Import and Re-Import of Pets

Import of pets (dogs or cats only) up to two numbers per passenger are allowed as baggage, only to persons transferring their residence to India after two year of continuous stay abroad subject to production of required health certificate from country of origin and examination of the said pets by the animal quarantine officer without an import license issued by DGFT. Import of pets are allowed only at airports having animal quarantine facility, viz. at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Passengers can also re-import the pets which were being taken away with them as export with prior certification from Animal Quarantine officer at Animal Quarantine and Certification Service.
CBEC has issued circular No. 15/2013 dated 08.04.2013 and 25/2013 dated 01.07.2013 regarding Importation of pets and Re-importation of pets through Baggage respectively.
Further process has been streamlined vide Public notice no. 02/Tech./2016 dated 04.02.2016 issued by Commissioner of Customs, IGIA.