animal must be implanted with a microchip.
  3. At least a month after a rabies vaccination, a blood sample was taken and tested with an OIE-prescribed test showing a rabies neutralizing antibody titer equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml.
 
     

ISRAEL

  1. The exporter must apply for an import permit from the Ministry of Environment and Water. This shall be valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
  2. The animal must be implanted with a microchip.
  3. At least a month after a rabies vaccination, a blood sample was taken and tested with an OIE-prescribed test showing a rabies neutralizing antibody titer equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml.
 
     

MALAYSIA

The exporter must apply for a license permit from the animal quarantine authority at the port of entry 30 days prior to the arrival of the animal.

 
     

INDIA

As an addendum to the VHC, there must be a Sanitary Information certifying that the animal shows no clinical signs of diseases and has been vaccinated with a licensed and BAI-approved rabies vaccine.

 
     

SWITZERLAND

Dogs and Cats originating from countries with endemic urban rabies may only be imported if a permit is issued by the Federal Veterinary Office:

  1. The animals must have been vaccinated against rabies in accordance with the regulations and be readily identifiable (tattoo or microchip). A blood sample must be taken from the animal not prior to 30 days after vaccination and more than 3 months before planned travel; in volumetric analysis the titer of neutralizing antibodies must be at least 0.5 IU/ml.
  2. The animal will be inspected at the border by an official border veterinarian and turned back if they do not fulfill the conditions.
 
     

SINGAPORE

  1. The exporter must apply for a license permit from the animal quarantine authority at the port of entry 30 days prior to arrival of the animal.
  2. The animal must be implanted with a microchip. The number of which must be reflected on the animal's vaccination certificates.
  3. The animal must be treated against internal parasites within 4 days of export.
  4. The animal was vaccinated against Rabies at least 6 month prior to export.
  5. At least a month after a rabies vaccination, a blood sample was taken and tested with an OIE-prescribed test showing a rabies neutralizing antibody titer equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml.
  6. The animal was treated against external parasites between 2 and 10 days of export.
 
     

HONGKONG

  1. The exporter must secure an Animal Health Certificate from the animal quarantine authority at the port of entry.
  2. The animal must be implanted with a microchip.
 
     

HAWAII

  1. The pet must have been vaccinated at least two times for rabies.
  2. They must be administered more than 30 days apart.
  3. The most recent rabies vaccination must be done not more than the vaccine's booster interval and not less than 90 days before the pet's date of arrival.
  4. The dog must have an electronic microchip implanted

(required before a Rabies blood test is performed).

  1. An OIE-FAVN Rabies blood test is required. It must be done at an approved lab (Kansas State University or the DOD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory in Texas).
  2. The day after the KAU's or DOD's receipt of blood sample must not be more than 38 months and not less than 120 days before the date of arrival. The result must be greater than or equal to 0.5 IU/ml.
  3. Following a successful OIE-FAVN test result, animals must wait
  4. at least 120 days before arriving in Hawaii. If arrival occurs before 120 days has elapsed, the animal is subject to quarantine until 120 days is completed.
  5. The pet must be treated by a veterinarian for ticks with a product containing Fipronil or an equivalent long-acting product within 14 days of arrival.
 
     

GUAM

  1. The pet must have been vaccinated at least two times for rabies.
  2. They must be administered more than 30 days apart.
  3. The most recent rabies vaccination must be done not more than the vaccine's booster interval and not less than 90 days before the pet's date of arrival.
  4. The dog must have an electronic microchip implanted
  5. (required before a Rabies blood test is performed).
  6. An OIE-FAVN Rabies blood test is required. It must be done at an approved lab (Kansas State University or the DOD Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory in Texas).
  7. The day after the KAU's or DOD's receipt of blood sample must not be more than 38 months and not less than 120 days before the date of arrival. The result must be greater than or equal to 0.5 IU/ml.
  8. Following a successful OIE-FAVN test result, animals must wait
  9. at least 120 days before arriving in Hawaii. If arrival occurs before 120 days has elapsed, the animal is subject to quarantine until 120 days is completed.
  10. The pet must be treated by a veterinarian for ticks with a product containing Fipronil or an equivalent long-acting product within 14 days of arrival.
 

BAI Memorandum

4 May 2015

Signed:

Dr. Rubina O. Cresencio

(Acting Director IV)

   

EU COUNTRIES

  1. The animal must have an electronic transponder 9microchip
  2. The animal must undergo blood test that provides evidence of the animal’s vaccination against rabies. The blood test must be taken not prior to 30 days after vaccination and more than three (3) months before planned importation.
  3. The animal must be accompanied by a Proforma Certificate which can be downloaded at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/nocomm_third_en.htm
  1. Official veterinary certificate drawn up in accordance with the model animal health certificate set out in Regulation (EU) No 577/2013
  2. Rabies titration test performed in an approved rabies serology laboratory on a blood sample taken by an authorized veterinarian will continue to be required for animals coming from territories and third countries not listed in Annex II to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013.
  3. A pre-movement anti-parasite ("echinococcus") treatment for dogs is required for dogs destined to Finland, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom.
  4. Pet dogs, cats and ferrets coming from territories or third countries other than those listed in Part 1 of Annex II  to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 are required to  pass through one of the designated traveler's points of entry in order to be presented for identity and documentary checks.
  5. The animal health requirements governing import of dogs, cats and ferrets include a pre-movement clinical examination in the country of dispatch, which must be a territory or third country listed in Annex I to Decision 2004/211/EC, Part 1 of Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 or Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 577/2013. The arrival of a consignment of dogs, cats or ferrets in EU shall be notified in advance to the approved border inspection post where they shall undergo the required veterinary checks. Those conditions also apply to non-commercial movements of more than five pet dogs, cats or ferrets.
 
     

BRAZIL

  1. The animal must be accompanied by its prescribed International Zoonitary Certificate.
  2. The rabies vaccination given to dogs or cats over three months of age and was applied at least thirty days prior to the animal’s  arrival, in  the case of first vaccination.
 
     

SOUTH AFRICA

  1. The animal must be accompanied by its prescribed Veterinary Health Certificate.
  2. The animal has been treated for internal parasites including Dirofilaria immitis and Echinococcus within seven (7) days of departure.
  3. The animal has been treated within 48 hours of departure for external parasites and are visibly free from external parasites.
 

BAI

Memorandum

11-Jun-12

Signed:

Dr. Rubina O.

Cresencio

(OIC-Director)

REQUIREMENTS

IN THE EXPORT

OF DOGS AND

CATS TO

TAIWAN

Dogs

and

Cats

TAIWAN

  1. For  Dogs  and  Cats  from  the  People’s Republic of China (PRC) via a third country like the Philippines;
  1. A minimum of 6 months residency from the third country is required
  2. Any person, firm or company shall apply for Veterinary Health Certificate (VHC) and Export Permit at the Animal Health Division (AHD) of the BAI at least a week prior to the intended date of shipment.
  3. A copy of the Veterinary Quarantine Clearance to import and Notice of
  4. Quarantine must be presented to the AHD when applying for the VHC and Export Permit.
  5. If the animal is from PRC animal must be brought to the BAI-AHD for initial scanning of the microchip. A final scanning of the microchip shall be done at the end of six (6) months.
  6. Original certificate of pedigree and registration of the dog must be presented. In lieu of this there must be an affidavit from the owner and a certification from the Punong Barangay that the dog or cat was born and raised in the barangay
  7. The animal must be implanted with a microchip (ISO 11784/11785 standards) before rabies vaccination.
  8. The animal must be brought to the BAI-AHD for scanning of its microchip prior to its blood collection for rabies neutralizing antibody level which must be 0.5 IU/mL or above.
  9. The animal must be scanned again to validate its microchip during the application for the VHC and Export Permit
  1. For dogs and cats born in the Philippines;

Enforced together with BAI Memorandum dated June 16, 2005 and December 13, 2011.

           

  1. The animal must be at least 90 days old from birth at the time of vaccination.
  2. The dog should have a valid vaccination against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus; while the cat should be vaccinated against feline panleukopenia.
  3. The exporter must apply for a Veterinary Quarantine Certificate (VQC) to import from the animal quarantine authority at the port of entry 30 days prior to the arrival of the animals.
 

REQUIREMENTS

IN THE EXPORT

OF DOGS AND

CATS TO

KOREA

Dogs

and

Cats

KOREA

  1. Health Certificate issued by the veterinary authority of the exporting country.
  2. Microchip implantation & rabies-neutralizing antibody test result listed in the documents.

In case without Microchip implantation or rabies-neutralizing antibody test;

Extended quarantine period of time to check a microchip implanted or rabies antibody test result, all at the owner's expense, meet the requirements of dogs and cats will be released.

  1. For pet entering Korea from a rabies free country:

(Recognized Rabies free Countries; Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Jamaica, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, Samoa, Cyprus, Norway, Ireland [Rep. & Northern], Great Britain, Sweden, Iceland, Portugal, and Finland)

It will need a 15 digit ISO microchip as well as an official health certificate issued by an official government veterinarian. The licensed vet completing the certificate must show the microchip number of your pet as well as a statement reflecting that your pet was healthy at the time of the examination.

  1. For pet entering Korea from a NOT rabies free country:
  1. It will need a 15 digit ISO microchip.
  2. A current rabies vaccination administered more than 30 days and not more than one year prior to entry.
  3. A Blood Titer Test administered more than 30 days but less than years prior to entry.
  4. If your pet has never been vaccinated or is a puppy getting their first vaccination, you should wait at least 30 days after fully vaccinated to get the Blood Titer Test.
  1. The pet needs to have an official health certificate issued by the official government veterinarian. This should state that your pet was healthy at the time of the examination as well as the microchip number of your pet, results of the Blood Titer Test, details of the lab and date the serum was collected.
 
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