Canada

Import / Transit Requirements for Cats and Dogs into Canada

Age Of Animal

The animal has to be 3 months or older. Animals under the age of 3 months that are too young to have had their own rabies vaccination have to then travel under the mothers rabies certificate. In this case you then need the mothers valid rabies vaccination certificate. The mother has to have a valid rabies vaccination – no less than 30 days old and no more than 12 months old.

Please note that all puppies under 8 months of age will need an import permit to allow them entry into Canada.

Rabies Vaccinations

All international destinations require a valid rabies vaccination for travel. Valid means that the vaccination must have been given no more than one year and no less than thirty days before the intended travel date.

We suggest that you check your pet’s vaccination certificate in good time, so as to ensure that there will be no problems when the time comes for your pet/s to travel.

Normal Canine and Feline vaccinations

The veterinary authorities are mainly concerned that the rabies vaccination is current. However it is important for your pet’s health that these vaccinations are given annually and it is advisable that these vaccinations be updated when necessary. In addition, should your pet require boarding before they travel all reputable kennels would insist that you produce a valid vaccination certificate.

Microchip

Required.

Health Certificate (Valid for 10 days)

The pets have to be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a private veterinarian certifying compliance with the above requirements and this Health certificate must be stamped and signed by a South African private vet only.

In general this certificate is valid for ten days from the date of issue.

~ Our clients will be supplied with the correct & filled in Heath Certificate.

Import Permit

Not applicable for dogs older than 8 months, cats, and non-commercial movements.

Please note that all puppies under 8 months of age will need an import permit to allow them entry into Canada.