Pets coming into Manila

The Bureau of Animals requires that pets brought into the Philippines be accompanied by a health certificate issued shortly before shipment by a proper veterinary authority from the country of origin.  Presently it is required that all dogs and cats have an Import Permit.  Very specific details are required.

When bringing in dogs and/or cats, a valid certificate of vaccination against rabies must accompany them.  You have to be very careful about rabies living in Manila.

An import permit is necessary to release pets from the airport.  Local forwarding companies can process this.  The following information is needed: 

  • Type of Animal
  • Name of Pet
  • Breed/Colour/Sex/Age/Weight
  • Point of origin
  •  Estimated arrival in Manila

Veterinarian Records Get health history and immunization records for each pet.  If they are tattooed or have other permanent identification, record the numbers.

Arrival of pets should be scheduled on weekdays.  The airport Customs office that handles release of pets is closed on weekends.

All charges related to transporting the pet to and from the Philippines are for the expatriate’s personal account. If you are bringing a domesticated pet into the Philippines you or your moving company should contact the Philippine Embassy (202) 476-9300 or see the web site at In the Philippines contact the Philippine Bureau of Animal Industry, Animal Health Division (632) 928-2743 or 2836 (Fax 632-928-1778) regarding current regulations.

  •  Most international movers should also be able to assist you with any additional information that you require. However, don't rely solely on them.   Always make direct inquiries to get accurate, current regulations.
  • Quarantine personnel will meet your pet and make sure that all regulations have been followed. If all these regulations have been met, there is no quarantine period.

Pet Condition for Relocation
Consider your pet's current physical condition, temperament, age and breed when considering transporting by air.

Flight Transportation Options

It's hard to imagine your beloved pet as "excess baggage" but that is what they are considered by most airlines.

  • If unaccompanied, your pets could be shipped as cargo. Many airline cargo departments and individuals hire specialists in the air transportation of live animals.
  • On some US domestic flights animals in a kennel are allowed to be carried in the passenger cabin as carry-on luggage as long as the kennel fits under the seat and the animal meets weight requirements.

Professional Pet Transport Services
 Companies that specialize in all aspects of transporting pet's both nationally and internationally. Although a very expensive option, these companies are experts in the business of shipping pets and can provide all services from initial plane reservations to delivering your pet to you home in your new destination. Always check references and reputation before employing a third party to transport your pet.

Pet Transit Tips

  • Airline Reservations and Confirmations - Well in advance of your trip, contact the specific airline you will be flying as each airline establishes their own company policies and services for the proper handling of the animals they transport. Many airlines have a limited number of animals allowed to be transported per flight, cargo or cabin, so make your reservations early and be sure to confirm according to the airline requirements.
  • Time to Recover - Remember, you are not the only one tired from the trip! Animals that travel overseas, or long distances, need time to recuperate and adapt to their new surroundings. Try to keep small children away from your pet until the animal appears rested and ready to play.
  • Help your pets have a safe and healthy move. Follow these expat proven guidelines.

Carrier Standards
Good preparation, appropriate shipping kennels and following simple transit guidelines regarding feeding and care can help your pet arrive in fine form.

Bring a good supply of antiparasite things e.g. tick and flea collars, shampoos.  They can be expensive here.  Also have your dog treated for heartworm before arrival and make sure your pets have identification tags.  You will need to give your dog heartworm tablets every month whilst living in the tropics.

Good dog toys are also hard to come by.  If bringing a large dog, bring your own supply of pull toys, hard balls etc.

There are a number of vets in Manila.  Some come and do house visits or you can always visit one of the clinics available.

Lost Pet
If your pet is lost during transport, immediately inquire with the airlines so they may begin tracking processes.

Utilities and Services

Both 110v and 220v 60 Hz can be found in most houses.

Light bulbs are bayonnet type. If you have lamps with other types of bulbs it would be best to bring a supply of your own.

If bringing items from the UK (240v 50 Hz) some will work but the timers will operate faster. Certain UK items will not work - microwaves, ice cream makers of the motor driven reversing paddle type and mains driven clocks and televisions.

Other European countries have 220v 50 Hz so these might work.

Some houses have the socket outlets for both voltages mounted side by side.

Internet and Television

There are a number of broadband Internet and television cable providers to choose from in the AAV. Here are some popular names: Destiny, Pacific, Sky and Pldtsl. Rates are quite reasonable e.g. Destiny Cable price for TV and broadband is around P2,800 per month.

Water/drinking water

If you come from a country where it is safe to drink the tap water, you need to change your habits here.  You never drink the tap water.  The water inside the village is clean and perfectly fine for personal washing and laundry.  Most expats will use bottled water to make tea and coffee and for cooking.  All salads and vegetables need to be washed very carefully.  All expats have water dispensers inside the houses and you can get your water delivered very cheaply every week.  It is useful to get a dispenser with hot and cold water as you can always make your coffee from this.  You always need a good water supply inside your house in case of emergencies.  The water outside the village is not so clean.

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