Pet Import Regulations in India
Pet Import Regulations in India
Import of pets such as dogs, cats, and birds into India are governed by stringent health certificate regulations.
Only two pets (dogs and cats only) per passenger are allowed at a time subject to
  • The production of the required health certificate from the country of origin, AND
  • Examination of the said pets by the concerned quarantine officer.
Imports of pets above this quantity shall be allowed only on the production of
  • An Import sanitary permit issued by the department of animal husbandry and dairying, OR
  • An import licence issued by the DGFT.
The following health certificates need to be produced before the customs authorities for clearance of pets :
  • A health certificate from a veterinary officer, authorised to issue a valid certificate by the Government, in the country of origin stating that the dog imported is free from Aujossky's disease, Distemper, Rabies, Leishmaoiasis, and Leptospirosis. In the case of a cat, the certificate must state that it is free from Rabies and Distemper.
  • In the case of import of dogs and cats originating from countries where Rabies infection is known to exist, a health certificate containing a record of vaccination, vaccine used, brew of the vaccine, and the name of the production laboratory stating that the dog/cat was vaccinated against Rabies more than one month, but within 12 months prior to actual embarkation with nervous tissue vaccine or within 36 months with chicken embryo, both the vaccines having previously passed satisfactory potency tests.
  • In the case of parrots, a certificate, stating that the parrots were subjected to a compliment fixation test for psittaposis with negative results within 30 days prior to actual embarkation.
Other Requirements 

Every pet shall be identified with the help of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used must comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. If the microchip does not meet this standard, the pet will have to be sent with its own scanner attached to the top of the crate. 
Also, all pets must have an original Rabies Certificate which must state the microchip number, the date of immunization, and the validity of the vaccination. This vaccine must be an inactivated vaccine. 
Please contact us for more detailed information and counselling regarding safe pet transfer prior to shipping.
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