India Pet Passport & Import Regulations
India will permit up to two dogs and cats per person to enter the country with their owners without a license if their owners are traveling with a transfer of residency to India for a minimum of one year OR they have lived out of India for two continuous years. Any short visits in the past 2 years should not have exceeded 180 days. Other pet owners looking to visit India on a tourist visa are not currently permitted to bring their pet to India. If residents of India are importing a cat or dog (such as a puppy or kitten from a breeder in another country), then a license to import from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and quarantine is required. Dogs are not permitted to enter India for breeding or commercial purposes.
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 9.
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.
For cats or dogs entering India imported due to a change in ownership or for various other animals, a license to Import issued by DGFT 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, a spouse 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 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, parvo virus infection, leptospirosis, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Scabies and Leishmaniasis.
Blood titer tests are not required to enter India from any country.
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 transfer of residence is required as is a contract of employment, appointment letter.or company identification.
All pets arriving in India unaccompanied for the purpose of transfer of ownership or sale (not for owners entering India for the purpose of transfer of residence), must serve 30 days of quarantine in an approved facility after import. A DGFT license will be required for these transports. Dogs are not permitted to enter India for breeding or commercial purposes.
Your pet must enter India either 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: 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 5:00AM 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.
India does not publish a list of banned breeds.
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.
Only dogs and cats are considered as pets for purposes of import to India. Birds, 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.
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.