Travelling with your cat: import rules

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Please note that:

  • Domestic cats entering Canada do not have to be quarantined.
  • Canada does not require a microchip or tattoo identification for pet cats.
  • Cats do not require a health certificate or import permit.

These requirements apply to:

  • animals entering Canada permanently
  • animals in transit through Canada on their way to a final destination
  • animals entering Canada for a temporary visit

Choose the import and travel requirements option that applies to your cat.

A. My cat is coming to Canada from a country which Canada recognizes as rabies-free.

The United States of America and Mexico are not rabies-free.

List of recognized countries
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Cayman Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland (Republic of)
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin (Netherlands Antilles)
  • Saint Pierre et Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)
  • Uruguay

B. My cat is coming to Canada from any other country.

C. My cat is a non-domestic cat.

Different import requirements apply to non-domestic cats. Please refer to the Automated Import Reference System (AIRS) for more information.

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