“Is There a Quarantine for Cats Relocating to South Africa?”

Name: H.C.
From: Dubai, UAE
To: Johannesburg, South Africa
Pets: Cats, Gyn & Mat

What are the requirements for cats leaving Dubai and going to Johannesburg? I have heard there might be a quarantine but I would like to know for sure. I have found plenty of info regarding travel from the UK or U.S. but not specifically from the Middle East to Africa.

Thanks for your question! Traveling with your cats to South Africa will require meeting several rules and regulations. Here's a brief overview, and for more information about coming from the UAE, you can peruse the South Africa Ministry of Agriculture website and contact them for the most up to date information.
According to this Import Procedures document from the above mentioned site, cats are not routinely placed in quarantine upon arrival (even though the UAE is not on the list of approved countries for dogs). Cats do need to have valid import permits and correctly completed health certificates, however, signed and stamped by an approved local veterinarian.
Please let us know if you have more questions or if you'd like some help with your move. We've arranged many pet moves to South Africa and would be happy to assist. Thanks again, and good luck!


PetRelocation Team




UAE, South Africa
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