Taking Pets to South Korea
If you weren't already aware of the wonder of South Korea, you must know it is fast emerging as one of the trendiest destinations in the world. A tiny country with diverse landscapes, colorful cultures and traditions, South Korea will leave you pleasantly surprised. With the wonderful blend of traditional and modern, it is now becoming a highly sought-after port-of-call for expats and families to relocate to.
Although the number of households who own a cat or dog as a pet in Korea are growing, it is undeniable that it is still a new concept here. The size of the pet definitely matters in public perception. The general view is that anything larger than a Maltese should be used as a guard dog. Pomeranians, Chihuahuas, Shih-tzus and such, are given makeovers at the groomers, wear bejeweled collars, and live a life of luxury. White colored dogs and purebreds are favored, and of course anything that fits in a purse. In the more affluent areas of Seoul, the majority of Koreans are much more acceptable towards four-legged family members.
- Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO-compliant microchip prior to travel.
- After microchipping, a rabies vaccination must be administered 30 days no sooner than 30 days before entering Korea.
- Your dog or cat must have a rabies titer test processed by an EU-approved laboratory within 2 years of the arrival date.
- An accredited veterinarian must complete a Korea Health Certificate stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites, status of vaccinations and the results of the titer test
- An import permit is only required if you are traveling with 5 or more dogs and/or cats.
- Upon arrival, you must go to the NVRQS (National Veterinary Research & Quarantine Service) office with your pet and its certificate for quarantine procedure. Your pet will be released into your custody the same day provided upon inspection your pet is found to be healthy.
- Unvaccinated pets under the age of 3 months can enter Korea as long as they have been microchipped and accompanied by a health certificate.
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