Importing or travelling with pets
Under the National Animal Health Program, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) establishes import requirements for all animals and animal products entering Canada-including domestic pets and non-traditional pets.
Non-traditional pets such as pigs, sheep, goats and poultry (including, but not limited to, ducks and pigeons) represent the same level of animal disease risk as farmed animals. These animals must therefore meet import conditions, including testing and quarantine, before entering Canada.
The CFIA can refuse entry to Canada to any animal presented for importation.
If you are planning to travel with an animal, please refer to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) for the import requirements or restrictions for your return to Canada. Please contact the nearest CFIA Animal Health District Office for additional information.
Requesting import permits online
If you've determined that you need a permit to import your pet, it can be requested through the Agency's online service portal, My CFIA. By signing up for a My CFIA account, you can submit a new service request, track the status of your application and pay for the service online.
If you do not have access to My CFIA, a completed application can also be faxed or mailed to CFIA, Centre of Administration (CoA).
Import and travel requirements
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
- Canadian animals returning to Canada
Find more information about import requirements related to these animals:
- Amphibians and reptiles
- Birds (from the United States). Contact CFIA's Animal Health District Office regarding import conditions.
- Birds (From countries other than the United States)
- Foxes, skunks, raccoons and ferrets
- Horses (from the United States)
- Rodents (guinea pigs, gerbils, mice, rats, chinchillas, hamsters, etc.)
- Scorpions, spiders and other organisms that do not require a permit to import
- Sheep and goats
If the animal you wish to import is not listed, please refer to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS), which provides information on import requirements for all commodities regulated by the CFIA.
Tips for traveling with your pet
- Guidance Document Repository
- Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)
- Video - Travelling with pets: What's the deal?
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