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Which Animal We Can Import Outside India 


    For imported purposes, no other animals other than cats and dogs are considered pets. Other animals and species including birds, reptiles, mammals, etc. They can only be imported by air, as long as the importer of DGFT-licensed goods including the import code. Animals proposed to be imported into India should not have been endangered by the Government.


Pets Allowed into India 



    Importation of pets (dog and cat only) up to two numbers per passenger is permitted simultaneously subject to the production of the required health certificate from the country of origin and veterinary inspection by a designated segregation officer in India. In the event that a person needs to import more than two pets at a time, he or she must obtain an import permit issued by the Department of Animal Husbandry and / or have an import license issued by the DGFT (Director-General of Foreign Trade).

    In addition, in April, 2013, the Government of India amended its policy of importing two pets by passengers. Therefore, it was decided to allow the importation of two pets as a burden only on the people who transfer their residence to India after two years of permanent residency abroad in accordance with the Baggage Ru 1998 rules on the issuance of the required health certificate in their country


Before arriving in India with a pet from outside India, ensure that you have completed the steps below 


1) Health of Dog Or Cat –

    Make sure your dog is healthy and does not show clinical signs of any disease including rabies, canine distemper, parvo virus infection, leptospirosis, canine hepatitis, scabies and leishmaniasis etc.

    In the event of cats, make sure the cat does not show clinical signs of any disease including rabies, feline enteritis, feline pan leukopenia, leptospirosis, distemper, scabies, aujeszky’s disease, toxoplasmosis etc.


2) Vaccination of your Pet –



    Make sure the dog or cat is vaccinated against rabies (in the case of more than three months of age), canine distemper, parvo virus infection, leptospirosis etc. within the time limit recommended by the vaccine manufacturer licensed and approved by the exporting country. Keep a record of all the terms provided for verification.


3) Obtain Certificate of Veterinary Inspection –

    Obtain a veterinary inspection certificate from the country of origin. An animal veterinary certificate, or CVI, is a form that is completed by a licensed veterinarian and used to verify the normal health of the animal. It can also be called a health certificate. A sample Animal Veterinary Certificate is also produced below for use:


Imports can be carried out by using any of the methodologies described below

1) Accompanied Cargo –

    Cargo accompanied by a system where the owner accompanies the animal during the trip, and the dog / cat is kept as ‘excess baggage, checked or accompanied’. As mentioned earlier, the details of an animal’s movements are one of the many documents needed for travel. So in this case, the pet owner must have a ticket for the trip. Must be backed up with a copy of a Visa or other documents to establish a permanent residence abroad for a period of two years with proof of transfer of residence to India.


2) Manifest Cargo –

    Manifest cargo is a system in which the importation of an animal is done using aircraft goods. If the animal is transported in this way, the documents must include a copy of the owner / keeper’s passport, a copy of the owner / keeper’s e-ticket and a copy of the air way bill.



Clearing Pets After Landing in India

    Pets must be admitted to any of the following designated airports –

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Bangalore
  • Chennai
  • Hyderabad
  • Kolkata



    Pets may be imported by the owner or otherwise within 30 days of his or her first arrival stamp as indicated on the passport after issuing a valid work / worker’s / dependent / dependent visa. Upon arrival, the animal will be subjected to a medical examination required by the Quarantine Officer.

    The Quarantine Officer will inspect the dog or cat’s health, verify the animal’s certificate and animal vaccination records. If the dog or cat is free / free of clinical illness and the documents include the veterinary certificate / vaccination records obtained in sequence, animals imported as pets under the corresponding or non-accompanying load will be set aside for fifteen days. If an animal is diagnosed with any signs of clinical illness during isolation, the isolation period can be extended depending on the disease and its severity.




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