What to Know About Importing Dogs and Cats to Saudi Arabia
To be clear, bringing pets to Saudi Arabia can be a difficult process and, depending on your pet’s breed, may not even be possible. That being said, we'd be happy to help you explore your options. Above all, it’s import to do some research and consult with a pet shipping expert before making (or abandoning) your travel plans.
Many of Saudi Arabia’s pet transport requirements are quite standard: pets should be microchipped and pet owners should gather a Rabies Certificate and Health Certificate, for example, however the country imposes strict breed restrictions which impede the process for many.
Only dogs that can be classified as “working dogs” may enter Saudi Arabia, which means it’s especially difficult to import small dogs. For more information about managing this process, contact your PetRelocation Specialist.
Read on to find out more about transporting dogs to Saudi Arabia.
Regulations for Importing Pets to Saudi Arabia
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.
Before beginning the import procedures, make sure that your vet is approved by the Government Veterinary Authority in the country of origin. For example, if a pet is departing the United States, the vet will need to be USDA Accredited.
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 Annex A to ISO standard 11785. Saudi Arabia currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.
Rabies Vaccination and Certificate
All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate signed by the vet. The rabies vaccine must be at least 30 days old and less than six months old at the time of departure.
Dogs: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella.
Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus and Panleukopenia (FVRCP).
These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.
Dog Import Restrictions
All dogs wishing to enter Saudi Arabia must be classified as “working dogs” (i.e. watch dogs, seeing eye dogs, hunting dogs, etc.). The purpose of such dogs must be shown in a Veterinary Certificate. Permission must be obtained prior to arrival from an embassy or consulate of Saudi Arabia.
APHIS Form 7001
This should be issued within 10 days of departure and your vet should have these in stock. This is an international health certificate that needs to be completed by your vet and sent to the USDA (if you’re departing from the United States) for the correct endorsement. In addition, the certificate will need to be sent to the Saudi Embassy in Washington D.C. for further endorsements. Please speak to your PetRelocation Specialist regarding this portion of this process.
All original documentation must travel with the pets.
Several customs letters may be required for pet transport to Saudi Arabia. Some require a signature from the client's employer and endorsement at a local Chamber of Commerce in Saudi Arabia. Please see your PetRelocation Specialist for more details.