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More people, it seems, are bringing pets with them when they come to live in the Philippines. For those who wish to know more about this, please read on.


Here is the list of requirements from the (San Francisco) Philippine Consulate General website regarding importing pets into the Philippines, per The Philippines Bureau of Animal Industry:


I am bringing a pet to the Philippines and was told I need to obtain certain papers required by Philippine Customs. What papers do I need to obtain? Do I need to have these authenticated by the Consulate?

A. Obtain an Import Permit from the Director of the Bureau of Animal Industry:

The Bureau of Animal Industry

Animal Health Division

Visayas Avenue

Diliman, Quezon City 1100


Telephone: +63-2-920-0816

Tele-Fax: +63-2-920-0815

The Import Permit must be presented at the airport, upon the arrival of the pet.


B. Obtain a Health Certificate for each pet, issued by a duly licensed veterinarian or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is dated within 30 days before the date of arrival. The Health Certificate should certify that the animal is free from, and has not been recently exposed to, any dangerous or communicable disease, and that it has been given anti-rabies and other inoculations.


C. Bring or mail the papers to the Consulate for authentication.

Failure to obtain authenticated import permits and health certificates may result in your pet being quarantined upon arrival in the Philippines.


Again: This document is only valid for sixty (60) days from the date of issue. So, make sure your date of entry is prior to the expiration date on the permit.

Click here to download a PDF sample of the document: Philippines Animal Import Permit


This is the page where the information is posted: San Francisco Philippines Consulate


You may also submit your application via email, to the Department of Agriculture.


Contact the Bureau of Animal industry at their email address.


If you wish, you may also register directly online: Online application for importing dogs & cats




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