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  Bringing Pets to Korea
 Writer :    Date : 2006-03-08  Hit : 130
If you intend to ship a pet to Korea, the first thing you need to do is to contact your local veterinarian. The veterinarian will give you the rules about shots and other pertinent medical advice.

At this moment, the only shot required is a rabies vaccination with a rabies certificate of at least 30 days old. If you have a pet that could be classified as vicious, Veterinary Service's advice is that you do not ship this pet to Korea. However, please note that there is currently no listing of vicious pets prohibited to enter Korea.

Don't ship your pet guessing whether or not you need something. If you do, when the pet arrives in Korea you may have an enormous challenge and a heavy expense.

EFFECTIVE 29 AUGUST 98, the Republic of Korea Department of Veterinary Science, Quarantine Authority, has changed the policy for quarantine of dogs and cats entering Korea. The new policy is as follows:

1. If your pet is coming from a rabies free country or location, there will be no quarantine and the animal will be released once the Incheon Quarantine Station has examined it.
Note: The Quarantine station is located to the right of baggage claim area. Rabies Free Countries (Same day release) are: Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Cyprus, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Fiji, Portugal, Iceland, Jamaica, Guam, Hawaii, and Samoa.

2. If your pet (dog or cat) is coming from a non-rabies free country or location, such as CONUS, the following will apply:

a. If the pet (dog or cat) is 3-months or older, and has been vaccinated for rabies more than 30 days prior to entry and the vaccination is not expired, and has a valid rabies vaccination certificate, the pet will be released once checked by the Incheon Quarantine Station.

b. If the pet was vaccinated less than 30-days prior to entry into Korea, the pet will be quarantined until the rabies vaccination is 30-days old. (See quarantine procedure below)

c. If the pet is 3-months or older and has not been vaccinated or has no proof of vaccination, the pet will be vaccinated and quarantined for 30-days. (See quarantine procedure below)

d. If the pet is less than 3-months old upon entry to Korea, the pet will be released once examined by the Incheon Quarantine Station. This policy only applies to dogs and cats. All other animals will require processing under the policy listed below.