A dog passport is essentially a pack containing all of the documents required to export your dog from Thailand.
Thailand doesn’t have an official ‘pet passport’ so to speak, however, there are specific requirements and documents that you will need.
You will NEED the following to export your dog from Thailand:
- Dog Microchip
- Rabies Vaccination for your dog
- Vet Certificate
- Export License
Additionally, your dog MAY require the following, depending on where you are travelling to:
- Rabies Titer Blood Test
- Additional Vaccinations & Treatments
There are specific rules when it comes to these requirements, so we’ll go into a little more detail below.
Get Your Dog Mircochipped
The first stage of obtaining a dog passport in Thailand is getting your pooch microchipped.
This is COMPULSORY. Dogs cannot be exported from Thailand until they have been microchipped.
A microchip is a small chip around the size of a grain of rice. It holds a number unique to your dog which can be detected by a microchip scanner. It is inserted just under your dog’s skin between his/her shoulder blades.
You MUST microchip before (or at the same time as) getting your dog’s rabies vaccination. If you fail to microchip your dog first, the vaccination will not count and he will need another round of vaccinations.
Not only is this a requirement to leave Thailand, it is a requirement to enter most countries.
Get Your Dog’s Rabies Vaccination
The second requirement of obtaining a dog passport in Thailand is getting your pooch vaccinated against rabies.
This is also COMPULSORY. You can’t export your dog from Thailand until they have had their rabies vaccination.
Most vets will be able to administer your dog’s rabies vaccination.
Make sure that they provide you with a certificate afterwards – you will need this later on.
You MUST vaccinate your dog for rabies at least 30 days before your date of travel, so allow yourself at least a month to obtain your dog’s passport.
Depending on where you and your dog are travelling to, you might want to give yourself more time. This is because your dog may require a rabies titer test as well. We’ll discuss this later.
Obtain a Vet Health Certificate & Export License (R.9)
The final COMPULSORY requirement for your Thai dog passport is obtaining a vet health certificate and export license.
You MUST submit an application for an export permit and visit the International Animal Quarantine Station (AQS), no more than 3 days before your dog is scheduled to leave Thailand.
You must visit the AQS Station at your point of exit for your dog’s health check. For Suvarnabhumi International Airport head to the 1st Floor of the CE-1 Building, Free Zone, Suvarnabhumi Airport Cargo Clearance Customs Office.
The AQS are authorised to issue a health certificate for your dog, based on the requirements of the country you are visiting.
If the country requires additional vaccinations and tests, the AQS can complete these for you, at an additional charge.
Once obtained, the health certificate is valid for 10 days and the export license is valid for 9 days.
The process is as follows:
Firstly, you will need to complete and submit application form R.1/1, which is required to export any live animal from Thailand.
Next, you will need to take your dog to the AQS Station at your point of exit.
You will need to bring your passport and an official certificate of your dog’s rabies vaccination.
The vet officials at the AQS will review your documents and complete a health check on your dog to ensure he is fit for travel.
You will receive two copies of your dog’s health certificate and two copies of your export License (R.9) from the Thai Department of Livestock Development.
Keep one copy with you for the journey, and attach the other copy to your dog’s travel container.
Rabies Titer Blood Test
Your dog MAY need a rabies blood test, also known as a ‘rabies titer test’, depending on where you are travelling to.
This is a requirement to enter many rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries, such as the UK and many EU countries.
The test involves a blood sample being taken from your dog by your vet who will then send it to one of forty worldwide laboratories which are authorised to conduct the test.
To pass the test, the rabies blood test results must show that your dog’s blood contains at least 0.50 IU/mL of the rabies antibody.
There are specific requirements when it comes to the timing of the rabies blood test, depending on where you are travelling to. Generally, the test must be completed between 30 days and 180 days before entering the country.
Check the requirements for where you are travelling to, to see if your dog requires a rabies titer test.
Additional Vaccinations & Treatments
As well as the rabies vaccination, your dog may also need additional vaccinations and treatments, depending on where you are travelling to.
These may include tapeworm treatments or vaccinations against parainfluenza, leptospirosis, parvovirus, bordetella, hepatitis and distemper.
For example, if you are travelling to the UK, your dog MUST have been treated against tapeworms. The treatment must be administered by an official vet within 24 hours (1 day) and 120 hours (5 days) of entering. If you are travelling to Turkey, your dog will require vaccinations against parainfluenza, leptospirosis, parvovirus, bordetella, hepatitis and distemper.
Check the specific requirements of the country that you and your dog are travelling to.
Obtaining a dog passport in Thailand is simple with a little bit of planning.
Be sure to have your dog microchipped and vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before obtaining your health certificate and export license.
Additionally, check the specific requirements for entering your destination country, as these all vary. It is likely that your dog will also need additional vaccinations or treatments.
To ensure that your trip is as smooth as possible, double check all of yours and your dog’s documents to ensure that all the information is correct.
If the process of getting your dog passport seems daunting, there is always the option of seeking assistance from a pet relocation company. There are a number of reliable, professional pet relocation companies that handle everything for you, at a cost.
Hope this has been helpful.