Quarantine refers to a state, period, or place of isolation for people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere. Animal quarantine is a compulsory practice in every country. Requiring quarantine observation after arrival is a necessary practice to keep the country free from diseases through imported livestock and livestock products.

Why is Animal Quarantine

The government of India refuses entry to epizootic livestock altogether. The health and well-being of the citizens is paramount to the socio-economic development of any country, which cannot be jeopardised.

Animal Quarantine in India

In India, “Animal Quarantine and Certification Services” was initiated during the fourth Five Year Plan, 1969-70, to avert the ingress 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.



Foreign nationals of Indian origin require Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card to be able to import your pet to India.

For Indian citizens, staying abroad, visiting India on a short visa would require a Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) licence to bring their pet in the country.

In case of a foreign national not of Indian origin, can bring their pet in the country if they’re relocating to work in the country or must have a stay of minimum one year.

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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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