bringing dog from portugal to zhuhai via hong kong
hi there ,
my boyfriend and I would be moving from Portugal to Zhuhai in a couple of months along with our little girl and our daschund.
Previously living in U.K. our dog is complying with the pet travel scheme,
and our visa would be a Z.
But my concern is about the quarantine in china , does anyone know anything about it?
Or where to find reliable information about it and the procedure to bring the dog in zhuhai?
Can the dog make the quarantine at home ?
I have been looking for it but nobody seems able to give me a reliable answer.
Don't go through Hong Kong, fly to Guangzhou instead, that way you can put your dog on the plane inside EU and land directly in PRC. If you land in HK you may risk quarantine there, and I am not sure they will let you bring a dog on the ferry from HKIA to Zhuhai. At least that is worth checking up on.
When we brought our dog here, we had done the homework and had the needed papers, the customs in Guangzhou airport let us bring the dog with us for home-quarantine. I believe being able to do so requires you already have an address you can give them.
Hi! There was a similar thread a couple months ago on this forum. But in that case the lady found a company that would do all the documents for the dog. Could you ask the company that is relocating you to help you with this issue? Sorry, there was more information. There are some posts on other forums from other cities but unfortunately every province still approaches the matter differently...
I brought my cat from HK with very little problems as I had all the paperwork needed. It sounds like you do as well. I brought him over via the Zhuhai - Hong Kong ferry by purchasing a VIP room (so no one would be able to complain about the presence of an animal). They put him in his kennel onto the ferry before everyone else and then let me go one before everyone else as well. I also got to take him off before everyone else too.
On the Zhuhai side, we filled in one piece of paper at the desk right near the luggage scanner. They copied all of my paperwork, gave me a receipt or something and I signed something that I agreed to let them come to our home to make sure he was "home quarantined" for a month. They never came and I've never had anyone question his presence and that was almost two years ago. They really didn't seem to care as long as their paperwork was filled out.
It did help me to have a Chinese speaker there with me as they needed to find particular numbers and information on my English written documentations to put on their various forms. We had no idea what numbers and information they needed as what they said and what we knew about the information they might need did not translate very well, so we just gave them random things on the form and they copied it down!
Are you stopping over in HK or just coming directly from the airport? I think you might need a quarantine in HK (even if your dog qualifies for the pet travel scheme) if you stay over but I'm not sure. There is a government organisation that you can call to ask them questions about bringing animals in and out of the country. I'll see if I can find it to give it to you.
Look into going through Guangzhou airport instead. If you fly to HKIA, then you may need to go through two sets of customs. You would need to check if the dog can go on the ferry from HKIA to Zhuhai (Jiuzhou port).
We brought our dog from Denmark to Guangzhou (via Frankfurt) and was allowed to take it home with us. However we did have an address in Zhuhai at the time, which I believe they need in order to allow "home quarantine"
It may be a good idea to have an agency do the paperwork, however our dog was already equipped with a passport (documenting the shots its had) so all we needed was a blood-sample and lab analysis hereof to prove the rabies shot he has had worked, and then a statement from the veterinarian authorities stating that the vet used is licensed.
As the requirements may have changed, please check up on this yourself.
Also, pay some attention to what airline you chose. If it is a small dog, some airlines will allow the dog in the cabin, different airlines have different definition of small. Some airlines also have requirements for any stopovers if you bring a dog, e.g. Air France would only sell us tickets if we had 3 hours in the airport to allow for taking the dog out.
Honestly, I hope you take my story with grain of salt. My aunt's friend who is Caucasian come to China with her puppy (not through Hong Kong). When China custom stop her she just start talking in English and started sobbing. They just let her go with her puppy. Now if you are going straight to China without going into Hong Kong (the city and not the Air Port) you don't need to pass Hong Kong custom.
The dumb foreigner's act works great in China.
We went through petrelocation.com and had the same quick happy experience. It was every expensive, but it saved us all the trouble, and a woman delivered our dog to us the night we arrived at midnight. :)