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Travelling with your cat: import rules

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Please note that:

  • Domestic cats entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.
  • Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for pet cats.
  • Cats do not require a health certificate or import permit.

These requirements apply to:

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

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

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

List of recognized countries

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

C. My cat is a non-domestic cat.

Different import requirements apply to non-domestic cats. Please refer to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) for more information.

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