Bringing Pet – Cats and Dogs – to Canada from US and Other Countries

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Pets are not part of the prohibited items you can bring in to Canada. Bringing pets -Cats and dogs- into Canada are subject to the following conditions.

Cats may enter Canada if they are accompanied by rabies certification. This means they must have a

  1. a rabies vaccination certificate; OR
  2. a veterinary certificate declaring that the cat originates from a country recognized by Canada as being rabies-free.

The United States of America and Mexico are no considered rabies-free

The Following Countries Canadian Government Considered Rabies Free:

Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Finland, Iceland, Ireland (Republic of), Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (Netherlands Antilles), Saint Pierre et Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Uruguay

To Import Your Cat or Dog You Need Certification

The required veterinary certificate must be from government veterinary agency or other government agency that manages a country’s animal health and welfare situation. The agency must be responsible for the certification of pet and other animals for the international related matter.

The document can be either:

  • a letter issued from the recognized government authority’s letterhead, stamped, well dated, and signed by an official of the government authority or agency in the country of origin; or
  • a letter by the recognized veterinarian who issued the certificate. A letter of certificate which must be approved by the competent government authority.

If a cat does not meet the import requirements for rabies certification, owners will be required, at their own expense to:

  • have the animal -the pet to be imported- vaccinated against rabies within a specified period of time and
  • make available the vaccination record to a Canadian Food Inspection Agency office if demanded.

Note: Cats less than three months of age are exempt from the import requirements.


Importation Of Dogs To Canada

Dogs you are willing to  imported into Canada will have a documentary inspection by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Sometime it may require Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to inspect the animal and an inception fee will be paid by you. The fee must be paid at the time of inspection.

The current fees are:

  • $30.00 + tax for the first animal in the shipment; and
  • $5.00 + tax for each additional animal in the shipment.

Failure of your dog to meet the require importation standard, the animal will have to undergo vaccination against rabies in Canada, and a fee is paid by you.

Contact Canada Border Services Agency for more information

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