A-Z Country Directory

Below is our A-Z Country Directory with links to information including Government and other official websites, to help you plan your overseas trip with your Assistance Dog. Note that Assistance Dogs is abbreviated to AD and General Dogs is abbreviated to GD on this page. 

Please read our Introduction to the Quarantine Process first.

We want to launch this now to show you what we are building. We rely on the TravelPaws community to make it grow -it takes ages to collect this information as you probably know! Please email any links to official government websites that you are aware of, so we can populate the directory for other countries.

TravelPaws will also develop comprehensive Country Travel Guides as you provide direct feedback on your international travel experience with your Assistance Dog.

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Remember you may need to follow your own country's quarantine requirements first (not just your destination's) which could involve obligations before, during your travel, and after you've returned home.

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Australia

Quarantine Authority:

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

Australia is a Rabies-free country and has strict import controls.
​​​The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment manages the biosecurity risk associated with bringing dogs – including Assistance Dogs – to Australia.
Tasmania has additional Quarantine processes to follow.

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

Canada

Quarantine Authority:

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is the responsible body for the importing of animals. The CBSA may refer any animal presented at the border for secondary inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Germany

Quarantine Authority:

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Germany does not require quarantine isolation, but it does require a recent rabies vaccination, a microchip and a veterinary health certificate.
For EU nationals, you can freely travel with your dog if it has a European pet passport.
There is no separate Assistance Dog quarantine process.

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

Hawaii, USA

Quarantine Authority:

Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture-Division of Animal Ind.

We have listed Hawaii separately from the US because of its popularity. Hawaii is rabies-free, and has its own strict quarantine process.
If your flight includes a connection in the continental US, consider this as your entry into the United States. This will also involve a quarantine process.

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

Hong Kong

Quarantine Authority:

Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Dept (AFCD)

The AFCD enforces relevant legislation and provides technical services to safeguard the welfare of animals and control the diseases in animals and plants.
Unfortunately, Hong Kong charges an import fee, even for Assistance Dogs, even for transshipping (layovers).

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

Ireland

Quarantine Authority:

Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is responsible for the entry of dogs into Ireland.
EU Pet Travel Scheme entry requirements are the same for all dogs, the only difference is that the compliance check fee is waived for guide dogs (seeing-eye).
The DAFM website only list guide dogs as being exempt from the fee but officers have discretion to waive the fee on a case by case basis.

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

Japan

Quarantine Authority:

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (MAFF)

Non-Japanese Assistance Dogs need to obtain the same certification as domestic Assistance Dogs through the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan - See Temporary ID.
Unfortunately, Japan has a very narrow definition of Assistance Dog: "Service dogs for mental disorders, autism, emotional disorders, epileptic disorders, PTSD, etc. cannot be accepted as assistance dogs in Japan." - See Eligibility Criteria

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

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New Zealand

Quarantine Authority:

Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)

Protecting the country, reducing risks - Biosecurity New Zealand's focus is on stopping pests and diseases at the border, before they get to New Zealand, and eradicating or managing the impact of those already here.

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Singapore

Quarantine Authority:

The Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS)

The AVS is a cluster within the National Parks Board (NParks). The import and transshipment of dogs to Singapore involves fulfilling strict requirements and complying with necessary procedures.
Unfortunately, Singapore charges an import fee, even for Assistance Dogs, even for transshipping (layovers).

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

United Kingdom

Quarantine Authority:

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

The rules for bringing your dog into the UK depend on whether you are from the EU, a listed, or unlisted country.
There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU until 1 January 2021. Pet travel requirements will then change, depending on what category the UK becomes. These pages will update as information becomes available.
Please note the section on tapeworm treatment for short trips in the GD Import page.

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

United States of America

Quarantine Authority:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The US has multiple agencies involved including at the state level. Begin the dialogue with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose regulations govern the importation of animals and animal products capable of causing human disease. Assistance Dogs have no different process to general dog quarantine. We have made a separate listing for Hawaii because of its popularity.

Assistance Dog (AD) information

General Dog (GD) information

Additional information

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