Kuwait Pet Import Rules and Requirements

Preparing to transport pets to Kuwait means learning about the import requirements and allowing plenty of time for crate training, gathering the correct paperwork, and finding pet friendly housing in your new home.

Specifically, bringing pets to Kuwait will require an import permit, microchip, and various other items (including a copy of the pet owner's passport details). An International Health Certificate is also needed.

Feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of shipping pets to Kuwait? Read on to find out more about the process, contact the relevant authorities if you have questions, and consider hiring expert assistance to handle your pet's move to Kuwait smoothly.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to Kuwait

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.


All pets need to be implanted with a microchip compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785).


All pets need to have full vaccinations.

Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Leptospirosis, (DHLPP) and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP), and Rabies within the last 12 months or a minimum of 4 weeks before arrival.

International Health Certificate

The APHIS Form 7001 should be issued within 10 days of departure. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet and sent to the USDA for the correct endorsement. Speak to your PetRelocation Specialist regarding the USDA portion of this process.

Import Permit

Your PetRelocation Specialist will apply for the import permit on your behalf. Up to two pets may be on the same import permit.

Additional Details

The following documentation needs to be present at the time of customs clearance. Please provide these to your PetRelocation Specialist prior to your pet's departure:

  • Copy of the Pet Owner’s Passport
  • Copy of the Pet Owner's Civil ID (front and back) if importing dogs

Banned Breeds

The following breeds are banned from entering Kuwait:

  • Pitbull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier and all mixes
  • Staffordshire Terrier and their mixes
  • Mastiffs and their mixes
  • American Bulldog
  • Rottweiler
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Wolf Hybrids
  • Great Dane
  • Dogue de Bordeux
  • Shar Pei
  • First generation Bengal cats (a CITES permit is required for second through fourth generation Bengal cats)

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