UPDATE: 10 March 2014 Item 6 below.
KOREA Pet Importation Requirements: The Republic of Korea has modified their pet importation requirements and stringent pet importation requirements took effect 01 Dec 12. For the most current information on PCSing with pets, please visit:
106th Medical Detachment Veterinary Service Support (106th MED DET VSS)
DSN (315) 738-5145/ commercial 011-822-7918-5145
Korean pet importation requirements are also available from the Animal, Plant, and Fisheries Quarantine and Inspection Agency .
Care for pets at military veterinary treatment facilities (VTF) is limited and primarily provides routine preventive medical and surgical care. Emergency care is not available at military VTFs and civilian veterinary clinics are limited in some areas. Only 2 pets (cats and dogs only) are authorized transport in the event of a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) in Korea. All pets must be registered at the installation VTF upon arriving in Korea (or when purchased in Korea). Not all housing areas allow pets. When assigned housing in pet restricted areas, service members that have brought pets have been required to find new owners/pet housing arrangements (including shipping them back to the states). Confirm housing options before transporting pets.
New Quarantine Regulation for Dogs & Cats Importation to Korea
Effective 01 December 2012
1. Korea allows importation of no more than four (4) animals per person.
(Animal owners who wish to import more than 4 animals per person are required to gain preauthorization and pay custom duties for imported pets. Contact the QIA official for details.)
- Customs clearance is required upon entry into Korea. Service members must present travel orders and pet documentation at the Customs desk to request the SOFA import tax waiver. Pets imported more than 6 months after initial entry will be assessed an import duty.
- Pets shipped separate from the service member or their family may incur additional costs when they travel as air cargo. Owners should discuss the details of these costs with the transportation broker prior to shipment.
2. Dogs and cats less than 90 days of age at entry are not required to have been vaccinated and are exempted from FAVN testing requirements.
3. Pet travel from the US/CONUS area:
Original health certificate (APHIS Form 7001; see appendix A for an example of a Military endorsed form) issued by an official veterinarian (endorsed by a USDA veterinarian unless signed and stamped by a Military/GS veterinarian in both blocks with a valid control number) must be presented at time of entry. All health certificates must include original signatures, no copies will be accepted.
4. Pet travel from locations outside of US/CONUS area:
a. Consider contacting the Korean QIA office directly or through your sponsor to confirm the travel documentation for your pet's travel.
b. Original health certificate issued by an official government veterinarian from the host nation (eg. certificate and kennel stamp from the Japanese export veterinarian or an EU pet passport signed and stamped by a German government veterinarian) must be presented at time of entry. Service members are directed to contact the servicing VTF for assistance. All health certificates must include original signatures, no copies will be accepted.
5. ISO compliant microchip (ISO11784 or 11785):
- Mandatory for all dogs and cats regardless of age. Microchip number should be stated on official health certificate.
- Pets that do not have ISO compliant microchips should have a compliant microchip placed prior to travel (list both on health certificate) or the owner should transport a microchip reader.
6. Rabies Antibody Test (FAVN) for over cats/dogs over 90 days old:
- Result should be equal or greater than 0.5 IU/mL.
- Result should be stated in the remarks section of the health certificate. The name of the laboratory conducting the test and the date the sample was drawn must also be listed in the remarks section.
- Testing should be performed at least 30 days but not more than 2 years prior to travel to Korea.
- Original test result report should be presented at time of entry.
- Results from these labs will be accepted as valid: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/approval_en.htm
7. Rabies Vaccination: Rabies vaccination should be performed at least 30 days prior to and be within the reported expiration date (1 or 3 year vaccination) at the time of arrival.
Animals from a rabies-free country (according to current OIE standard)* must be microchipped with and ISO compliant microchip and be presented with an official health certificate.
*Japan, Taiwan, Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Iceland, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Cayman Islands, French Polynesia, Martinique, Department of Reunion, Wallis and Futuna, Albania, Dominican Republic, Macedonia, Lichtenstein, Malaysia, Switzerland, Ireland, Fiji, Singapore, Jamaica, United Kingdom
Any dog or cat presented for entry that does not meet these requirements will be quarantined at the owner's expense until compliance is met. Quarantined animals will be housed at an Official Korean Quarantine Facility, the Yongsan Pet Care Clinic or the Osan Veterinary Treatment Facility.
Quarantine release for a dog or cat will be dependent on resolution of the deficiency:
1. No microchip: An ISO compliant microchip must be placed.
2. Incomplete/improper rabies vaccination, absent/deficient rabies antibody titer (not greater than 0.5 IU/mL):
- Revaccination for animals as appropriate.
- Test will be performed by Korean government lab (at owner's expense).
- Animals with results less than 0.5 IU/mL will be held until the antibody response to revaccination results in an adequate titer.
If you have met the above requirements and still encounter pet problems at the Incheon airport, please ask airline or airport officials to contact the USFK Incheon Customs Office or call 0505-723-7561, Monday-Friday 0800-1700hrs. After duty hours or on weekends and holidays, contact the USFK Customs Senior On Duty Officer at 010-8834-0267. To obtain more information, please visit http://www.korea.amedd.army.mil/veterinary/index.html , contact your sponsor, or call DSN (315) 738-5145 or commercial 011-822-7918-5145.
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