Ready to start planning your move? Bringing your cats to South Africa can be easier than you think with the proper planning and when you allow yourself plenty of time.
Keep reading to learn more about how to transport cats to South Africa, and don't hesitate to reach out for assistance if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the import requirements.
Regulations for Importing Cats to South Africa
Attention: Precise regulations can change at any time, so be sure to double check with the appropriate authorities or with your PetRelocation Consultant to find the most current and accurate information available.
Each cat 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. South Africa currently accepts AVID 9 and AVID 10 in addition to ISO. The microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccine is administered.
Cats should have a valid rabies vaccination no more than one year old but older than 30 days.
Veterinary Health Certificate
Cats need to be examined by an official veterinarian within 10 days of export and need to be found to be free from internal and external parasites, contagious and infectious diseases, and must overall be deemed fit to travel. This test date and the results should be noted on the South African Veterinary Health Certificate required to enter the country.
US Health Certificate
At the same time, a US Health Certificate needs to be issued. This will be required to board the airplane. This document is generally known as the APHIS Form 7001 and is valid for 10 days upon completion.
All cats must arrive in South Africa via manifest cargo.
An Import Permit is required for all pets -- your PetRelocation Coordinator will secure this on your behalf.
Pets must receive a heartworm treatment at the final vet appointment before departure and owners must bring a six month supply of heartworm prevention medication when they move.
No quarantine is required for cats arriving from the United States.