Bringing pets to Thailand

Bringing pets to Thailand

Many people visit Phuket for vacation or stay longer, but often wonder how to bring their pets to this tropical island. At first glance, the procedure may seem quite complex with an extensive list of requirements, but upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that the requirements are standard for most countries. These requirements include vaccination, a veterinary passport, and chip information. With proper preparation of all the necessary documents, your pet can enjoy the beautiful Thai sunsets with you on Thai soil!


To avoid any delays, we recommend starting the document preparation process one and a half to two months before your departure date. This will allow time for any waiting periods for documents, weekends, holidays, testing, and obtaining missing certificates.


Step 1: Obtain Permission to Bring Your Pet

To bring your pet into Thailand, you need to obtain permission from the s. Within 60 days, but no later than 7 days before departure, send an email to for Phuket or for Bangkok. In the subject line of the email, indicate "Request an Import Permit." Provide the following information in the body of the email: the applicant's full name, the pet's characteristics (breed, gender, age, chip information), the address in the country of residence, and the address in Thailand, the date, time, and airport of arrival in Thailand, the airport of departure in the country of residence, and the mode of transportation (hand luggage or cargo hold).




Attach the following documents to the email:

  1. Completed Form R1/1 from the veterinary control service, which is required for the import/export of a pet to/from Thailand. Click to download the form. The form mostly duplicates the information from the email (name, date, airport, etc.).
  2. A copy of the accompanying person's passport.
  3. A color photo of the pet.
  4. Travel itinerary: date and airport of arrival, flight number, place of residence in the country of departure and arrival.
  5. International veterinary passport in English with all the pet's information, as well as information about vaccines, certified by a veterinarian and administered no later than 21 days before departure.

Within 3-7 days, you will receive an email with the required import permit if everything is in order. In case of missing information, the veterinary station staff will send you the necessary documents and information to provide.


We recommend preparing copies of all the aforementioned documents in two copies before departure. In addition, the following documents must be present:

-Original passport of the accompanying person

-Original veterinary passport

-Original veterinary certificate in English


Requirements for importing cats and dogs into the Kingdom of Thailand

(link to official document)


  1. The presence of an international veterinary certificate on the pet's health status in English, which must indicate:
  2. 1.1 The quantity and type of the pet;
  3. 1.2 Breed, gender, age, color, or chip information;
  4. 1.3 Name and address of the owner or pet store.
  5. 1.4 Confirmation of the following conditions:
  6. -In the country of export, animal diseases are under control. Pets are healthy, with no signs of any infectious or contagious diseases, including ectoparasitic infestation at the time of export, and the pet is able to travel.
  7. -In the country of export, there have been no cases of rabies within 12 months, or pets have been vaccinated against rabies with an officially registered vaccine at least 21 days before departure.
  8. The carrier must be safe for the pet's paws and nose to avoid any kind of injury or discomfort.
  9. In the absence of a valid leptospirosis vaccination in dogs, testing must be conducted within 30 days before departure.
  10. The pet must be vaccinated against major infectious and contagious diseases, such as rabies, plague, hepatitis, and parvovirus, with an officially registered vaccine at least 21 days before departure.
  11. Any contact of the transported animal with other animals while in the transit border zone is prohibited. The transit zone cannot be left, except for visiting a special quarantine zone.
  12. The pet may be placed in quarantine for at least 30 days upon arrival for testing/treatment if necessary. All expenses are the responsibility of the owner/accompanying person of the pet.
  13. Violation of the animal import procedure may result in the deportation of the animal to the country of export or destruction without refund.

Prohibited dog breeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier.


Stage 2. Preparation in the country of departure and obtaining a veterinary certificate

Choosing an airline and its loyalty towards traveling with a pet is paramount. Usually, if the weight of the pet does not exceed 8 kg and the size of the carrier complies with the airline's standard rules and fits easily under the seat, then the pet can be taken with you in carry-on luggage. Or the pet can be sent in the cargo hold if the transportation standards exceed the conditions. Each airline has its own requirements, so it is essential to contact the airline in advance to clarify all details.


In addition it is necessary to obtain veterinary certificate, which is issued at a state veterinary clinic.


Stage 3. Arrival in Thailand

Upon arrival, it is necessary to go to the veterinary service at the airport. You can ask the airport staff where the Animal Quarantine Station is located.


Phuket Airport. Animal Quarantine Station
Office Tel. 66-7635-1514 / Fax. 66-7632-7093 (8.30-16.30)


Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok).

For pets on hand: Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) office in the arrival hall near baggage claim #8. Telephone. +(662) 134 0636 (24/7).


For pets in the cargo hold: Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) office on the 1st floor of CE-1 building, Duty Free zone. T. +(662) 134 0731. (Mon-Fri 8.30-12.00; 13.00-16.30)


At the Animal Quarantine Station (AQS) office at the airport, confirmation (Form R-6) and a license for import (Form R-7) are issued, and a tax of 500 baht per pet is paid, with a receipt provided.


Welcome, your pet can breathe in the sea-tropical air and run around on the green lawn as an excellent start to the journey in a new direction :)


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