Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs

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Please note that:

  • Domestic (pet) dogs entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.
  • Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for dogs imported as personal pets. However, dogs under 8 months of age imported under the commercial category (dogs for retail sale, breeding purposes, show or exhibition, scientific research, dogs in 'special training status', and dogs destined for adoption and/or animal welfare organization) must be identified by an electronic microchip.
  • The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) may refer any animal presented at the border for secondary inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Expect delays.
Advance notice of arrival may be required

Some animals may require inspection by the CFIA at ports of entry into Canada. A CFIA inspector is not on duty at all times at ports of entry and may be called when required. Importers should use the Automated Import Reference System tool to determine if a CFIA inspection is required. If a CFIA inspection is required, importers should make these arrangements in advance of their arrival by contacting the CFIA District Office closest to their first point of entry into Canada to schedule the inspection. It is the responsibility of the importer to contact the CFIA in advance of travel to ensure that the inspection can be carried out without delays.

Air Transport

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.

Necessary Vaccines

Dogs imported into Canada must have all necessary vaccines depending on the age of dog. A dog that is less than 3 months of age at the time of import does not require rabies vaccination. However, proof of a dog's age must be provided on request.

Inspection fees, taxes and duties

Dogs imported into Canada will have a documentary inspection by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to ensure the animal's rabies vaccination is current and the animal description matches. The CBSA will also visually inspect the animal to ensure that there are no visible signs of illness. The CBSA may contact the CFIA when veterinary guidance or expertise is needed.

The current fees for this inspection 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 requirement for rabies certification (even if the animal is being imported from the United States), the animal will be ordered to undergo vaccination against rabies at the owner's expense 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 CBSA.

As indicated above, in certain cases, a shipment will need to be inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Additional fees for the cost of the CFIA inspection will apply.

All fees must be paid at the time of inspection. Please note that domestic dogs originating from the United States are subject to an import inspection but are exempt from inspection fees.

Pet Food

Personal imports of pet food from the United States are allowed under specific conditions.

Personal imports of pet food from other countries are prohibited.

Questions?

This tool is for information only. If you have questions about importing an animal into Canada, please contact a CFIA area or regional office.

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

Age of dog upon arrival: (required)
Assistive

Select this category if you are importing a service dog.

Commercial

Select this category if you are importing a dog for sale, adoption, breeding, show or exhibition, scientific research, etc.

If you are bringing a dog into Canada on behalf of an animal welfare organization, please select "commercial". Rescue dogs destined for adoption are also considered "commercial" for import purposes.

Personal

Select this category if you are importing a pet.

Accompanied by owner: (required)

Additional Information

Advance notice of arrival may be required

Some animals may require inspection by the CFIA at ports of entry into Canada. A CFIA inspector is not on duty at all times at ports of entry and may be called when required. Importers should use the Automated Import Reference System tool to determine if a CFIA inspection is required. If a CFIA inspection is required, importers should make these arrangements in advance of their arrival by contacting the CFIA District Office closest to their first point of entry into Canada to schedule the inspection. It is the responsibility of the importer to contact the CFIA in advance of travel to ensure that the inspection can be carried out without delays.

Air Transport

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 are 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. Please note that domestic dogs originating from the United States are subject to an import inspection but are exempt from inspection fees.

Microchip or tattoo may be required

Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for dogs imported as personal pets, however, dogs under 8 months of age imported under the commercial category must be identified by an electronic microchip.

Pet Food

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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