Thursday, December 27, 2007

Pet Import to Taiwan


In general, I suggest that you do not import pets to Taiwan, but if you are determined to do so, please research the requirements carefully and budget enough to cover the costs. The official Taiwan government's pet import regulations can be found here. You can download the regulations in English as well as an import permit application.

You can expect that importing a pet can cause difficulties and will involve a considerable expense. You can contract a pet agent to assist in the process. This will make your life a lot easier but will significantly increase your costs.

Here is an overview of what is needed for an import permit:

In order to apply for the import permit, copies are acceptable. Upon arrival in Taiwan, all original documents must be available along with the import permit.

Microchip please provide details

Vaccinated against rabies

Primary vaccination at the age of at least 90 days old, and the period between the day of vaccination and the day of shipment shall be no less than 180 days and no more than one year.

Booster vaccination: vaccinated no more than one year prior to shipment.

Blood samples of dogs or cats to be imported shall be taken and sent to the designated laboratory for neutralization antibody titration test for rabies antibody which shall be at least 0.5IU/ml. Report of neutralization antibody titration test for rabies antibody which shall be at least 0.5IU/ml and tested by rabies reference laboratories of the World Organization for Animal Health or laboratories designated by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine with the blood sampling date no less than 180 days and no more than 2 years prior to shipment.

Rabies vaccination certificate issued by a veterinarian of exporting country and certifying vaccination by inactivated vaccines. The rabies vaccination certificate shall be in Chinese, English or bilingual and state the breed, sex, age, microchip number, date of rabies vaccination, and whether the vaccination was primary or a booster.

health/vaccination certificates must indicate the rabies vaccination is "killed virus" or "not active virus" and whether it is "primary" or "booster".

A copy of passport or identification card of the importer.

The importer shall apply to the animal quarantine authority of exporting country for a veterinary certificate, the veterinary certificate shall be in Chinese, English or bilingual and include the following information:

(1) Breed, sex, age, and microchip number of the dog or cat.

(2) Date of vaccination against rabies with inactivated vaccine, and whether the vaccination was primary or a booster.

(3) No clinical sign of rabies shown upon inspection of the dog or cat.

(4) At least 0.5 IU/ml rabies antibody in the blood of the dog or cat sampled no less than 180 days and no more than 2 years prior to shipment for a neutralization antibody titration test which shall be carried out by rabies reference laboratories of the World Organization for Animal Health or laboratories designated by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

On arrival of the dog or cat at the port of entry, the importer shall apply to the animal quarantine authority for quarantine inspection and submit the import permit, original veterinary certificate issued by the animal quarantine authority of exporting country, bill of lading or customs declaration form (or B/L). The dog or cat without an original veterinary certificate issued by the animal quarantine authority of exporting country shall be re-exported or destroyed.

A. When conducting quarantine inspection of the dog or cat imported from rabies-infected countries, animal quarantine authority at the port of entry shall check the veterinary certificate and detain the dog or cat at the designated post-entry quarantine premise for 21 days. During quarantine detention, the blood of the dog or cat may be sampled and tested again for rabies antibody. If the rabies antibody is under 0.5 IU/ml, the dog or cat shall be revaccinated with inactivated rabies vaccine.

1. Please be advised that if any incompliance is found in the statement of the certificate, the dogs or cats will be re-exported, destroyed or detained at the designated post-entry quarantine premise for 180 days.

It is strongly advised that pets arrive in Taiwan on a weekday morning. Pet customs is only open during business hours, so if your pet arrives in the evening, then you will have to wait until 9:00 AM the next morning to clear customs. Evening flights may be unavoidable, but do your best to avoid weekends. Time spent at the airport does not count toward time in quarantine. If your pet is held at the airport, only you, the owner, will have access to the pet, and you will be responsible for providing food and water.

Here are some of the costs involved excluding your pet's airfare, and any agent fee which can be hundreds of US Dollars.

A. Airport terminal or airlines handling fee: Approx. USD 50.00 charged at cost.

B. Quarantine station fee: Approx. USD 25.00/per day/per pet or at cost if over / mandatory 21 day quarantine. Estimated rate USD 525.00

C. Tax/Duty as assessed by customs





Pet Export


If you are leaving Taiwan, and want to take your pet along, then be prepared for complications and expenses. It is not to be taken lightly, but it can be done. It is your destination that determines how difficult or expensive it will be. You should carefully research the requirements of your destination, before finalizing your plan to bring your pet.

Most destinations will require that your pet be implanted with a microchip and receive rabies or other vaccinations. A vet in Taipei with a lot of experience handling export vaccinations and documents is Dr. Yang in Tianmu:

Dr. Simon Yang, DVM
No. 368, Sec. 6, Zongshan N. Rd.
phone: 2871 7621
fax 2876 2039
mobile: 0932 035 130
canine0368@yahoo.com.tw

Here is a link with info about checking in pets as excess baggage and it also mentions an export permit.

To Australia:
You will need to apply in advance for an import permit and pets will be quarantined. Pets from Taiwan will face a minimum 30 day quarantine. The application fees are AUD $280 for the first animal, plus AUD $60.00 for each additional animal.Quarantine charges will be extra. For more information check out the Australian Government Website.
Also check out the posts at Forumosa.
Here are rates published in 2007:

Service

Notes

Fee $AUD

Quarantine entry

Fee is charged for each animal

$10

Veterinary Inspection

Fee per half hour. In the majority of cases only half an hour is required. This fee is charged for each animal.

$71

Document clearance

Fee charged for audit of your pets veterinary certificates A & B. This fee is charged for each animal.

This fee may be repeated if additional information is required.

$27.00

Transport from the airport to the quarantine station.

Fee is charged for the first animal only. Pets picked up after 4pm or before 8am are charged at the higher rate

$95 or $120

Accommodation of a cat

Daily rate for the first cat - includes food and care.

$13.55

Accommodation for each additional cat, sharing accommodation with the first cat

Daily rate for subsequent cats – includes food and care.

$10.55

Accommodation of a dog

Daily rate for the first dog – includes food and care.

$17.55

Accommodation for each additional dog, sharing accommodation with the first dog

Daily rate for subsequent dogs – includes food and care.

$12.55

A dog that gives birth

$400 for the first 7 hours or less of supervision plus $19 for each additional hour of supervision.

$400

Puppies less than 6 weeks old

Daily rate per pup. After the puppies are 6 weeks old they are charged at the daily rate for dogs.

$5

A cat that gives birth

Fee for supervision of birthing cat.

Kittens are not charged for until they are over 6 weeks old. After the kittens are 6 weeks old they are charged at the daily rate for cats.

$300

Any additional veterinary care

Additional veterinary care eg booster vaccinations are provided by a private veterinarian.

Charged to the owner by private veterinarian.



To the USA:
Hawaii and Guam both have their own regulations, including mandatory quarantine. Other states and territories may also have their own regulations.
For Federal regulations check the US Customs publication Pets and Wildlife Licensing and Health Requirements.
Check out posts at Forumosa.

To South Africa: I don't have any information at the moment, so check out Forumosa. I found two topics, but there may be more.
To the UK: No details currently available, but here is the contact information for a pet agent:
Airpets Oceanic (Heathrow)
Willowslea Farm Kennels
tel: 44-1753-685-571
fax: 44-1753-681-65
Attn: Marie O'Brien / Angela

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

National Immigration Agency


National Immigration Agency (formerly the Foreign Affairs Police, now new name and new location)

After you have received your resident visa from MOFA, this is where you need to go for your ARC (Alien Resident Certificate) which is your national ID card.

Taipei County Residents use the Banqiao Office:
Minzhu Road, No. 168 / 台北縣板橋市民族路168號 (民族 mínzú)

Link to Map

Banqiao MRT Map

Taipei City Residents:
臺北市中正區廣州街15號 
電話:02-23899983
No. 15, Guangzhou St. Zhong Zheng District, Taipei
Tel: 02-2389-9983

Forumosa

National Immigration Agency Official Website

Ministry of Foreign Affairs



The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) is where you can have documents authenticated and begin the visa application process.



Address: Jinan Rd, Sec 1, No. 2-2, Taipei City / 台北市濟南路一段2-2

濟南路 Jǐnán Lù



http://iff.immigration.gov.tw/enfront/life.php?id=446&tr_id=9

This is located between CKS and Shando Temple MRT Stations.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Health Checks at Renai Hospital

仁愛醫院 Rén'ài yī yuàn

Renai Rd., Sec. 4, No. 10 / 仁愛路410 / Rén'ài Lù Sì Duàn Shí Hào

Health Certificate Exams
for visas or other reasons are done at Renai Branch, of the Taipei City Hospital. It is located on Renai Rd. near the Fuxing intersection. If you are walking south on Fuxing (from the MRT for example) the Howard Hotel will be on the right hand side you want to be on the left hand side. If coming by MRT, the nearest station is Zhongxiao-Fuxing Station on the Blue and Brown Lines.

Hours are 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM on Monday through Friday. They are open 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday if you are willing to fight the crowd. Closed on Sundays.
BRING YOUR PASSPORT.

  • Bring your passport, at least 3 photos, and about NTD 1000. It will probably take a couple of hours.
  • Exams are located on the 2nd floor. Follow the signs for Health Certification. You have to walk by the blood draw area, where you will go later. They will give you the paperwork. Fill out 3 copies and attach 3 photos.
  • Go the the 1st floor, counter 11. They will stamp your paperwork and give you a number.
  • Go back to where you just came from on the 2nd floor.
  • Wait for your number to be called. They will look over your forms, check height, weight, eyes, and blood pressure. They will give you a set of cards to turn in at each exam site.
  • Take this back to the 1st floor counter 11, where you received the number.
  • Pay the fee, less than NTD 1000. They will give you a card telling you when to return for the results and will stamp each of your other cards which correspond to each of the tests you need to take.
  • I had to go to the Dermatology Dept. on the 2nd floor for a skin exam. They give you an area with a curtain to undress then a doctor came in and did a quick visual exam. I didn't have to do this last time. They tried to match female doctors with female examinees.
  • Now you need to get a blood test on the 2nd floor, and depending on your exam type such as a JFRV, then you may have to give a stool sample. Just make sure that you come ready to provide a sample should this be necessary. Only a small sample is needed for testing.
  • Now go to the 3rd floor get an Xray.
  • Now after you have done everything, return your paperwork on the 2nd floor where you had your eye exam.
  • The office in this area is where you will return to pick up the results. Remember your passport and receipt.