Bringing pets into Thailand is controlled by the Department of Livestock Development(DLD), since the DLD is responsible for the control of animal movements in and out of the country. All the information a potential importer requires is contained on the DLD web site. Unfortunately, as with many Thai government web sites, navigation to find the relevant information is not easy.
This short guide is designed to enable anyone bringing a pet into Thailand to find the relevant information easily. It does not add anything new to the information provided on the DLD web site.
Since I originally wrote this article the DLD web-site has changed. Currently(September 2014) the English version of the site is not working!
Requirements for bringing pets into Thailand-Cats and Dogs
On the old website(prior September 2014) full details of requirements relating to the identity, health, transit conditions, inoculations and any subsequent quarantine can be found on the page entitled “the requirements for the importation of dogs and cats into the Kingdom of Thailand.”
While the page entitled importation of live animals deals with pre-import process, process at the time of import and post import process.
However I cannot confirm that the new site reflects these search queries accurately.
I would therefore recommend that if you have any queries about bringing your pet into Thailand you contact the DLD in Thailand directly before arriving at a port of entry with your pet.
DLD contact Information:
Bureau of Disease Control and Veterinary Services.
Department of Livestock Development, Phayathai Road, Ratchtavee Bangkok 10400.
Tel. (02) 653-4550 – 7 ต่อ 4175 Fax. (02) 653-4929
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
A few things to consider before Bringing Pets into Thailand
The Thai attitude to pets and their welfare is very different from the west. Before you consider bringing pets into Thailand there are some things that you should understand.
1. Locally pets, particularly dogs, are often bought on a whim at the local market or visiting fair or even obtained for free from the local temple. It is also not uncommon for the same animals to be abandoned when the owner gets bored or can’t afford to feed the animal any more. This attitude tends to lead to a lot of stray dogs roaming around.
2. These soi or street dog are to be found all over Thailand. Soi dogs are very territorial. Incursion into another dogs territory usually results in a fight. Soi dogs pose several hazards, they are usually diseased or suffering fight injuries and they will bark at or even attack anyone on foot.
3. Climatic conditions in Thailand can also pose a hazard for some breeds of cats and dogs. They are a lot different to more temperate climes with hot and often humid conditions for at least ten months of the year and even in the cooler months it is much hotter than Europe and North America. For example some breeds of dog from the West might suffer from breathing difficulties or over heating in these conditions.
4. Local wildlife particularly snakes and other venomous creatures might also pose a problem if your animal likes to hunt. Its one thing for your cat to bring home a mouse to show you and play with but quite another when it’s a snake they release in the house!
Continuing to care for your pets in Thailand is of course important to you, fortunately there are plenty of decent veterinary clinics around and their services are not as expensive as in the UK for example. You should however be aware that local vets will rarely euthanize an animal even when it is very sick or old and near to the end of its natural life. Pet products are also in good supply with plenty of specialist shops alongside supermarkets and Thai markets.
This post was last updated on 6th September 2014.