Safety & Security

Animal Quarantine in India


Quarantine is a period of isolation for people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere. Animal quarantine refers to the compulsory and preventive measure that is practiced in nearly every country to stay disease-free. As no country wants to import a sick or disease-carrying animal, quarantine is imposed to ensure an animal is healthy before they can enter the country.

Why is Animal Quarantine

Animal quarantine is necessary to protect and safeguard the health of people, animals, and livestock of a country. The health and well-being of citizens is of paramount importance, which is why a quarantine period is prescribed as a preventive measure. In short, animal quarantine ensures a country’s citizens and ecosystem stay healthy and disease-free.

Animal Quarantine & Certification Service

The Animal Quarantine & Certification Service (AQCS) is responsible for issuing and enforcing animal quarantine in India. The AQCS was established in 1969-1970 to prevent the import of any exotic disease through international trade and travel into India.


  • New Delhi (NR)

  • Mumbai (WR)

  • Kolkata (ER)

  • Chennai (SR)

  • Hyderabad

  • Bengaluru

Import Grant

International pet relocations are done in two ways: with your pet arriving in the country as excess baggage, or as manifested cargo. Beyond that, it is a matter of coordinating with multiple government agencies for the necessary paperwork formalities and fulfilling them.

Export Grant

For export, dogs and cats require a health certificate from their respective veterinarian as well as from the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service, within seven days of export.

Pet Microchip

Pet microchipping (a radio-frequency identification transponder that carries a unique identification number) is of utmost importance with an ISO11784/11785 mark of 15 digits and non-encrypted.


Your pet needs to be vaccinated for rabies 31 days at the minimum before entering the country. Other vaccinations include Distemper, Leishmaniasis, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis, especially if entering India from a high-rabies country. In case of feline companions, they are required to be vaccinated against Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis Panleukopenia (FVRCP) between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering India.

Rabies Titer Test

Rabies titer test basically helps to evaluate the presence of rabies antibodies in the blood and helps in the diagnosis of muscle spasm. Rabies titer test is not mandatory to enter India from any other country.

Health Certificate

If you are traveling from countries like the United States or Canada, your pet would require a Veterinary Certificate for India. If not, the governing body of your country is at the helm of endorsing the import and export form.

Commercial Shipments

Importing dogs for breeding or other commercial purposes is restricted. Pets imported for show should have a license from the Director General of Foreign Trade.


Pets entering India from outside the country have to be quarantined for 14 days under the supervision of the Indian government. Or 30 days of home quarantine depending on the health condition of your pet as per import regulations.

Puppies and Kittens

Puppies and kittens who are to be imported have to be vaccinated, microchipped. Vaccination for rabies should be no sooner than 3 months and then wait for 30 days before entering the country.

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Invertebrates (spineless animals), reptiles, amphibians, mammals such as rodents and rabbits can be imported to India as air cargo. However, that would require a green signal from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and are not classified under endangered (risk of extinction) under CITES. In case your pet falls under CITES, he/she is subjected to 30 days of quarantine in the originating country, as well as 30 days of quarantine in India. Moreover, if the species falls under CITES, additional permits will be required.


Why is AQCS Visit Important?

Visiting the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service is an important part of any pet relocation into or out of India. A No Objection Certificate (NOC) is necessary for the process of international pet relocation. To get this document, your pet will be examined by AQCS and may have to serve a quarantine period (which varies from animal to animal).

The AQCS basically checks whether an animal being exported to another country is in accordance with health requirements and in accordance with the standards outlined in the International Zoo-Sanitary Code. Upon a successful examination, you are issued an NOC, which is a crucial document for pet transportation.

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Animal Quarantine and Certification Services (AQCS) is responsible for examining internationally accepted certification for livestock and animals. It basically investigates if an animal being exported to another country is in accordance with health requirements, as well as those specified in the International Zoo-Sanitary Code.

A No Objection Certificate (NOC) is necessary for the process of international pet relocation. To get this document, a quarantine period has to be met which varies from pet to pet. All the due diligence is exercised by Carry My Pet to make sure your pet gets to travel without any hassle.


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What Is Animal Quarantine NOC?

No Objection Certificate (NOC) is required when a pet is transferred. In order to obtain this document, a quarantine period is involved to ensure your pet is healthy and is not carrying any infectious diseases. It is provided by the country of origin

How Can You Get Pet NOC in India?

No Objection Certificate (NOC) is provided by the Animal Quarantine and Certification Services in India. Ensure to schedule your appointment at the AQCS a week in advance before visiting their office, and submit all the relevant documents to the quarantine office along with your pet 7 days before departure to obtain a NOC

How Long Should You Quarantine Animals?

Quarantine of animals is done by Animal Quarantine and Certification services (AQCS) in India. AQCS prescribes animal quarantine of at least 14 days. Animal quarantine is 30 days if served at home.

How Long Does a Pet Certificate Last?

An export certificate issues by the AQCS are valid for ten days from the specific date it was issued.

How Long Does a Pet Have to Be Quarantined for Rabies?

Animals suspected of carrying rabies are prescribes an observational period of 10 days. This is only valid for dogs and cats suspected of carrying the disease, and no other species of pet

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