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More people, it seems, are bringing pets with
them when they come to live in the Philippines. For those who
wish to know more about this, please read on.
Here is the list of requirements from the
(San Francisco) Philippine Consulate General website regarding
importing pets into the Philippines, per The Philippines Bureau
of Animal Industry:
I am bringing a pet to the Philippines
and was told I need to obtain certain papers required by
Philippine Customs. What papers do I need to obtain? Do I
need to have these authenticated by the Consulate?
A. Obtain an Import Permit from
the Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry:
The Bureau of Animal Industry
Animal Health Division
Diliman, Quezon City 1100
The Import Permit must be presented
at the airport, upon the arrival of the pet.
B. Obtain a Health Certificate
for each pet, issued by a duly licensed veterinarian or
the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is dated
within 30 days before the date of arrival. The
Health Certificate should certify that the animal is
free from, and has not been recently exposed to, any
dangerous or communicable disease, and that it has been
given anti-rabies and other inoculations.
C. Bring or mail the papers to the
Consulate for authentication.
Failure to obtain
authenticated import permits and health certificates may
result in your pet being quarantined upon arrival in the
This document is only valid for sixty (60) days
from the date of issue. So, make sure
your date of entry is prior to the expiration
date on the permit.
Click here to download a
of the document: Philippines Animal Import Permit
This is the page
where the information is posted:
San Francisco Philippines Consulate
also submit your application via email, to the
Contact the Bureau of Animal industry at
If you wish, you may also register directly
Online application for importing dogs & cats
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