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
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.