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									 Regulations Concerning Import Quarantine of Dogs and Cats
                  from Rabies-free Areas
Taiwan is now recognized as a rabies-free area by the World Organization of Animal
Health (OIE). In order to maintain this status, please conform to import quarantine
regulations and have your dog/cat vaccinated against rabies regularly. Australia, Iceland,
Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have been declared rabies-free
areas by the Council of Agriculture (COA), Executive Yuan.

Imports of dogs/cats should be in compliance with the “Rules for the Importation of Dogs
or Cats into Taiwan”, promulgated on 18th Feb 2005 by the Bureau of Animal and Plant
Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), COA, Executive Yuan.

Special Notices:
    Transhipment of dogs and cats via Bangladesh or China (excluding Hong Kong
       and Macau) is prohibited.
    For import of cats from Australia, please follow the Regulations Concerning
       Import Quarantine of Cats from Australia.
    For pregnant dogs and cats, only those less than 4 weeks pregnant are allowed to
       import.

Application for Dogs and Cats to be imported into Taiwan:
  1. To apply for an “Import Permit,” the applicant should submit the following
       documents to Hsinchu Branch, BAPHIQ (for imports via Taiwan Taoyuan
       International Airport only), no less than 30 days prior to transport:
          (1) Application Form.
          (2) Inactivated rabies virus vaccination certificate issued by a veterinary
                clinic of the exporting country.
                The certificate must specify in English, Chinese or both, the following:
                1) Animal breed, sex, age (or date of birth) and microchip number.
                2) Date of inactivated rabies virus vaccination (the Primary
                      Vaccination should be administered when the dogs and cats are at
                      least 90 days old and the shipping date must be between 30 days
                      and 1 year after date of vaccination).
                3) The rabies vaccine used is of inactivated (killed) type and
                      whether primary or booster vaccination was given.
          (3) Copy of the applicant’s passport or ID.

   2.   On arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the applicant should submit
        the following documents to this Branch to declare quarantine:
           (1) Import Permit.
           (2) Original copy of the Veterinary Certificate issued by the animal
                 quarantine authority of the exporting country (with official stamp and
                 signature of the quarantine officer).
                 The certificate must specify in English, Chinese or both, the following:
                 1) Animal breed, sex, age (or date of birth) and microchip number.
              2)   Date of rabies vaccination, the vaccine used is of inactivated
                   (killed) type and whether primary or booster vaccination was
                   given.
             3) The dog/cat has been examined and shows no clinical signs of
                   rabies.
             4) No case of rabies has occurred in the exporting country during the
                   past 2 years.
             5) The dog/cat has stayed continuously in the exporting country for at
                   least 6 months prior to shipment or since birth.
        (3) Customs Declaration (to be filled after arrival in Taiwan Taoyuan
             International Airport) or Bill of Lading (to be submitted upon cargo
             arrival).
        Note: Dogs and cats without the original copy of Veterinary Certificate shall
              be returned or destroyed.

3.   For dogs and cats that were previously exported from Taiwan to a rabies–free
     country and stayed there for less than 6 months, but for certain reasons need to be
     re-imported,
     (1) The applicant should submit the following documents to apply for the “Import
         Permit”:
          Application Form.
          Copy of the “Veterinary Certificate for Export of Live Animals” issued by
             BAPHIQ upon export from Taiwan.
          Copy of the applicant’s passport or ID.
          Copy of the pet’s ID (only for dogs).
     (2) Upon arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the applicant should
         declare quarantine to this Branch and submit the original copy of the
         Veterinary Certificate issued by the animal quarantine authority of the
         exporting country (with official stamp and signature of the quarantine
         officer). The certificate must specify in English, Chinese or both, the
         following:
          1) Animal breed, age, sex (or date of birth) and microchip number.
          2) Date of inactivated rabies virus vaccination and whether primary or
              booster vaccination was given.
          3) The dog/cat has been examined and shows no clinical signs of rabies.
          4) No case of rabies has occurred in the exporting country during the past 2
              years.
          5) The dog/cat has stayed in the exporting country continuously since it
              came from Taiwan.
     (3) If the “Import Permit” is unavailable, or if the information specified in the
        Veterinary Certificate issued by the exporting country does not meet the above,
        the animal shall be returned, destroyed or quarantined for 21 days.

4.   If the dog/cat is in good health condition and is accompanied by all the required
     documents, it will be released on the spot after on-site inspection.
   5.   In case of violation of the regulations, the dog/cat will be handled as follows:
        (1) If the submitted Veterinary Certificate does not meet all the requirements
            stated in 2.(2) or 3.(2) for short-term re-import, the dog/cat shall remain at
            Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport until the Certificate is amended,
            otherwise it shall be returned, destroyed, or quarantined for 21 days. If
            quarantined, blood samples for rabies antibody titre test shall be drawn 7 days
            after arrival. If the titre is below 0.5 IU/ml, a booster rabies shot shall be
            given.
        (2) In case of transhipment via rabies–infected areas, the dog/cat shall be returned,
             destroyed or quarantined for 21 days.
        (3) During on-site inspection, if the dog/cat is suspected to be unhealthy, it
            should be quarantined until concerns are eliminated.
        (4) When the shipping date is not between 30 days to 1 year after rabies
             vaccination, the dog/cat shall be quarantined until 30 days after vaccination.
        (5) If the dog/cat is less than 90 days old, it shall be quarantined until that age
             before being vaccinated against rabies, where after they shall be quarantined
             for a further 30 days.
        (6) If the “Import Permit” is not available, the dog/cat shall be quarantined for 7
             to 30 days, depending on the severity of the violation.

Methods to Apply for the “Import Permit”:
For your convenience, application for “Import Permit” of dog/cat may be sent via post
(please indicate on the envelope -- Application for Import of Dog/Cat), fax or e-mail to
this Branch (for imports via Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport only).

For related information please refer to:
Australia: Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AOIS)
Website: www.affa.gov.tw
Iceland: Ministry of Agriculture
Website: www.landbunadarraduneyti.is
Japan: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)
Website: www.maff.go.jp
New Zealand: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF)
Website: www.maf.gov.nz
Sweden: Swedish Board of Agriculture
Website: www.sjv.se
United Kingdom: Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Website: www.defra.gov.uk

For other countries, please visit the OIE Website: http://www.oie.int

                                        Hsinchu Branch, BAPHIQ
                                        Address: No. 25, Hangcin N. Rd., Dayuan
                                        Township, Taoyuan County, Taiwan
                                        Tel: 886-3-3982431
                                             886-3-3982663 ext. 202~212
                                        Fax: 886-3-3982310
                                        E-mail: hc04@mail.hcbaphiq.gov.tw
                                        Website: http://www.baphiq.gov.tw

								
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