Moving with Pets to Dubai? We can help!

We have posted many articles on moving pets to Dubai and have received many inquiries as of late. Here are a few of the basics:

There are several hurdles owners have to overcome if you want to bring a pet into or take a pet out of the UAE. Pets brought into the UAE must be imported as cargo and not as baggage accompanying a passenger.

To bring a pet in, you must obtain an import permit. Requirements for this include a document from your veterinary surgeon (signed and stamped) showing the animal was vaccinated against rabies between one year and 30 days previously.

You must have a good health certificate from the government of the country where the animal is coming from. In addition, the animal must be microchipped.


People with pets already in the UAE must ensure they get them vaccinated against rabies once a year. In Dubai this means they will get a red identification disc from Dubai Municipality.

Vaccination can be carried out by Dubai Municipality for Dh50 or at private veterinary clinics for a higher charge.

Ensure your pet wears the disc on its collar at all times, otherwise it could be picked up as a stray by the authorities.

No similar system exists in the other emirates, but Dr Martin Wyness from the British Veterinary Centre in Abu Dhabi said owners should consider getting their animals microchipped.

In addition to rabies, dog owners are recommended to vaccinate their pets against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus.

Important additional vaccinations for cats include two types of cat flu as well as panleukopenia.

For an export permit, at least five days before export, the pet must be examined by a government vet at the cargo village of Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah International Airports.

Bring along a signed and stamped document from your vet showing the animal, which must be microchipped, was vaccinated against rabies between one year and 30 days previously. The fee is Dh100, payable by e-card.

Several kennels and catteries will deal with all of the paperwork, both for import and export.

Animals brought into the UAE without the proper documents will be held until those documents are obtained. The importation of some dangerous breeds of dog, such as Pit Bulls and Neapolitan Mastiffs, and cross breeds of them, is banned. Travel boxes must meet International Air Transport Authority guidelines.

Permits are valid for a month

To either bring in or take out a pet from the UAE, you will have to process the papers at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Do not forget to take your passport copy and your residence permit copy also. The Ministry is open between 7.30am and 2.30pm from Sunday to Thursday.

The import permit will cost Dh200 and is valid for one month. It is payable by e-card.

This permit should be submitted at the Cargo Village at Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah international airports prior to the animal's arrival.

When collecting the animal, take along the original vaccination document and the official certificate issued by the government of the country of origin. There is a Dh90 customs charge.

A re-import certificate should be collected if the animal is coming back to the UAE. Before the pet is brought back, a health certificate, which is valid for 10 days, should be obtained from an official vet. For more information see the website of the American Veterinary Clinic in Abu Dhabi.

The requirements for exporting a pet from the UAE vary depending which country you are sending the animal to. The British Veterinary Centre in Abu Dhabi publishes a country-by-country list at (Click on the pet travel link.)

Contact PetRelocation for help with pet transport to the United Arab Emirates (or another destination).


PetRelocation Team





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By Ganesh Nayak on March 19, 2018 at 1:28 am

Dear Sir,DOBBI is (Yorki Dog) 5 years old. Since I am planning to relocate to Dubai, I am planning to import ( carry my pet with me) We have imported Dobbi from Dubai in Dec, 2015. Since, We are planning to relocate to Dubaii, please quote your best price at your earliest.Dobbi’s DetailRelocating From : BangaloreRelocating To : Dubai U.A.E.Date of Relocation : May, 2018Preferred Airlines : Any airlinePet Owner’s Name (as in passport) : Ganesh Manjanath NayakDetails of PetDog or Cat : DogName :DobbiBreed : Yorkshire TerrierAge : 5 YearsWeight : 5Kgs.Sex : MaleColour : BlackMicrochip No : 900182000097153Date of microchipping : Before 04.12.2013Last rabies vaccination date : 12.03.2018Next Rabies vacc. due date : 12.03.2019Last DHLPPi vaccination date :12.03.2018Next DHLPPi vacc. due date :12.03.2019Dimensions of Pet in INCHES Attached diagram on how to measure your petATIP OF NOSE TO ROOT OF THE TAIL : 47cmBFROM THE GROUND TO THE CHEST : 14cmCTHE WIDTH OF THE SHOULDERS : 15cmDFROM THE FLOOR TO THE TIP OF THE EARS : 34cmDimensions of pet crate : (if any) 41 Cm X 37 Cm X 60 CmWeight of Crate : 2.5kgsDestination Address & Tel No.: 1907 Juma Al Majid Al Nada Residential Complex, Sharjah Mobile :00971 56 7325444INDIA Address & Tel No.: Cottage 718, Devanahalli, Bangalore 562110 mobile : 9987260156Whether owner will be travelling on the same flight : YesRegards,Ganesh NayakMobile: 9987260156

By Ganesh Nayak on March 2, 2018 at 8:31 am

Dear Sir, I was living in Dubai and after my retirement I have imported my pet to India in December,2015. I am planning to relocate to Dubai. All vaccination records are up-to-date. Please let me know the procedure to 're-export my pet.Looking forward to see your reply soon.Regards , Ganesh Nayak Mobile: 0091 9987260156

By on March 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm

Hi Ganesh! In order to provide guidance we need a little more information about your move. Please fill out this form if you would like one of our relocation consultants to contact you with more information about moving your pet to the UAE from India. In the meantime, you can review a list of import requirements here. We look forward to hearing from you!

By Ganesh Nayak on March 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

Dear Sir,I was living in Dubai and after my retirement I have imported my pet to India in December,2015. I am planning to relocate to Dubai. All vaccination records are up-to-date. Please let me know the procedure to 're-export my pet.Looking forward to see your reply soon.Regards , Ganesh Nayak Mobile: 0091 9987260156

By Ankur Kwatra on February 22, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Hi ..I am moving to Dubai with my 3 yrs old Labrador. Please guide me through with all the processes and paperwork required. Thanks

By Primi shrivastava on November 28, 2017 at 6:38 am

HiI am relocating to Dubai from Mumbai with my 6 month old cat. Can you help me out with the entire procedure and total cost for the same. Thanks

By Andy on August 9, 2017 at 9:07 am

Hi there,Is there any way to get a dog from Doha to Dubai in the current situation between the two countries?Thanks

By on August 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

Hi Andy, as far as we know Qatar's restrictions are still in effect, but we recommend using to find a local agent who may have more up-to-date information. Hope this helps, good luck!

By James on May 21, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I'm in the process of moving to Dubai from the US and would like t o bring my 2 cats. They are fully vacinated and are microchiped. I was hoping to understand a ruff estimate around the costs of such a move for them as well as some of the procedures that need to take place prior to thier arrival in Dubai.

Thank you in advance,


By sara on April 7, 2011 at 4:07 am

Dear Sir/ Madam
I decided to come to Dubai with my son(dog) from Iran . I have a dog which is 7 years old Terrier . he is about 20 kilograms and I did vaccinate him during all these years , so he is in a perfect health condition.
Please tell me what should I do and what can you do for me.Is there any quarantine condition when he arrives?

And also if you can do it completely for me.
thanks for your help in advance.
faithfully yours,

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