Relocating your family to Thailand
When you relocate to another country with your pets, you can face uncertainty and experience some emotional challenges. Choosing PetAir allows them to take on all of your worries (most of them at least) that you may have. The team understands that your pets are very much part of your family, and they will guide you through the entire process with their knowledge and relative ease. It’s important to understand that PetAir has an experienced team in Thailand who will be on hand every step of the way and take the worry out of travelling.
What is the process?
We firstly recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to ensure the smooth running of your relocation. Please start the process as soon as you have your relocation confirmed because it can take a few months. There can be unplanned setbacks or delays with vaccination requirements, animal illness or administration errors.
The rules and regulations surrounding pet importation are often changing. You can breathe easily with PetAir. They have fully trained experts that understand the importance of your pets and the ever-changing landscape. They will make sure that your pets meet the import requirements. Each pet must be fully vaccinated and be at least three months old.
Each pet must have a completed application form which can be downloaded and printed from the Thai government website. PetAir can complete this for you. The form is in English and Thai.
Although it is not illegal to own certain dogs in Thailand, it is prohibited by law to import the following breeds:
- American Staffordshire Terrier
- Pit Pull breeds including American Pit Bull Terrier, American Bully, American Bull Dog and Staffordshire Bull Terrier
It’s essential to ensure that your pets have all of the relevant vaccinations within the stipulated times. Each vaccination must be administered at least 21 days and no longer than one year before arrival into Thailand.
- Parvovirus (DHLPP)
- Canine Distemper
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
- Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
- Cat Flu
- Chlamydia Psittaci
Rabies Vaccine and Certificate
Cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies. Your vetinerary surgeon will provide you with a certificate that states the microchip number, the validity of the vaccination, and the date of inoculation. Rabies vaccines are valid for one, two or three years. The vaccine must be the inactivated variety. The vaccine must be administered between 30 days and 12 months before your pet’s flight into Thailand. You do not require a titer test.
The authorities will only identify your pets with a microchip, and the corresponding vet stamped pet passport. A microchip is an integrated identification circuit placed under the skin of your pet. The rice grain size chip uses passive radio-frequency identification technology. It must be implanted before the rabies vaccination is administered. The Thai government accepts microchips that comply with AVID 9 or AVID 10 and ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.
PetAir can provide you with the necessary import permit that is required to allow your pets into Thailand. Each of your pets will require this import permit from the Bangkok Animal Quarantine Station at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The team will provide you with the exact requirements for your country of origin. This permit is valid for up to 45 days from date of issue.
You will need an official health certificate that states the name, age, description and microchip identification number of each pet within 10-days of your flight. The microchip identification number is 15-digits long. Without this, the government could deny your pet entry into the country.
The Thai Department of Livestock Development states that the certificate must also include the following information before export:
- The animal has been examined and found to be healthy and free from any clinical sign of rabies and infectious or contagious diseases
- The animal has been vaccinated against rabies using an approved anti-rabies vaccine
- The vaccination history and health status of your pet
- That your pet is healthy enough for air travel
Make at least four copies of the certification and vaccination records for the following:
- Pet travel crate
- Transit permit (if necessary)
- One for you
Pets Travelling Alone
If you wish to import your pets into Thailand but are unable to travel with them, you will need to obtain an import permit in advance. You or PetAir will then return the completed form, together with the following paperwork:
- A copy of the shipper’s passport (ensure that this is clearly stated ‘shipper of pets’)
- A copy of the receiver’s passport. The receiver will collect the pets from Suvarnabhumi Airport (ensure that it is clearly stated ‘receiver of pets’)
- If for any reason, the receiver cannot collect the pets, then a letter of authorization will be required to appoint a representative
- Proof of vaccinations
- Address in country of export
- Address in Thailand where the pets will be living
- Flight times. The Airport recommendeds that animals arrive between 08.30 and 16.00 local time Monday to Friday to ensure that there is an official on duty.
- The import permit will take at least three business days to be processed
There are no restrictions on the number of pets imported, but the local Thai authorities might have local regulations about the number of pets that can be kept in residential premises.
You are required to obtain all of the necessary permits that will allow you to import your pets into Thailand. PetAir can also help you arrange the import permit on your behalf.
We hope that this reassures you, but should you need more specific advice, please let the helpful team at PetAir help, they are all delighted to help you.