Pet Regulations in India- Travelling abroad or coming back home

If you are a citizen of India wishing to travel with your pet to the country, you must have been abroad for more than two years and any short visits in India must not exceed more than 180 days during this time.

If you are a foreign national of Indian origin, you must have an OCI or PIO Card to import your pet to India.

Other Indian citizens looking to visit India on a short visa can obtain a DGFT license to bring their pet to India as long as their pet departs with them.

If you are a foreign national not of Indian origin, you must be relocating to India to work or live for a minimum of one year to import your pet.

Unaccompanied dogs and cats cannot be imported to India unless associated with their owner who is transferring residency to India. Dogs are not permitted to enter India for breeding or commercial purposes.

Pet Microchip

To enter India, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet’s microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner

Import Permit

For cats or dogs entering India for the purposes of a change in ownership or on a tourist visa, a license to Import issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade in India is required. For cats or dogs entering India due to a change in ownership, 30 days of quarantine in an approved quarantine facility in the originating country is required.

All pets entering into India with their owners must be issued a NO OBJECTION CERTIFICATE (NOC) from the Animal Quarantine Station in India whether accompanied or unaccompanied, prior to entering India. The NOC must be applied for in person by the owner, owner’s representative or an agent.


Your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entry. The 3-year rabies vaccination is not widely recognized. Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, and Parainfluenza for dogs and FVRCP including Feline Enteritis and Feline Pan Leukopenia for cats.

Dogs must show no signs of any clinical sign of any disease including rabies, canine distemper, parvovirus infection, leptospirosis, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Scabies, and Leishmaniasis.

Rabies Titer Test

Rabies titer tests are not required to enter India from any country.

Health Certificate & Other Forms

No more than 10 days prior to travel, a USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Veterinary Certificate for India for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms. All documents should be in English.

A declaration endorsed by a Notary Public attesting to the transfer of residence is required as is a contract of employment, appointment letter or company identification.

Commercial Shipments

Pets being imported to India must be associated with their owner’s transfer of residency to the country. Dogs are not permitted to enter India for breeding or commercial purposes.

Entering India by Air

Your pet can enter India in the cabin, as checked baggage (accompanied cats or dogs) or air cargo (unaccompanied cats and other animals). They must arrive at the international airports in the following cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad or Kolkata. Pets must arrive within 30 days of their owners.

All dogs and cats must arrive within 30 days of their owner’s first immigration stamp as displayed on their passport after issued a proper work or spouse/dependent visa. If traveling unaccompanied, they must enter between 7 and 14 days after their owner. The owner’s original passport will be required and held until your pet clears customs.

Pets should arrive between the hours of 5:00 AM and noon on Monday through Friday. It is not advisable to present your pet outside of these hours.

All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to India. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Puppies and Kittens

Unvaccinated puppies or kittens are not permitted for import to India. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 3 months of age and wait for 30 days before entering India.

Banned Breeds

India does not publish a list of banned breeds.

Exporting Pets

Within 7 days of export, dogs and cats will need a health certificate from their vet as well as an Animal Health Certificate from the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service as well as all documentation required for their destination country.

Other Animals

Only dogs and cats are considered as pets for purposes of import to India. Invertebrates, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits may be imported to India as air cargo with a DGFT license as long as they are not classified as endangered under CITES. (see step 8 for search) If your pet is covered by CITES regulations, then it is subject to 30 days of quarantine in the originating country and will be subject to 30 days of quarantine in India. Currently, birds are not permitted for import due to Avian Influenza.

Not a dog or cat

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations…


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