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Import of Dogs and Cats from Group III countries/places

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Application Procedure:

*Please read through all the parts carefully before submitting your application.

I. Submit the application document:

  1. Ring to AFCD office (852) 2150 7065 to check the availability period of quarantine facility. Reservation of Quarantine facility can be arranged only after the submitted documents are in order.
  2. Submit the following documents by fax (852) 2375 3563, email (icsenquiry@afcd.gov.hk) or in person:
    a. Fill in the prescribed application form ( Special Permit (For the Importation/Transit/Transhipment of Animals & Birds) - Form No. AF240 (415KB)  e-Form iAM Smart or ( Import Permit (For Importation of Non-food mammals from the Mainland) - Form No. AF301 (167KB)  e-Form iAM Smart for animals from the Mainland China) and the Declaration and Authorization Form - Form No. UN110  (Sample Document). Facsimile copies are available from the interactive telephone (852) 2708 8885. The form can also be obtained by dialing (852) 1823.
    b. HKID / Passport of the applicant (photocopy if submitted by post).
    c. Vaccination certificate / card showing the date of birth of animals, microchip number of animals and the vaccination record of the following vaccines fulfilling the requirement of full vaccination ( No. G122 - Guideline for full vaccination of dogs and cats under quarantine in Hong Kong ):
    • Dog - Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Canine Parvovirus.
    • Cat - Feline Panleucopaenia (Infectious Enteritis) and Feline Respiratory Disease Complex (Cat Flu).
    d. Fill in Government Animal Management Centre for Quarantine Purpose Booking Form (Form No. PC100). (202KB) e-Form
  3. You may confirm whether this Department has received the submitted document by dialing (852) 2150 7065.
  4. You will be contacted to confirm the reservation period of quarantine facility and pay the fee after the submitted documents are confirmed in order.

II. Pay the Permit Fee

Fee must be paid at the time of the application (unless otherwise stated). Permit fee for a single animal is HK$432. Fee for each additional animal is HK$102 under a same permit for a single shipment.

No permit fee is required for animals imported from the Mainland China.

In person: Cash or crossed cheque payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" is to be paid at the time when an application is submitted.
By post: Crossed local cheque is acceptable for local application. Cash should not be sent by post.
For overseas application: Payment shall be by bank draft in HONG KONG CURRENCY payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" drawn from a bank in Hong Kong. An overseas applicant may nominate a person or an agent in Hong Kong to apply for permits on his / her behalf.

III. Where to Apply

Either in person or by post to the licensing office:

Permit & Certification Section (Counter No. 10), Import & Export Division, 5th Floor,
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, 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. (Close on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.)

Applicant can also apply for the Special / Import Permit through the Trade Single Window. More information can be viewed at www.tradesinglewindow.hk.

IV. Processing Time

At least 3 working days, subject to provision of all required information (i.e. it takes 5 working days from the date of receipt of application and permit fee to the date of issue).

Please apply well in advance and make allowances for mailing time, and meet the health requirements such as vaccinations and/or blood tests.

V. Dispatch of Permit

  • By ordinary mail (local) or air mail (overseas) to the address as indicated in the application form. Please enclose a self-addressed envelope together with the application (No stamp is required).
  • To avoid postal delay, the applicant may choose to pick up the permit at the licensing office in person or by an appointed agent. The permit will not be dispatched by fax nor email.

Import Requirements

Please read the permit terms carefully to ensure the full compliance before importation of animals. Failure to comply with the Permit Terms may render the animals to be returned to the country / place of export or quarantined for a period determined by the Senior Veterinary Officer at the cost and risk of the permittee / agent. The permittee / agent may be prosecuted.

The animals must arrive Hong Kong in a designated period of time and kept in AFCD Animal Management Centre for quarantine, otherwise quarantine facility must be re-booked.

Origin Except The Mainland China The Mainland China
Permit Terms DC-03V03 DC-05V03
Forms of Animal Health Certificate VC-DC3 (Sample Document) VC-DC3  (Sample Document)
Quarantine Period Minimum of 4 months Minimum of 4 months
Quarantine facilities booking PC100 (Sample Document) PC100 (Sample Document)

  Important Reminder

  • Dogs and cats imported from Group III countries / places are subject to a minimum of 4-month quarantine period at the Animal Management Centre of this Department (Introduction to Animal Management Quarantine Centre) (PDF Format) at the expense of the applicant. Due to fluctuation in the demand for Government Animal Management Centre quarantine facility we recommend you to book the quarantine facility at least 15 months in advance for dogs and cats to avoid delay in your plan to import your pets. 

  • Final travel arrangement should NOT be made until a permit has been granted.

  • Two sets of carbonised Special Permits will be sent to the applicant. Please retain the original (white) copy for the retrieval of pets on arrival. The carrying airline and shipping company may require the shipper to produce the duplicate (yellow) copy before accepting the carriage of pets in the exporting country/place.

  • Pets that have left Hong Kong are subject to the importation and quarantine restrictions as outlined above on their return to Hong Kong. Special Permits/Import Permits to bring back pets that have left Hong Kong need to be obtained from this Department in advance.

  • If deemed necessary (for instance, animals of doubtful history; animals showing clinical signs of diseases), the quarantine period for dogs and cats from all countries/places (Group I, II and III) may be extended. Dogs and cats without proper documentation may be required to undertake a minimum of 4-month quarantine at the owner's expense or returned to the country/place of origin.

  • Location of AFCD office at the Hong Kong International Airport.
  • Please click the image below for a summary of the importation procedure.

    Flowchart of Group III Application Procedure


Tel : (852) - 1823
Email : icsenquiry@afcd.gov.hk


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