With the rise in relocation amidst the pandemic, more and more people are looking into vacationing with their pet overseas, and pet relocation expert, Melody Fork from Global Paws, shares some tips for pet owners to consider before booking your tickets.
Depending on which country you are choosing to travel to, the requirements are as follows:
1. Rabies Vaccine
Rabies vaccination is a legal requirement for all dogs in Hong Kong, and is directly linked to their dog license, so that AFCD can monitor and ensure all dogs are vaccinated. Hong Kong is classified as a rabies-controlled country which makes it easy to travel in and out of without the need to quarantine. The rabies vaccine can be done either with Global Paws' vet during home visits or directly at AFCD Animal Management Center - they have a few branches across Hong Kong - cheapest and quickest option, no need to make an appointment just turn up with your dog (you must be the owner) and license during their office hours.
AFCD AMD Locations, Opening hours: 09:00-13:00, 14:00- 16:30 (daily)
2. Annual vaccinations
Annual vaccinations are required by some but not mandatory for all countries. It is, however, recommended, as your pet will be in close quarters with other animals during the flight. This reduces the chances of your pet catching something during the flight.
Global Paws' can arrange a home visit by a vet to ensure all required vaccinations are up to date.
3. Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titre Test (RNATT)
The RNATT test shows if your pet has effective immunity (antibodies) against Rabies. This has to be done before departing Hong Kong, and is required to enter some countries (such as Hawaii, Japan, Singapore) as well as re-enter Hong Kong from Group II countries - this is to waive the 180 days residency requirement.
This can be time consuming as your pet may fail the first time around, which will require re-vaccination and a waiting period of 30 days before we can run another test to ensure the levels are reached. For some countries there is a waiting period of 3 to 6 months after the test before you can enter the country.
4. Import Permit
This is necessary for some countries and Global Paws can help you apply and arrange this for your pet.
5. Health Certificate
This is required for travel and a home visit can be arranged by Global Paws to see your pet at the comfort of your home to complete a pre-flight health check. The necessary export and import documentations will then be arranged for your pet.
Depending on the country you are planning to travel to, we recommend planning at least 8 months ahead of time. This allows time for repeating RNATT tests and any out of date vaccinations.
For more traveling advice and information from Global Paws, check back next week to find out thetop holiday destinations and transportation routes amongst Hong Kong dog owners
OR visit Global Paws' pop up event, PAWS-ON Pet Travel at Petisan on April 15th and 16th (between 13:00-17:00)
About Global Paws
Global Paws is a family-owned business that specialises in pet travel and relocation, with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of canine and feline husbandry. The company is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of your pets during travel or relocation. As a member of the International Pet & Animal Transport Association (IPATA) and a holder of The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations (LAR) certification, Global Paws has the expertise and knowledge to provide a personalised and stress-free travel experience for you and your furry family members.
To book a trip, visit their website here