Importing or Travelling with Domestic Dogs

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

Choose the import and travel requirements option that applies to your dog.

A. My dog is coming to Canada from a country Canada recognizes as rabies-free.

The United States of America and Mexico are not rabies-free.

List of recognized countries
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Cayman Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland (Republic of)
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin (Netherlands Antilles)
  • Saint Pierre et Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Uruguay

B. My dog is coming to Canada from any other country.

These requirements apply to dogs from the United States of America.

C. My dog is coming to Canada for commercial purposes.

These requirements apply to commercial dogs (dogs for sale, breeding, show or exhibition, scientific research, etc.). The requirements also apply to dogs rescued and destined for an animal welfare organization.