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Travelling with your Dog & Dog Importation Information

Travelling with your Dog

The following articles are for those looking for information about travelling with their dog — from Hotels that allow pets to information about importing your pet to another country — this section covers these topics and more.

Importation of Dogs

(Added 8 September 2017) – Version Française suit

To help importers understand dog import requirements, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has created an infographic to make the rules and requirements for permits easier to understand. The infographic outlines the difference between commercial imports (which require permits for dogs less than 8 months of age) and personal imports. This infographic can be found at the following link:

For those seeking to import dogs at this time due to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, please find key points captured below:

  • The import of dogs rescued and destined for an animal welfare organization in Canada constitutes a commercial import.
  • Effective November 1, 2013, in order for an animal welfare organization to import rescued dogs for further distribution or transfer ownership of dogs destined for adoption after arrival in Canada, this importer must meet the requirements for the “Resale” end use code, which are as follows:
    1. For commercial dogs less than eight months of age:
      •    – an import permit;
      •    – a veterinary health certificate; and
      •    – a rabies vaccination certificate; and
      •    – a CFIA veterinary inspection.
    2. For commercial dogs eight months of age or older:
      •    – a rabies vaccination certificate; and
      •    – a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) inspection (may be referred to CFIA for veterinary inspection if needed).
  • An import permit lists the detailed requirements that must be met by a specific shipment of animal(s) in order to be allowed entry into Canada. In the case of commercial dogs aged less than eight months, the import permit details the required vaccinations, health statements, microchip requirements as well as kennel of origin certification. It is important to note that the import permit must be obtained well before the animal is presented for entry into Canada and that the process may take up to 10 business days.- The permit application can be found at the following link:– Detailed information on the importation of dogs can be found on the CFIA website at the following link:

    Failure to meet the import requirements may result in the animal(s) being refused entry at the border, forfeited to the Crown or removed from Canada, all without compensation to, and at the expense of the importer.

Should you have questions regarding the importation of live animals, you are encouraged to refer to the CFIA Automated Import Reference System (AIRS), contact your nearest CFIA Animal Health Office, or submit a question through the Contact Us webpage.


CFIA Animal Health Offices:

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Importation de chiens au Canada, incluant les chiens rescapés

Pour aider les importateurs à comprendre les exigences d’importation pour les chiens, l’ACIA a créé un schéma facilitant la compréhension des règles et des exigences en matière de permis. Le schéma présente un aperçu de la différence entre les importations commerciales (qui requièrent des permis pour les chiens de moins de 8 mois) et les importations personnelles. Ce schéma est accessible au lien suivant:

Pour ceux qui désirent importer des chiens en ce moment suite aux conséquences de l’ouragan Harvey, prière de consulter les points principaux ci-après :

  • L’importation des chiens rescapés destinés à une organisation de bien-être animal est considérée comme une importation commerciale.
  • Depuis le 1er novembre 2013, les organisations de bien-être animal désirant importer des chiens rescapés pour distribution future ou transfert à un nouveau propriétaire, ou aux fins d’adoption subséquente, doivent rencontrer les exigences d’importation établies pour l’usage final de « revente » :
    1. Pour les chiens commerciaux âgés de moins de huit (8) mois :
      •    – un permis d’importation;
      •    un certificat de santé vétérinaire;
      •    un certificat de vaccination pour la rage; et
      •    une inspection par un(e) vétérinaire de l’ACIA.
    2. Pour les chiens commerciaux de huit (8) mois ou plus:
      •    -un certificat de vaccination pour la rage; et
      •    -une inspection par l’Agence des services frontaliers du Canada (ASFC) (peuvent être référés à l’ACIA pour une inspection vétérinaire au besoin).
  • Un permis d’importation est un document détaillant les exigences spécifiques devant être rencontrées par un groupe d’animal ou un animal particulier afin de pouvoir être importé au Canada. Dans le cas de chiens commerciaux de moins de huit mois, le permis d’importation précise les vaccins requis, les exigences quant à la micropuce ainsi que les déclarations quant à l’état de santé de l’animal et les conditions applicables au chenil d’origine. Il est important de noter que le permis doit être obtenu bien à l’avance de l’arrivée de l’animal à la frontière et que le processus peut prendre jusqu’à 10 jours ouvrables. La demande de permis d’importation est au lien suivant :
  • De l’information détaillée au sujet de l’importation des chiens est disponible sur le site web de l’ACIA au lien suivant:
  • Tout défaut de se conformer aux conditions d’importation peut entraîner la saisie par l’État des animaux importés ou le renvoi du Canada des animaux aux frais de l’importateur, sans versement d’aucune indemnité.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’importation d’animaux vivants, veuillez-vous référer au Système automatisée de référence à l’importation de l’ACIA, communiquez avec le Bureau de santé des animaux de l’ACIA le plus près de chez vous ou soumettez une question via le web Contactez-nous.


Bureaux de Santé des animaux :

Contactez-nous :


Additional Dog Import References

  • Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs (to Canada)
  • Importation of Pets into the United States: In general, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regulations on the importation of dogs and cats into the United States includes the requirement that dogs be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, except for puppies younger than 3 months and dogs originated or located for 6 months in areas considered to be free of rabies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also has other restrictions on the importation of dogs. See the Importing Animals (including Pets) and Animal Products on the CDC website and Animal Import and Export from the USDA website.
  • Animal Quarantine Information in Hawaii — Hawaii is a rabies free state and has a quarantine law designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the presence and spread of rabies. All dogs and cats, regardless of age (puppies and kittens included) or purpose, must comply with Hawaii’s dog and cat import requirements.
  • Bringing your pet dog, cat or ferret to the UK — DEFRA — Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs — This site explains what you have to do to bring your pet dog, cat or ferret into (or back into) the United Kingdom through the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) without putting it into quarantine. It also explains the requirements for bringing many other types of pet animals into the United Kingdom. The site also includes information about quarantine in the UK for animals that do not qualify for PETS.

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