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.

Vaccination

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 www.britvet.com. (Click on the pet travel link.)

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

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By Jo Struthers on August 16, 2018 at 10:54 am

Hi,I am relocating to Dubai from UK with my cat. My vet has given him a Nobivac 3 year rabies vaccination. This is his first rabies jab. I am concerned that he should have had a 1 year vaccination to start and will not be allowed entry. Please could you clarify whether this vaccination is suitable or should I get him revaccinated.Thank you
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By Zeenat Mistry on August 2, 2018 at 8:00 am

Hi , I am in process of going to Dubai with my 2yrs female persian cat want to know the procedure n even how much will be the expense for the same
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on August 3, 2018 at 9:44 am

Hi Zeenat! Here are the requirements for moving pets to Dubai. Specific regulations will depend on your cat's origin country. In terms of costs, pricing is customized to fit the needs of our clients. We might not be the right fit for you, but if you fill out our Arrange A Move a consultant will reach out to you soon. Feel free to review our blog post about costs here as well. Thanks!
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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
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By cquezada@petrelocation.com 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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com 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 IPATA.org to find a local agent who may have more up-to-date information. Hope this helps, good luck!
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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,

James
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