How to immigrate with your Pet from South Africa to China

Looking to immigrate to China with your pet? PETport can help you with the process and ensure your pet arrives safe and sound!



Any pet entering China must have an ISO 11784/11785-compliant microchip with a 15 digit number. If it is not ISO 11784/11785-compliant, you may bring your own scanner to read the microchip.
Your dog or cat should also have up to date vaccinations with the vaccine’s batch number, expiry date and manufacturer clearly stated on the vet card.

Dogs must be vaccinated against parvovirus and canine distemper, while cats need vaccines for peritonitis, feline distemper, and feline leucopenia.
While not required, we recommend having your pet vaccinated against kennel cough Bordetella (kennel cough) at least 14 days before traveling.

A Rabies vaccine is required for entry into China. It should be administered between a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of 1 year before traveling into China. You do not need a Rabies titer test for your pet but if you want to avoid quarantine, you will need one. The titer test must be analyzed in an approved lab recognized by the GACC (General Administration of Customs). The titer test must be administered on the same day or after the second Rabies vaccination and is valid for 1 year after it has been administered.


If you are traveling with your pet, you will not need an import permit. However, if your pet is not on the same flight as you, you will need this document.

A veterinary certificate is also required for entry into China and this must be completed, signed and stamped 14 days before your pet enters China. Any pets (apart from dogs, cats and ferrets) must also be accompanied by a CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) declaration stating that the animal is not endangered.


If your pet adheres to all the documentation requirements, is microchipped and has undergone a Rabies titer test, it will not need to be quarantined.


Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, it is quite a complex process to bring your pet to China from South Africa. However, PETport is well-versed in transporting pets safely throughout the world and we will assist you with every aspect of the process.

Your pet should be perfectly fine. Usually, it is the owner that is more nervous! Pets have a way of “hunkering down” in the animal carriers and if you can include the favorite blanket, this will help a lot. You can also use Calmeze tablets for dogs and Calmeze gel for cats and can administer this 1 hour before flying.

No, there is no quarantine, as long as you adhere to all the documentation requirements and your pet has a Rabies titer test.

It is actually cheaper than you think! The cost will depend on the size of your pet and your final destination within China. Contact us today for an accurate quote and get things moving!

You are permitted to bring only 1 pet into China with you per person.

Depending on what your final destination is, certain dog breeds are banned. 

The following dog breeds are banned in Beijing:

Weimaraner, Dalmatian, Great Dane, Bouvier des Flandres, Old English sheepdog, Newfoundland Sled dog, Mastiff, Australian shepherd, Bedlington terrier, Bearded collie, German pinscher, Caucasian Shepherd, German shepherd, Greyhound, Borzo, St. Bernard, Kerry blue terrier, Rottweiler, Bloodhound, Great Pyrenees, British bulldog, Bernese mountain dog, Setters, Afghan hound, Japanese akita, Foxhound , Irish wolfhound, Saluki, Borzoi, Basenji, Belgian shepherd, Scottish shepherd, Chow chow, Keeshond, Bull terrier, Chengdu

The following dog breeds are banned in Chengdu:

Dog de Bordeauz, Mastiff, Cane Corso, Chinese Dog, Pit Bull Terriers including American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Irish Wolfhound, Dogo Argentino, Akita , German Shepherd , Chinese Chongqing, Newfoundland , Central Asian Shepherd dog, Great Dane, Fila Brasileiro, Kumming Wolfdog, Shangai

The following dog breeds (and their mixes) are not allowed in Shangai:

Pyrenean Mastiff (Pyrenean Mastiff), German Shepherd, Mastiff, China Dog, Beauceron Wolfdog, Rottweiler, Tibetan Mastiff, Neopolitan Mastiff, Danish Broholmer, Old English Bulldog, Spanish Mastiff, Bordeaux Mastiff , French Mastiff , Bull Mastiff , Caucasian dogs , Brazil Rockefeller , Kunming wolfdog, English Bulldog, American Bulldog, Japanese Tosa, Bull Terrier, Doberman

Working with PETport, documentation is one less thing you need to worry about as we take care of everything for you and will let you know what exactly what you need to do!

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