Mandatory pet quarantine may be cut
China could be about to scrap its mandatory quarantine period for “low risk” pets entering the country, a top government agency has revealed.
Cats and dogs from overseas must spend at least seven days at an inspection facility to undergo extensive tests for rabies and other conditions that could cause an epidemic.
However, animals deemed low risk could in future be released after passing a simple test at the port of entry, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has told China Daily. It means instead of waiting a week, owners could be reunited with their pets within an hour of arrival.
The proposed change comes as China is seeing a growing number of pets arriving from overseas. According to the administration, about 8,000 pets — only cats and dogs are allowed to be carried into China as pets — were brought in between January and November. The major source countries included the United States, Canada, Italy, Russia, Japan and South Korea.
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