What Countries Require Pet Quarantine?

One of the biggest concerns people have when they first consider travelling internationally with their dog is the chance of a stay in quarantine. Fortunately though, most of the countries that are popular destinations to visit with your dog don’t require quarantine, at least in this day and age.

However, there are still some countries that do require quarantine for many or all pets (especially if you don’t take special steps to avoid it). Find out further details about this possible stay in quarantine for your pet, and take this into consideration before planning to visit these countries with your dog, especially just for a holiday.

Which countries require pet quarantine
What countries require pet quarantine for your dog?

Countries Not Requiring Quarantine for Your Pet

Most popular countries for people to travel to with their dogs don’t require quarantine. This includes most of Europe (including the United Kingdom, which previously had a long quarantine period), the United States (except for Hawaii and the territory of Guam), Canada and Mexico.

As I’m from a country that requires quarantine (Australia), many people were surprised to learn that my dog didn’t require quarantine when we headed to Europe (only on our return). It certainly makes it a lot easier and cheaper to travel internationally with your dog!

Taking dog to Europe
Europe doesn’t usually require quarantine for any pets

However, do keep in mind that if your dog is unwell upon arrival in a country, they may be required to undergo quarantine. For instance, for dogs travelling to Ireland from outside of the EU a compliance check is required on arrival. Failure of the compliance check may result in quarantine.

Why Do Dogs Require Quarantine?

Animals including your pet dog may require quarantine when entering some countries in an attempt to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. This includes transmission to local pets, plus also to local native wildlife.

The majority of countries that require quarantine these days are island nations, that are free of many transmissible diseases, including rabies. To ensure that they keep their rabies-free and disease-free status, they require animals entering the country to take steps to ensure they don’t introduce diseases.

This usually includes having a rabies vaccine and a rabies titre test, but also often a quarantine period. During this period your dog can be monitored by vets, and any health issues picked up before your dog is released.

Countries That May Quarantine Your Pet

I am aware of the following countries and territories that may require your pet to be quarantined:

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Taiwan

Note that there are likely also to be some additional countries that I have not listed, including some other small Pacific island nations and territories.

Always check the latest details for transporting pets to your intended destination, including whether quarantine may be required. Luckily, the likelihood and duration of quarantine seems to be decreasing in general.

For instance, China recently ended mandatory quarantine for pets entering the country, assuming that preparation steps, including a rabies titre test for non-exempt countries, have been completed.

Another important detail – some of the above countries, plus a few more like Jamaica, only allow pets to be imported from a short list of other countries. This is another reason to check all details before making plans. 

For more details on the quarantine rules for Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Iceland, Jamaica, Japan, Singapore and South Africa in particular, I have provided an outline below.

Pet Quarantine for Australia

Pets require quarantine in Australia
Australia has a mandatory quarantine period for all dogs and cats to help protect the local wildlife

My home country of Australia requires quarantine for all pet dogs and cats entering the country, except for pets from New Zealand.

For both dogs and cats the quarantine period is at least 10 days, in addition to a long list of steps to prepare your pet beforehand. In March 2023, this was increased to 30 days for pets travelling from many countries, if an identity verification step is not completed.

If your pet is healthy and flea- and tick-free during their quarantine, your pet should be released on time, after either 10 or 30 days. There are no steps you can take to avoid this quarantine.

There is only one quarantine facility in Australia, at Mickleham near Melbourne Airport, so all pets are required to fly to Melbourne to enter the country, unless an exemption is provided.

Additionally, pets being imported to Australia can only be imported from approved country. If you are living in a non-approved country, they need to spend at least 180 days in an approved country before being imported to Australia.

Read more about the process to import a dog to Australia, whether dogs travelling to Australia can avoid pet quarantine and my guide to quarantine in Australia.

Pet Quarantine for New Zealand

New Zealand
New Zealand also has a mandatory quarantine period of at least 10 days

The quarantine process for New Zealand is similar to Australia. All pet dogs and cats entering the country, except from Australia, need to spend at least 10 days in quarantine.

There are four quarantine facilities in New Zealand, three located in Auckland and one in Christchurch, so your pet can fly into either airport.

Note that pets can only be imported into New Zealand from an approved country, and need to have spent at least the last six months in this country.

Read more about the steps to import a dog or cat to New Zealand.

Pet Quarantine for Hawaii

The Napali Coast
It’s possible to skip quarantine in Hawaii if your complete all the preparation steps on time

Unlike the other 49 states of the United States, there are many extra steps to import a pet to Hawaii, thanks to its rabies-free status, including the possibility of quarantine.

However, quarantine can luckily be avoided if you follow the steps for the “5 Days or Less” quarantine program and your pet qualifies for “Direct Airport Release”.

Basically, this involves having your dog vaccinated for rabies and performing a rabies titre test in advance, with the required paperwork sent to Animal Quarantine Station in Hawaii at least 10 days before your arrival date. If everything is received in time and confirmed on arrival, your dog will be immediately released.

Additionally, if you are flying directly to Hawaii from some other rabies-free countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Guam and the British Isles, there are less steps to follow and no quarantine.

Read more about the steps to take your pet to Hawaii and skip a stay in quarantine.

Pet Quarantine for Iceland

Up until recently, all dogs travelling to Iceland required one of the longest minimum quarantine periods I’d heard of, a lengthy four-week stay!

However, recently the quarantine period has been reduced, down to 14 days, although there is only a short list of approved countries that pets can arrive from. There’s also a long list of vaccinations plus blood tests to perform, comparable to those required by Australia.

If you’re re-locating to Iceland permanently, the quarantine is tough but doable. It’s also expensive. However, skip heading to Iceland with you dog for a quick holiday.

Read more about the steps to import pets to Iceland.

Pet Quarantine for Japan

Temples in Japan
Pet quarantine is generally only brief and a formality in Japan

While all pets arriving in Japan technically have a brief stay in quarantine, this quarantine stay is indeed brief: only up to 12 hours, enough for an inspection.

Assuming everything is in order with your pet’s papers and they are healthy, they will then avoid spending up to 180 days in quarantine.

The rules to import a pet to Japan vary depending on the country of origin. If your dog is being imported from Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Hawaii, Guam or Fiji, then less steps are required. Other countries require at least two rabies vaccinations and a rabies titre test.

For all countries, you need to notify the authorities at least 40 days in advance.

Read more about the steps to import pets to Japan.

Pet Quarantine for Singapore

Gardens by the Sea in Singapore
Depending on where you’re travelling from, your pet may require quarantine in Singapore

The steps to import a pet into Singapore and whether they require quarantine varies depending on their country or territory of origin.

For Category A and Category B countries or territories, no quarantine is required. For Category C and D countries or territories the required length of quarantine is either 10 days, 30 days or longer.

Category A and B countries and territories, which don’t require quarantine, include Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA (Hawaii and Guam only).

Dogs and cats from most European countries and the rest of the USA require quarantine.

Read more about the steps to import pets to Singapore.

Pet Quarantine for South Africa

Another country that may require quarantine for pets arriving in the country is South Africa. The entry requirements are stricter for dogs – generally cats have less requirements and are not quarantined.

Whether or not your dog will be quarantined depends on your country of origin. For dogs arriving from a long list of countries including Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and Zimbabwe, no quarantine is required.

Dogs arriving from many other countries will be required to quarantine for 14 days. For dogs that require quarantine, they are required to fly into the Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports, not Durban International Airport. All dogs need to arrive as manifest cargo.

Find out more about the process to import pets to South Africa.

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Shandos Cleaver is the founder of Travelnuity: Dog-Friendly Travel. She has travelled extensively with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, including to 33 countries across Europe, every state and territory of Australia except Tasmania, and 10 of the United States. She’s passionate about providing inspiration and information to others wanting to travel with their dogs, whether close to home or internationally.

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28 thoughts on “What Countries Require Pet Quarantine?”

  1. Can you visit your dog while in quarantine?
    My dog was a rescue from a bad home, if I can’t visit him a few times a week I’m afraid he’ll be depressed and die of depression of lack of eating.

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  2. We are planning to to go Germany/ Italy ( 1 month) next year if the country is open for visitors.. I have a Maltese poo , weight 5 pounds .. Do they country will quantine my dogs.? Do you know if the plane allow her in the car in with me? Thanks for your reply

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  3. If I go to a country where my dog won’t be quarantined like the UK and stay for a week or two and then to Singapore will my dog still be quarantined?

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    • You will need to check the full details of the Singapore rules. Sometimes your dog needs to in the export country for a particular amount of time beforehand (e.g. 6 months for NZ), but I’m not sure with Singapore.

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  4. Want to know whether if I bring my Shiba inu to any European countries eg UK, Germany, etc from Singapore, does my dog need to be quarantined?

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    • Generally quarantine is not required. From
      Singapore, your dog likely only needs a microchip, rabies vaccine, health certificate and worming treatment for some countries. However most countries will warn that quarantine may be required if your dog arrives and hasn’t completed all the steps or is showing signs of illness.

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  5. I will bring my dog to the philippines for vacation and i just want to ask if i am residing in Italy and i just want to know upon arrival in the airport in the Philippines do they need to quarantine my dog. Hope not🙏

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  6. Hello, we are travelling to Seychelles from Turkey, and I read that our dog needs to be quarantined 180 days, do you have any information about this? Isn’t this period so long? Can we need to pay any money for this? Can they allow us to see our dog? If you know sth, pls help us 🙁

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  7. I’m in France, and I would like to go to Australia for one year. Do you think it is worth it to bring my dog with me?
    Twenty-two hours flight + quarantine, is it not too hard for dogs?

    Thanks

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    • It’s a hard decision to make for a year long trip. For a shorter trip (especially under 6 months), I’d say no. For a longer trip, I’d say probably yes. I recommend finding a pet transport company and getting a quote for what it would cost you, so you can also take the cost into consideration. It will also be expensive leaving Australia, by the most expensive component is getting a dog into the country. Also take into consideration the temperament of your dog and whether they are likely to be fine with the flight and quarantine.

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  8. Hi
    We are thinking of travelling as a family :2 adults, 3 kids, 1 small fur baby (dog) going through bali, Cambodia, Thailand etc. Basically indo/Asia…. If we have him vaxed and comply with paper etc. how stressful do you think it would be on both us and dog?
    Thanks for any help & advice.

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  9. Hi
    Does a dog have to stay in quarantine for 30 days if he is moving to Myanmar from South Africa? This is awfully long – we will be in Mandalay and he will be coming in through Yangon. They say approved quarantine – I wonder what this means?

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    • 30 days is not abnormally long. Until recently this was the duration required for Iceland, plus this is the current duration for dogs being imported to Australia who can’t pass the identification requirements. By approved, this means that there will be a list of government-approved facilities, it can’t just be “at home” quarantine.

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  10. It’s unbelievable to me that there isn’t a COMPLETE LIST of every country in existence’s quarantine policy ANYWHERE ON THE INTERNET. So lazy.

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    • Kelly – It’s best to investigate the specific quarantine policy of the country you intend to visit. Once you also include territories, there’s over 200 countries and territories that have their own unique pet importation policies. Often they are quite complex, with quarantine required for pets imported from some destinations but not from others, or it depends on other factors. Additionally, policies can change from year to year, many governments only publish the policy in their own language, and some governments don’t even publish it online. Perhaps you should put together such a list?

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