Bringing Pets into Thailand

family cat and a young rat snakeBringing 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 :

A few things to consider before Bringing Pets into Thailand

Injured Soi Dog ThailandThe 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.

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Mike Rose is a seasoned world traveller who won a blogging award from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. He has a good knowledge of Thailand, its people and culture as well as issues that effect expats living in Thailand. Mike is currently learning to read the Thai language. He is also a keen amateur wildlife photographer, with a strong interest in the Birds of Thailand..

4 Comments on Bringing Pets into Thailand

  1. Ryan
    I just found this comment. Not sure why Disqus failed to notify me!

    My experiences with soi dogs especially when I am cyclying is mixed. Likewise on foot, I think it depends where you live to be honest. Being a rural dweller I do find the animals can be aggressive and territorial.

    That said the Thai trick of reaching down as if to pick up stone usually works a treat.

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