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Live animals

The import of mammals, birds and reptiles is controlled under the Public Health (Animals and Birds) Ordinance, Chapter 139 (Opens a new window) and Rabies Ordinance, Chapter 421, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) . These animals should not be brought into Hong Kong unless a permit is obtained in advance from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (Opens a new window) .


Plants and plants pests

Under the Plant (Importation and Pest Control) Ordinance, Chapter 207, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) , it is illegal to import plants, plant pests or soil into Hong Kong without a valid licence / authorization issued in advance by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (Opens a new window) .

However, the import of plants produced in the Mainland of China is exempted from licensing requirement. The exemption also applies to the import of cut flowers, fruits and vegetables for consumption.


Endangered animals and plants

The import of endangered animals and plants, whether alive, dead, parts or derivatives is controlled under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance Chapter 586, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) .

To import any endangered species, a licence should be obtained for individual shipment in advance from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (Opens a new window) .


Animal carcass and product

Under the Rabies Ordinance, Chapter 421, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) , no person shall import into Hong Kong any animal, carcass or animal product except under and in accordance with a permit issued by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (Opens a new window) . "Animal Products" means parts or derivatives of a dog, a cat (e.g. dog skin, canine semen, canine plasma, etc.) or any animal that has been infected with rabies.

Animals and Plants