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Thailand (TH)

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Importing country requirements

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

Exporters must obtain an import permit from the Kingdom of Thailand Department of Livestock Development and meet the import health requirements specified by the Thailand Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

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 attached import requirements were provided by the Thai authorities to the Thailand Requirements for importation of Animals (Update).pdf) (PDF 112KB)

The following conditions were included in an import permit issued by the Thailand Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives in August 2021.

  1. 1) A health certificate in English, signed or further endorsed by a full-time authorized veterinary official of the government of the exporting country, if it is previously acknowledged by a veterinary surgeon, stating:
    1. 1.1) number and species
    2. 1.2) breed, sex, age and color or animal identification
    3. 1.3) name and address of the owner OR the kennel of origin
    4. 1.4) certification of condition items (2) to (5)
  2. 2) The animals must come from an area where animal diseases are under control. They are found to be healthy, free form signs of any infectious and contagious diseases including ectoparasitism at the time of export and fit to travel.
  3. 3) The country has been free from Rabies for at least the past 12 (twelve) months OR the animals are vaccinated against Rabies with an official approved vaccine not less than 21 (twenty-one) days prior to the departure.
  4. 4) EITHER  a) The dog is vaccinated against Leptospirosis at least 21 (twenty-one) days preceding departure.
        OR         b) The dog is subjected to a test for Leptospirosis with negative result during the 30 (thirty) days prior to the departure.
  5. 5) The animals shall be vaccinated against other significant infectious or contagious diseases i.e. Distemper, Hepatitis, and Parvovirus, with an official approved vaccine at least 21 (twenty-one) days prior to the departure.

Other requirements

Document requirements

Prior to departure, the following documents must be prepared for inspection by the Thai authorities:

  • Original passenger's passport (or pick up person's passport if ship by air cargo)
  • Original pet passport or vaccination record
  • Original official health certificate with endorsement and stamped from the government
  • A print-out of the Import Permit received from Thailand via email

Transport requirements

The animals must be conveyed in nose-and-paw proof crates designed to avoid any risk of injury or unnecessary suffering.

The animals are not allowed to expose to other animals if they have to be landed in transit at any approved intermediate port. They shall not be allowed to leave precinct of the port except to an officially approved transit quarantine area.

Pre- and post-entry quarantine requirements

The animals are subjected to quarantine at approved premises for a period of at least 30 (thirty) days upon arrival during which they shall be submitted to tests and/or treatments deemed necessary. The importer/owner shall be fully charged for the incurred expenses.

Failure to follow the import procedures may result in returning the animals to the country of origin or destroying without compensation.

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 August 2021 and importing country website and information. Entry last reviewed 9 September 2021.

Latest updates

14/12/2021 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
Last updated: 3/07/2023 3:01 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:37 PM