What to Know About Importing Dogs and Cats to UAE

Are you considering a move to the United Arab Emirates? You can arrange pet transport to the UAE with the proper planning. Before travel, make sure your dog has a microchip for identification purposes and that it was implanted prior to the administration of the rabies vaccine. A rabies antibody titer test with results of 0.5 IU/ml or above is also required.

Before bringing a dog to the UAE, ensure your dog has had vaccinations for canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHLPP) and Bordetella. You will also need to obtain an import permit as well as an international health certificate with USDA endorsements within 10 days of travel.

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Regulations for Importing Pets to the United Arab Emirates

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.


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 ISO standard 11785. The UAE 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 21 days old.

Rabies Antibody Titer Test

After the rabies vaccination (at least 21 days later), pets must receive a rabies antibody titer test to ensure that the rabies vaccination has provided adequate rabies antibody levels and must be tested by a government-approved facility. Your vet will send these to the approved lab. Please have your vet call them before sending to make sure they are aware of the delivery and the destination location. The results of the blood test must be 0.5 IU/ml or above. Your vet will need to scan your pet’s microchip prior to the blood draw for the titer test. 

Additional Vaccines

Dogs: Canine Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (DHLPP). Bordetella (also known as "kennel cough" vaccine) is required for pets who are boarding and generally recommended for pet safety.

Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP).

These should be valid at the time of import and administered no less than two weeks before export date for maximum effectiveness.

Parasite treatments (internal and external) are also required within 14 days of departure. An export vet appointment is required within 10 days of departure, so we recommend having the parasite treatment done at this appointment.

Import Permit

Your PetRelocation Specialist will obtain this on your behalf. Please note that the import permit can take from three days to two weeks to obtain and is valid for one month from the date of issue.

APHIS Form 7001

This form 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 arriving from the United States) for the correct endorsement.

USDA Endorsements

The following must be sent to your local USDA for their stamp of approval. Please contact your PetRelocation Specialist to learn more about best way to manage this.

  • Rabies Certificate
  • Vaccine Certificate
  • International Health Certificate (APHIS Form 7001)

Additional Details

In order for us to successfully clear customs we will need the following documents supplied prior to the pet’s arrival:

  • Copy of the Pet Owner’s Passport
  • Signed Customs Clearance Form (your Specialist will provide this)

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