Importing A Pet to Hong Kong

Posted: Jun 8 2014Last Updated: Jan 12 2016

The family cat or dog (except for certain fighting breeds) is welcome to come along as long as government requirements are followed.  A minimum quarantine of four months may be imposed, depending on the country of origin.  Group I is normally exempted from quarantine.  Group II may be exempted if all conditions and requirements are met.   Group III (all other countries) is subject to quarantine.  Regardless, you must follow exact procedures and provide the necessary documentation, in order to apply for an import permit.    A special permit is required for other animals, i.e. birds, reptiles and rodents.



Group I countries




New Zealand





Group II countries






Brunei Canada Cayman Island


Denmark Finland France


Gibraltar Guam Iceland


Jamaica Luxembourg Malaysia


Malta Mauritius Norway

New Caledonia

Papua New Guinea Portugal Seychelles


Solomon Islands South Africa Spain


Switzerland The Netherlands


USA (Continental)

Vanuatu Virgin Islands   


All dogs and cats must be implanted with an identification microchip, with the number printed on the animal’s health certificate. You need to obtain your import permit before you make travel arrangements for your pet. It usually takes five working days to process an application, with the ensuing permit valid for 6 months for one consignment only.   

Note:  Before making the decision whether or not to bring your pets, we strongly suggest you determine your home country’s policy on allowing them back in.

Owning a pet is quite popular in Hong Kong and there are a number of pet shops and veterinary clinics as well as animal protection societies who need adoptive families.



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