Transport of Live Pets and Plants to the Philippines

Are there restrictions or conditions to the entry of pets/animals and household plant?
Yes, there are quarantine and regulatory agency restrictions and conditions to the importations of pets/animals and household plants.

Are there requirements prior to shipment of household plants?

Yes, Phytosanitary Certificate must be obtained from the concerned Government Agency at the port of origin and presented to the Plant Quarantine Officer. Plants arriving in the country without this certificate as well as those falling in the alert list may be detained.

How about the commercial shipment of animals, plants and their products or by-products?

For the pertinent rules and regulations on commercial shipment of animals, plants and their products/ by-products, write to:

Bureau of Animal Industry
Visayas Avenue
Diliman, Quezon City
or

The Director
Bureau of Plant Industry
692 San Andres, Malate, Manila.

What is the veterinary quarantine requirement prior to the shipment of pet animals?
A health certificate must be obtained from the concerned government agency at the port of origin. The certificate will be required by the Veterinary Quarantine Officer at the airport/port of disembarkation. Any pet without such a certificate will be detained by Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) until cleared. For pet fishes, in lieu of a health certificate, a prior import permit must be obtained from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

For importing Dogs and Cats

• Apply for an import permit with the Animal Health Division (AHD), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) by writing a letter addressed to the BAI Director and sending it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  containing the following information:

 - Species and breed of animal

 - Sex, color and number of pets

 - Expected date of arrival

 • If the number of animals to be brought to the Philippines exceeds five, the animals have to be inspected at the quarantine site

• Issuance and inspection fees are P50.00 pesos and P165.00 pesos for the first two heads and P220.00 pesos for each succeeding head, respectively. Payment may be made upon arrival at the Veterinary Quarantine Unit, Ninoy Aquino International Airport. 

• A valid health certificate from the country of origin must be presented upon arrival

The permit is good for 2 months. Extension for another month may be requested before the Permit's expiry date.

For Exotic Animals

• Apply for an import permit with the Animal Health Division (AHD), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) by writing a letter addressed to the BAI Director and sending it to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it containing the following information:

o Species and breed of animal
o Sex, color and number of pets
o Expected date of arrival

• Arrange Schedule with AHD for inspection of the quarantine site• A CITES Certification issued by the Parks and Wildlife Bureau shall be presented
• Issuance and inspection fees are P40.00 pesos and P10.00-50 pesos per head (depending on the size of the animal), respectively

• A valid health certificate from the country of origin shall be presented upon arrival

The permit is good for 2 months. Extension for another month may be requested before the Permit's expiry date.

Note: Always inquire from Bureau of Animal Industry for new rates on Inspection Fees.