South Africa Dog Transport Services

What to Know About Bringing a Dog to South Africa

Bringing Dogs to South Africa - Two dogs sitting on a couchBringing dogs to South Africa can be a smooth process with the right preparation and with the help of experts.

Learn about the requirements for dog transport to South Africa below, and don't forget to start crate training your dog in an airline-approved travel crate in the weeks before your move to ensure they'll be feeling as calm and comfortable as possible on move day.

Regulations for Importing Dogs 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 dog 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.

Rabies Vaccine

Dogs should have a valid rabies vaccination no more than one year old but older than 30 days.

Blood Tests

Dogs must have blood work completed for Babesia gibsoni, Dirofilaria immitis, Leishmania, and Trypanosoma evansi within 30 days of departure by an approved laboratory.

Veterinary Health Certificate

Dogs 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.

Additional Details

  • All dogs 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.

  • Dogs 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 dogs arriving from the United States.

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