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When the pet owners are planning the immigration, it is  common that they would worry about their pets and do not know if the animal can come with them to the new country. Immigration with pets could be possible. So what do you need to prepare in advance? Are pets allowed on the cabin aircraft? Today, Simard & Associates will talk about the pet-friendly Canada.

Canada pet immigration application steps:

1. Physical examination and quarantine certificate for rabies and other major pet diseases

First, the owner must take the pet to the veterinary clinic to be vaccinated against rabies and other major pet diseases, and obtain an injection certificate as proof. You can consider getting vaccinated three months before departure to give your pet enough time to rest before departure. In addition to vaccinations, owners can also conduct other physical examinations for their pets, such as hyperbaric chamber tests, to ensure that they are fit for long-haul flights.

2. Book your flight

There are not many airlines that provide pets in the cabin. You may browse Air Canada, and maybe there are very limited places for pets on each flight. In addition, airlines also have restrictions on the size of pets. Generally, the allowed pet box sizes are as follows. The owner must call the airline to purchase the pet ticket and check the details before booking the flight.

3. Health certificate issued by animal clinic 7 days before departure.

The owner needs to take the pet to the veterinary clinic for examination seven days before departure, and will be issued a health certificate for classification and entry purposes. In addition, the certificate needs to be issued by a veterinarian, and it must also indicate that the pet has not been found to suffer from any infectious diseases, bacterial diseases and rabies. Note: The veterinarian must be an agent recognized by the relevant local authority responsible for issuing the certificate.

4. Go to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for endorsement.

After the pet has obtained the health certificate, the owner can bring the following documents to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department of the Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices for endorsement. The application fee is about $155-200.

Files required:

– Vaccine certificate

– Pet tag

– A completed animal health certificate application form

– Health certificate issued by animal clinic 7 days before departure

5. Preparation before departure

Owners can suspend feeding their pets a few hours before departure, reducing their chances of going to the toilet on the plane. You need to remember that you need to prepare a pet tag, a vaccine certidiate and a signed health certificate for the ground staff to check when you leave the country at Hong Kong Airport. Staff will weigh and measure pet cages to ensure compliance with registration requirements.

6. Pre-entry inspection and quarantine for special pets in foreign countries

The Canadian government recommends that you confirm whether the animal is listed as a protected species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) control measures. It is the owner’s responsibility to determine if their pet is under CITES control and to ensure they have the appropriate CITES permit/certificate in order to import them into Canada. In addition, the export requirements for pets in the exporting country must be met. Special pets include: parrots, lizards, turtles, snakes and small wild cats, etc.

7. Bringing domestic pets into Canada

Compared with other developed countries such as Japan, Singapore and Australia, the United States and Canada are the most pet-friendly and one of the easiest countries to clear customs. One of the reasons is that Canada and the United States have not eliminated rabies, unlike Hong Kong or Singapore. According to Canada’s regulations, bringing cats into the country does not require an import license, and does not require isolation if the quarantine conditions are met.


The owner needs to submit the health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate issued seven days before departure, and pay the animal entry tax. We recommend that you submit all the documents before handing over to the customs officers for inspection, so that the staff can handle them easily.



After completing the above steps, your pet can immigrate to Canada with you! If you have any other questions about pet immigration to Canada, please feel free to contact us! Simard & Associates brings together a team of professional and experienced immigration consultants and lawyers, who have handled various Canadian immigration program applications for countless families and applicants, and provide one-stop immigration consulting services, allowing you to enjoy new live in Canada.