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Announcement [2019] No. 5 of GACC on Further Regulations Regarding the Quarantine and Supervision of Pets Entering China

Announcement [2019] No. 5

For the purposes of further adapting to the new situation regarding port law enforcement and conducting the quarantine and supervision of pet dogs and cats entering China in a safe, methodical, and standardized fashion, the relevant matters are hereby announced as follows:

I. Live animals brought into China are limited to one dog or one cat (hereinafter referred to as “pets”) for each person per entry. Those who bring pets into China must provide customs with valid quarantine and rabies vaccination certificates issued by the official animal quarantine authorities in the exiting countries or regions. Pets shall have electronic chips.

II. Pets brought into China shall be quarantined for 30 days in the area designated for isolation by customs (including the withholding period). Pets that require isolation and quarantine shall enter from a port with isolation and quarantine facilities. Customs supervises and inspects the isolation and quarantine of pets. Customs implements classified management of entry for pets from designated and non-designated countries or regions. Pets that meet one of the following conditions may be exempt from quarantine:

(1) Pets from designated countries or regions that have valid electronic chips and pass on-site quarantine

(2) Pets from non-designated countries or regions that have effective electronic chips and rabies antibody test reports issued by GACC-designated laboratories (antibody titer or immune antibody must be above 0.5 IU/ml), and pass on-site quarantine

(3) Pets acting as guide dogs, hearing dogs, or search and rescue dogs that have valid electronic chips as well as relevant user certificates and professional training certificates provided by the pet carrier, and that pass on-site quarantine.

The lists of designated countries or regions, GACC-designated rabies antibody test results laboratories, and ports with isolation and quarantine facilities are subject to announcements from GACC.

III. Under any of the following circumstances, customs shall, within a specified period, return or dispose of pets in accordance with relevant provisions:

(1) The number of pets entering China exceeds the quota

(2) Pet carriers fail to provide customs with valid quarantine and vaccination certificates issued by the official animal quarantine authorities in the exiting countries or regions

(3) Pets that require isolation and quarantine enter China from a port without isolation and quarantine facilities

(4) Pets fail to pass on-site quarantine

Guide dogs, hearing dogs, and search and rescue dogs that have no vaccination certificates may be vaccinated against rabies in qualified institutions upon application by the pet carrier.

For pets to be returned within a specified period, the pet carrier shall, within the prescribed limit period, hold the retention voucher issued by customs to receive and bring pets out of the country. Pets that fail to be claimed within the aforementioned time period are considered as being abandoned.

IV. For specific quarantine requirements for pets entering China, refer to the attachment: Quarantine Requirements for Pets Entering the People's Republic of China.

This Announcement comes into force on May 1, 2019.

Notice is hereby given.

Attachments: 

1. Quarantine Requirements for Pets Entering the People's Republic of China.doc

2. Rabies Serological Testing Laboratories Designated by General Administration of Customs, P.R.China.doc

3. Registration for Pet Dogs and Cats Carried by Passengers.doc

4. Ports of Entry with Isolation and Quarantine Facilities for Pets.doc

The General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China

January 2, 2019

(All information in this document is authentic in Chinese. English is provided for reference only. In case of any discrepancy, the Chinese version shall prevail.)

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