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Importing or Travelling with Domestic Cats - Three months of age or older from countries recognized by Canada as being rabies-free

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Please note that:

  • Domestic cats entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.
  • Cats do not require a health certificate or import permit.
  • Canada does not require a waiting period between the time the animal is vaccinated for rabies and the time the animal is imported into Canada.

These requirements apply to:

In addition, these requirements apply to:

Important:

Check that these are the correct requirements for your cat (other requirements).

Certification Requirements

Cats may enter Canada if they are accompanied by rabies certification. This means they must have a

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

List of recognized countries

Rabies Vaccination Certificate

The rabies vaccination certificate must:

The European Union pet passport is an acceptable alternative to the rabies vaccination certificate as long as all the required elements are included.

Veterinary Certificate

The veterinary certificate must:

A competent government authority refers to a veterinary agency or other government agency that manages a country's animal health and welfare situation, as well as handles the responsibility of veterinary certification for the purposes of international trade. The document can be either:

Animals That Are Not Certified

If a cat does not meet the import requirements for rabies certification, owners will be required, at their own expense, to:

Additional Information

Advance notice of arrival is not required

There is an inspector on duty at all times at points of entry into Canada.

Air Transport

Cats 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

Cats 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 is no visible signs of illness. In certain cases, dogs and cats 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:

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:

Any applicable taxes or duties are calculated by the Canada Border Services Agency.

Microchip or tattoo is not required

Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for pet cats.

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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