Hi! We will be moving to Taiwan shortly, and we’re having a very difficult time finding out exactly what the deal is with bringing cats into the country. We understand that there is a 21 day quarantine period for pets coming in from non-rabies-free countries, such as ours (the US). Fine, we can deal with that. We realize this will cost money. From what we can gather it will be about $250 per pet (did we mention there are two?). We know they need rabies shots (done) and health certificates (no problem). But now we’re hearing something about about having to apply to bring your cat in 3 weeks ahead of time? And that they need a health certificate for the application. But doesn’t the health certificate have to be done no more than 10 days before departure? The airline wants one within 10 days or they won’t let them fly. Are they asking for two separate health certificates? ACK!!! Additionally, our friendly vet who has been telling us a health certificate for each kitty would be free is now saying it only applies to a domestic health certificate. We need international health certificates which he’s very happy to charge us and arm and a leg for (per cat, of course).
Oh, also, the application seems to be asking for a “Taiwan contact person”. We don’t have a Taiwan contact person, as we are kinda going there to find an English job. After reading all the horror stories, we don’t want to try to get a job over the internet, and then find out that the company is demon-spawn.
If anyone out there has done this before, your words of wisdom (and hopefully moral support!) would be greatly appreciated! We’re in the last weeks before leaving and is starting to go wrong now and we’re pretty stressed out.