Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs
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Please note that:
- These requirements apply to pet dogs or those described as personal importations.
- Domestic dogs entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.
- Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for pet dogs.
These requirements apply to:
- animals entering Canada permanently
- animals in transit through Canada on their way to a final destination
- animals entering Canada for a temporary visit
Requirements for Dogs Coming Into Canada
Advance notice of arrival is not required
There is an inspector on duty at all times at points of entry into Canada.
Dogs may require additional documentation when flying. Please check with your airline to determine whether you meet its requirements.
You should be aware of the companion animal container guidelines issued by the International Air Transport Association.
Inspection fees, taxes and duties
Dogs imported into Canada will have a documentary inspection by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to ensure the vaccination is current and the animal description matches. During this visual inspection, CBSA ensures that there is no visible signs of illness. In certain cases, dogs imported will require a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspection for which CFIA inspection fees apply. The fee must be paid at the time of inspection.
The current fees are:
- $30.00 + tax for the first animal in the shipment; and
- $5.00 + tax for each additional animal in the shipment.
If the shipment does not meet Canada's import requirements (even if the animal is being imported from the United States), the animal will be ordered to undergo vaccination against rabies within two weeks of its arrival, and the following fees apply:
- $55.00 + tax for the first animal in the shipment; and
- $30.00 + tax for each additional animal.
Any applicable taxes or duties are calculated by the Canada Border Services Agency.
Microchip or tattoo is not required
Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for pet dogs.
Personal imports of pet food from the United States are allowed under specific conditions.
Personal imports of pet food from other countries are prohibited.
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