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General Information

In order to assist local exporters in meeting veterinary health requirements of the destination countries/places, this Department provides services such as issue or official endorsement of animal health certificate to facilitate such export. Such services include:

  • the issue of an official Animal Health Certificate
  • Government Veterinary Officer's endorsement on health certificates issued by the registered veterinary surgeons

How To Apply

  • An application must be submitted on the specified form (PDF format). Downloading of the forms for viewing and printing can be done through the use of the Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) Reader software which is available free at the Adobe Systems Incorporated website.

  • Fees must be paid at the time of application. Fees are charged in accordance with the Fees Schedule.

  • To apply for the official endorsement of an animal health certificate, please get prepared the completed animal health certificate (normally issued within 10 days of departure, or as specified by the destination country/place), vaccination records, or other related documents.

  • The issue of an official animal health certificate only applies to specific animals or countries/places. For dogs/cats, this service is only applicable to "South Africa" as the destination. Health inspection on the animal must be made by a government veterinary officer before the issue.

  • Regarding the application for the issue of an animal health certificate, appointment must be made at least 10 working days prior to the expected date of inspection. 

Processing Period

If all the veterinary health requirements stipulated by the destination country/place are met and the related documents are available, the processing period is:

  • Official Animal Health Certificate : two working days;

  • Government Veterinary Officer's endorsement on health certificate issued by a registered veterinary surgeons : one working day;

Where To Apply

Application must be submitted in person to:
Certification Desk (Counter No. 9), Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department,   5th Floor, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong 

Office Hours

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 noon, 1:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
(Closed on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.)


  • Since different countries impose different restrictions on the importation of animals, applicants are strongly advised to first obtain details of the requirements from both the government authority of the destination country/place and from the airline or shipping company that will carry them. Please note that this Department may not always be able to certify all of the required details.
  • The period of validity of the animal health certificate will depend on the regulations of the destination country/place. In general, it is valid for 10 days from the date of issue.

If the animal species and their parts or derivatives to be exported are controlled under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, Cap. 586, the exporter must also apply appropriate CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) export permit from this Department.

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Last Review Date : 28 March 2017