Countries to avoid with your dog

In the world, few countries categorically refuse to import dogs, but many have very restrictive entry conditions, such as quarantine. In these cases, if it’s not impossible to go on a trip with your four-legged friend, it’s still difficult, especially for a short stay. 

In Europe

  • Iceland prohibits imported animals, except with exceptional authorization from the veterinary services and with the establishment of a quarantine of two months. As for formalities, the dog must be more than seven months old with an anti-rabies vaccination that is more than 120 days old but less than one year old, an anti-rabies test is done at least 30 days after vaccination and at least three months before departure. A negative fecal test with Salmonella for more than 30 days must be provided, as well as a blood test for Brucellosis. A parasite treatment should be taken more than 10 days before departure and your dog should also receive a CHCP vaccine one month before departure.

In Asia

  • In Bali, the importation of pets is completely prohibited because of rabies, which is very present. It’s also not recommended to approach stray dogs that you could cross. This ban is also valid for Sumatra, Surabaya, Papua, Palembay and West Kalimantan. On the rest of Indonesia, the arrival of dogs remains complicated. You must apply for a permit one month in advance from the Ministry of Agriculture of Jakarta and go through a quarantine that can last from 5 to 14 days.
  • In Cambodia, you don’t have much to do to enter, except the formalities of use. You don’t even need an anti-rabies titration to get there, but you’ll need it to get into France! Cambodia is one of the third countries with an unfavorable situation with regard to rabies. To avoid any problems when returning from your trip, you must have had a serum titration of anti-rabies antibodies done by an accredited laboratory on a blood sample taken at least 30 days after vaccination and at least three months before your trip. The result must be greater than or equal to 0.5Ul / ml of blood. You must also have a health certificate issued by an official veterinarian of the country of origin, namely France in this specific case. In the Republic of Korea, the situation is the same, as in Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • China allows only one animal per family. He must fulfill all the formal formalities (put the link), but also a health certificate, a forty-seven days and an anti-rabies titration to return to France.
  • In India, you can only come with your dog if you are staying in the country for at least two years. Two pets are allowed per person. So you need a certificate from your Indian employer proving that you stay in the country for two years, as well as a letter of import application and a certificate of good health.
  • In Iran entry formalities are relatively traditional, however Iranians are known to have a rather bad relationship with dogs. They would be considered impure in Islam: they should not be touched or domesticated.
  • In Japan, in addition to identification, vaccines and anti-rabies titration, you must send a 40-day minimum import declaration with your arrival. If the documents are improperly filled, this can lead to quarantine of the animal for 180 days!
  • In Singapore, you must apply for import and your doggie must spend at least ten days in quarantine, forty you must book at least two months before your departure.

In Oceania

  • To go to Australia, the flight is very long, which can be very painful for the dog. In addition, an import permit issued by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service must be issued and a quarantine of 10 days carried out.
  • In New Caledonia, about 40 days is in force. Just like Australia, travel time is long. You must also have an import permit, a health certificate and your dog must be treated against internal and external parasites twice, two weeks apart, one month before departure.
  • New Zealand applies the same formalities, but also refuses certain breeds of dogs on its territory: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa, Perro de Presa Canario and American Pit Bull Terrier type dogs. And since October 22, 2017, dogs traveling abroad to New Zealand can no longer transit through Wellington, but be transferred to Auckland or Christchurch for quarantine.

In Africa

  • To go to Mauritius, your dog must first go through forty days and have resided in France before for at least 6 months. You must also pay a fee.
  • In South Africa, an anti-rabies titration must be done so that your four-legged friend can go home. This is also the case in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, in Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Tanzania, Chad, Togo and Tunisia.

In America

  • In the Bahamas, you need to think about anti-rabies titration to return to France, as well as in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and the Dominican Republic.
  • In Hawaii and the Guam territory, forty days can be imposed on dogs.

Few countries categorically refuse dogs. However, some have put in place formalities that make the stay complicated. If you plan to visit these states anyway, call the embassy in advance and make an appointment with your veterinarian to do all the steps.