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Animal Health Certificate

ISSUE OR OFFICIAL ENDORSEMENT OF ANIMAL HEALTH CERTICATE

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 which the importing country specifically requires official veterinary examination. 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/Official Certification of Information 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.)

Australia's Import Requirements for dogs/cats being shipped from Hong Kong to Australia

With effect from 3 February 2014, the Australian government authority (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources) has imposed the below import requirements for dogs/cats coming from Hong Kong.

At the 1st stage, please tell your private vet who did the blood sampling to sign and stamp on the Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test (RNATT) Report. After that, please bring along the rabies vaccination record and the RNATT Report etc. to our office for endorsement. (The endorsement takes 1 working day to process).

After you have granted the Australia's import permit, and the dog/cat has gone through the required parasite treatments and a series of blood sampling(s) in accordance with the Australia's import requirements, please bring your dog/cat to the private animal clinic for examination and completion of the following prescribed Animal Health Certificate within 5 days prior to export :

Only new version of the Animal Health Certificate below will be acceptable as from 1 January 2018

Prescribed Animal Health Certificate for dog being shipped to Australia (applicable as from 1 January 2018)

Prescribed Animal Health Certificate for cat being shipped to Australia (applicable as from 1 January 2018)

Please tell your vet to sign and stamp on each Blood Test Report to acknowledge the test result. After that, please bring along the captioned Animal Health Certificate, Blood Test Report(s), Vaccination Record(s), Import Permit etc. to our office within 5 days prior to export, so that we can base on your vet's attestation and endorse the Animal Health Certificate correspondingly. (The endorsement takes 1 working day to process).

Please remind your vet to do the parasite treatments and the blood sampling(s) within the time frame in accordance with the Australia's import requirements. Your vet has to check carefully and understand the Australia's import requirements before signing the captioned Animal Health Certificate. For more import information, please visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/

 

EC entry easier for Hong Kong dogs and cats

With effect from 1 January 2012, the European Community (EC) has imposed import requirements for dogs and cats coming from Hong Kong. Owners of dogs and cats will find easier to take their pets to EC member states. These requirements include:

  1. The animal is identified by a microchip;

  2. The animal is accompanied by a health documentation (must be in EU format) which requires official endorsement from AFCD;

  3. The animal has a valid anti-rabies vaccination status (at least 21 days have elapsed since the completion of the primary vaccination against rabies); and/or

  4. The animal has been examined by an approved veterinary surgeon before travelling and found to be in good health and able to withstand travel to the planned destination.

The certification which certifies the animals have met the above requirements is valid for 10 days in the EC. Some countries/places, including Finland, Malta, Ireland and the United Kingdom, have additional requirement.

  • The dogs have been treated against tapeworm within a period of not less than 24 hours and not more than 120 hours before arrival.

If the animals transit through a country / place which has not been approved by the EC, a rabies antibody test is required, or the import will be subject to the decision of EC. Different conditions will apply for other pets. Owners are advised to check the import requirements through the website of the animal health authorities of the destination countries / places for the latest information before planning their trip.

For detail information, you can visit the following website:

European Community Official Website:
http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/index_en.htm

British Official Website :
http://www.defra.gov.uk/

 

Reminders

  • 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.

 

Note:

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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