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Bringing Pets to the Philippines

Effective 01 June 2018, the Bureau of Animal Industry of the Philippines will be requiring all pet cats and dogs to be provided a radio-frequency identification (RFID) /microchip as mandatory requirement for entry into the Philippines. Dogs and cats imported without the required identification and requirements will be declined entry and returned to its origin. All costs incurred will be shouldered by the importer.

In addition, all pet health certificates should be issued ten (10) days before entry to the Philippines, instead of the previously allowed 30 days.


  • Import permit issued by the Philippines’ Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI)
  • Canadian Health Certificate issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or CFIA-accredited veterinarian; and
  • Mandatory identification of pet dog or cat with ISO compliant microchip/ RFID (radio-frequency identification).

Please note that the above requirements must be presented at the Philippine airport upon arrival of the pet. Failure to present the requirements may result in pet/s being quarantined upon arrival.


To obtain an import permit from the Philippines’ Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI):

  1. BAI – Pet Animals Importation Importer Registration.Click Here
  2. Guide to obtain a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) clearance.Click Here
  3. For the updated Vaccination Records, the following will be needed:
    1. DOGS: rabies vaccination and vaccination against distemper, leptospirosis, parvovirus, adenovirus type 2
    2. CATS: rabies vaccination and vaccination against herpes, calicivirus, panleukopenia and feline leukemia

To obtain health certificate from CFIA or CFIA-accredited veterinarian