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Import rules when travelling with pets

All animals entering Canada must meet import requirements including domestic and non-traditional pets. Import conditions can include testing and quarantine, before entering Canada.

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 and must therefore meet the same import conditions.

CFIA can refuse entry to Canada to any animal presented for importation.

Pet import and travel 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

Learn about import requirements related to these animals:

If the animal you wish to import is not listed, please refer to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS).

Tips for travelling with your pet

Request an import permit

If you need a permit to import your pet, request it online through the My CFIA.

For further information please visit the Centre of Administration (CoA).

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