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Bringing Pets into Macau

If you are coming from a rabies free country or a country with a low incidence of rabies, your dog or cat will not be quarantined when you arrive. Keep in mind that it takes over three months to get all the endorsements necessary, so plan ahead.

Pets are required to have an import permit and must be accompanied by a Veterinary Health Certificate issued and signed by the appropriate government veterinary authority of the exporting country. Cats and dogs must also be vaccinated against rabies, but not less than 14 days and not more than one year prior to arrival in Macau. Your dog or cat must be at least three months old before being vaccinated. If your animal has been vaccinated before it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again.

Macau does require an ISO pet microchip. This is a 15 digit non-encrypted pet microchip and may be different than the microchips commonly available in the US and Canada. If your pet has a non-ISO microchip, then you need to carry your own microchip scanner. If the microchip cannot be read, then the pet will not be allowed to enter Macau as this country no longer accepts tattoos.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet may be refused entry and the relevant authority in consultation with an authorised veterinarian can decide to return the pet home, or place the pet in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet, or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be arranged.

All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibian, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of Macau.





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