Exporting a pet from Taiwan is relatively easy in comparison with other countries. Taiwan is Rabies-free, which helps a lot when bringing your animal into another country. Some countries are easier to bring pets into than others in that they require a quarantine period so it is best to do some research on your own in order to find out what the regulations are for the country you are bringing your animal into. This information is quite easy to find on the internet. Also, your travel agent should be able to help you in making the arrangements for your pet’s flight.
If you are leaving Taiwan PLEASE bring your pet with you. Pets become very attached to their families and being separated from them or, even worse, abandoned, can be a very traumatizing experience for a dog or a cat.
As mentioned before, exporting your pet from Taiwan is relatively easy. It takes some paperwork, some attention and some dedication, but done properly, it is painless.
If you have decided to leave Taiwan, when you know that you will be moving, you should first take your pet to your vet. Assuming you have about 2-5 months until you are moving, you should check in with your vet to make sure your pet’s vaccines are correct for export. To be correct, your pet must have had a rabies vaccine no sooner than 1 month prior to departure from Taiwan, but no later than 6 months from the date of departure.
Once the rabies vaccine has been taken care of, you will have to wait. No paperwork for export can be filed with the Taiwan government until less than 10 days from your departure time. In the meantime, you will need to buy a travel crate. Many of the major vets around Taipei sell the proper kennels used for airline traveling. Be sure when purchasing your crate that your pet has enough room to stand completely, and turn around. Airlines have strict rules about this and will not allow your pet on the plane if his or her crate is too small.
Also while waiting for the 10 days to do the paperwork, you can make sure your pet is reserved for their spot on the flight. The best situation for moving your pet is for s/he to travel on the same flight as you, as extra baggage. Virtually every major international carrier accepts pets in this manner, but it’s a good idea to book your pet’s reservation when you book your flight, because occasionally there are limits to how many pets can be allowed on a flight.
Ten days prior to your departure you will return to your veterinarian, who will examine your pet and issue a health certificate, stating your animal is in good health, and the date of its rabies inoculation. Once this is issued, your veterinarian may offer the service of taking the papers and your pet to the Taipei Bureau of Commodity Inspection and Trade. This is the easiest way of going, as your vet can get the paperwork finished and issued immediately. If your vet does not offer this service, you can do it yourself almost as easily. The office, located in downtown Taipei (your vet will give you the address) requires you to bring your passport, your pet and the health certificate. In the first office, you will fill out another form, which they will then type up. They will send you to an upstairs office, where the government veterinarian will examine your pet and issue the export papers. Once you have these yellow and green papers, your pet is cleared to leave Taiwan. This process is the same no matter how many pets you have and their sizes.
There are preparations that must be made for your pet as well. If you have an extremely nervous or hyperactive pet, you may want to consider getting some sedatives from your veterinarian for the flight. Also, put lots of towels or shredded newspapers down in their travel kennel, as accidents are imminent on the long flights. If you can locate one, a water bottle like the one used on rabbit cages is a great idea for making sure your pet has water on the flight. If you cannot find one, make sure that the bowls that come with your crate are attached to the door, as sometimes the airports will fill the bowls with water for your pet. Finally, make sure you attach the tag that came with your pet’s export papers to the cage.
At the airport, you will check in as you normally would. Regardless of how many bags you have, you will be required to pay for your pet’s travel fee. This ranges from airline to airline, but is about 3,000-8000NT per crate depending on the animal’s size. Your pet will then be taken as luggage, and that is the last you will see of him or her until you reach your destination.
If you are returning to Europe or other countries with quarantines, will have to check on what, if any, additional requirements must be made to get your dog into the country. If you are returning to the USA or Canada, there are no additional forms or worries needed. There is no quarantine for pets from Taiwan to enter these countries- you bring them through with you through customs, show the papers, and that’s it.
The above is a brief outline of the procedure of exporting your pet from Taiwan. If you have any questions, speak to your veterinarian. Most likely they have dealt with exporting pets to almost every country you can imagine, and can walk you through the process.
Taiwan rules and regulation for importing and exporting pets: http://www.taiwan.alloexpat.com/taiwan_information/pets_to_bring_into_taiwan.php
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