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United Arab Emirates

Attention:  This information is to be used as general guidelines and may not be updated to meet the current requirements.  Before you travel, be sure to contact the appropriate authorities for your destination country.


1. Microchip:  Each pet shall be identified by means of a microchip.  No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or ISO standard 11785. The UAE currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.

2. Rabies Vaccination and Certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The Rabies vaccine must be at least 21 days old and less than one year old to apply for the import permit.

3. Rabies Antibody Titer Test: After the Rabies Vaccination (at least 21 days later), pets must receive a Rabies Antibody Titer Test to ensure that the rabies vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels and must be tested by a government-approved facility. Your vet will send these to the approved lab. Please have your vet call them before sending to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location. The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above.

Your vet will need to scan your pet’s microchip prior to the blood draw for the Titer Test. This test result will remain valid for 1 year from the time the blood sample was taken.

4.  The following vaccinations are required by the UAE:

Dogs:  Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP). Bordatella (also known as "kennel cough" vaccine) is required for pets who are boarding and generally recommended for pet safety.

Cats:  Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

5.  Import Permit:  Your PetRelocation Specialist will obtain this on your behalf. Please note that the import permit can take from 3 days to 2 weeks to obtain and is valid for one month from the date of issue.

6.  APHIS Form 7001 issued within 10 days of departure:  Your vet should have these in stock. It’s a good idea to call ahead and ask. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet and sent to the USDA (if arriving from the United States) for the correct endorsement.

7. USDA Endorsements for the below referenced forms:

  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vaccine Certificate
  • International Health Certificate (APHIS Form 7001)

These must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about best way of handling this.

8.  In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of the Pet Owner’s Passport
  • Signed Customs Clearance Form (your Specialist will provide this)

Local Pet Resources

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Dubai Kennels & Cattery: Dubai UAE PH: +971 4 285 1646 Email: info@dkc.ae, Website: www.dkc.ae

The British Veterinary Center: Abu Dhabi, UAE PH:  941 2 665 0085 Email:  info@Britvet.ae

American Veterinary Clinic: Abu Dhabi UAE PH: 971 2 6655044 Email:  avc@emirates.net.ae

ABvC: Dubai UAE PH:  971 4 340 8601 Email:  abvc@eim.ae

Groomers and Pet Supplies

Creature Comforts: Dubai UAE PH:  971 50 695 9480 Email:  enquiry@creaturecomfortsdubai.com

Pets Oasis: P.O.Box: 3468 Um Al Quwain United Arab Emirates PH:  971 6 766 2397 Email:  info@petsoasisuae.com