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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

An import permit required.

Contact the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) for information about the process required to import animals into Taiwan from Australia.

Note
Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

As importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the import permit and/or the country website carefully at the time of preparation for export. Certifying officers must review the import permit(s), any conditions provided by the exporter and the country website to ensure that the issued document(s) are consistent with the permit(s).

The following requirements were provided in a permit issued in September 2021. Specific information about dog and cat import and quarantine conditions is available on the BAPHIQ website.

The original veterinary health certificate issued by the Department must contain the following information:

  • The dog/cat's breed, sex, age and microchip number.
  • Date of vaccination against rabies, that inactivated vaccine was indeed used within 30 days to one year prior to importation, and the dog/cat shall be over 90 days of age when inoculated.
  • That the dog/cat shows no clinical sign of rabies upon inspection.
  • That the dog/cat has been kept continuously for 180 days prior to exportation or since birth in a rabies-free country (zone). However, for a dog/cat that re-enters Taiwan within 180 days subsequent to exiting to a rabies-free country (zone), the statement "the dog/cat has never been to a third country after entering this country" is required.

Special requirements

The following information was sourced from the BAPHIQ website in September 2021. You should check for current information and requirements at the time of preparation for export.

Article 9 of Quarantine Requirements for the Importation of Dogs and Cats

  1. 9.1 A dog/cat from a rabies-free country (zone) will be returned to sender, euthanized and destroyed, or sent to a post-entry quarantine facility if it is in any of the following circumstances:
    1. 9.1.1 Without a microchip implant.
    2. 9.1.2 Without the original Export Veterinary Certificate.
    3. 9.1.3 The Export Veterinary Certificate is provided but without microchip number, or the number is inconsistent with the actual one on the dog/cat.
    4. 9.1.4 The Export Veterinary Certificate is provided but without the dog/cat's breed, sex, and/or age; or the information is inconsistent with that of the actual animal; or without a statement saying the dog/cat shows no clinical sign of rabies upon inspection.
    5. 9.1.5 The Export Veterinary Certificate fails to comply with Section 6.3.
    6. 9.1.6 The Export Veterinary Certificate fails to comply with Section 6.4.
    7. 9.1.7 The dog/cat has been transferred from one transportation vehicle to another in a rabies-infected country (zone) on its way from the exporting country to Taiwan.
  2. 9.2 The Import Veterinary Certificate will be issued for a dog/cat described in Section 9.1only after confirming that the dog/cat gives no cause for suspicion of notifiable animal infectious diseases, and meets the following conditions after post-entry quarantine:
    1. 9.2.1 For the circumstances in Sections 9.1.1~9.1.3 and 9.1.6, the dog/cat shall be inoculated with inactivated vaccine against rabies pursuant to Article 10, and be detained in quarantine until 187 days after the date of blood sampling that passes the rabies test. For the circumstance in Section 9.1.1, the dog/cat shall get a microchip implant immediately after entering the post-entry quarantine facility.
    2. 9.2.2 For the circumstance in Section 9.1.4, the dog/cat shall be detained in a post-entry quarantine facility for 7 days.
    3. 9.2.3 For the circumstance in Section 9.1.5, the dog/cat shall be inoculated with inactivated vaccine against rabies pursuant to Section 4.2, and be detained in quarantine until 30 days after the inoculation.
    4. 9.2.4 For the circumstance in Section 9.1.7, the dog/cat shall be detained in quarantine for 7 days. However, quarantine may be waived for such a dog/cat if it complies with any of the following requirements:
      1. 9.2.4.1 The transportation cage was sealed by the exporting country's animal quarantine authority, and the seal number is shown on the Export Veterinary Certificate.
      2. 9.2.4.2 The dog/cat is accompanied by a document issued by the animal quarantine authority or customs authority of the transshipping country (zone), or by the airline or shipping company, attesting that the dog/cat did not leave the airport or harbor while transferring and had no contact with other animals susceptible to rabies.
  3. 9.3 For the circumstances in Sections 9.1.4~9.1.7, disease mitigation measures (vaccination, blood testing, etc.) already been completed pursuant to this set of Requirements – according to statements of the Export Veterinary Certificate – do not need to be repeated during post-entry quarantine.

Other requirements

Document requirements

Upon a dog/cat's arrival at a Taiwanese port from a rabies-free country (zone), the importer shall submit the following documents to the animal quarantine authority stationed at the port of entry to apply for quarantine inspection:

  1. Photocopy of the Import Permit;
  2. The original Export Veterinary Certificate bearing official stamp of the exporting country's animal quarantine authority and the signature of the issuing official veterinarian; and
  3. Photocopy of the bill of lading, airway bill or customs declaration.

Transport requirements

The importing country may have specific transport requirements and you should check this. Dogs/cats cannot be transshipped through countries (zones) not recognised as rabies-free by the competent authority of Taiwan.

Pre- and post-arrival quarantine requirements

The importing country may have specific pre- and post-arrival quarantine requirements and you should check this.

Return to Australia

If your animal is returning to Australia, you should make yourself familiar with the Department's requirements for importing live animals into Australia. This is important as your animal may have been exposed to diseases that do not occur in Australia.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on a permit issued in September 2021 and importing country website and information. Entry last reviewed 14 September 2021.

Latest updates

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Last updated: 3/07/2022 11:18 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:37 PM