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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put the pet into quarantine, return the pet to the country of origin, or destroy the pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.

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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia does not quarantine healthy pets who meet the following requirements:

Note: For dogs entering Saudi Arabia you must indicate on the paperwork that the dog is being imported as a service dog, guard dog or a hunting dog. Only 2 pets are permitted per family. Pets must arrive as manifest cargo.

The following breeds are banned from entry: Japanese Spitz, Japanese Akita / Akita Imu / Akita, Affenpinscher, Griffon Bruxellois / Brussels Griffon / Brabaneon / Belgian Griffon, Hovawart, Boxer, Bull Dog / English Bull Dog, Rottweiler, Stafford Bull Terrier, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Swedish Valhunde / Swedish Cattle Dog / Vasgoispats, Mastiff / Old English Mastiff / Bull Mastiff / Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Great Dane / Deutscher Dogge, and Leon Bergehni. Also, small dogs like Yorkies, Pomeranians and Chihuahuas are also prohibited.

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Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the oerson responsible for the pet.

Other Animals: All other pets (birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits) are not subject to the regulations in respect of the anti-rabies vaccination but may have to meet other requirements and have a health certificate to accompany them. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.

If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES).  You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Search their database. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.

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The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Saudi Arabia. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.

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Posted on 2013-04-19 19:14:54.0
hello , I want send my cat from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan , tell me in detail what I do?
Posted on 2013-06-27 14:09:46.0
My Friend needs to Travel her cat To Jizan From saudi arbia riyadh to jizan so how.
Posted on 2013-07-12 17:30:37.0

Because you are traveling within the country, your cat should be micro chipped, vaccinated and accompanied by a health certificate. If you are traveling by air, you can check with your airline for any requirements they may have.
Posted on 2013-07-17 03:56:31.0

It is not difficult to bring a pet to Pakistan. You will need a current rabies vaccination and a health certificate. Details here:
Posted on 2013-07-17 03:58:05.0
I want to get a pet from outside Saudi to Saudi .. What do I need ?
Posted on 2013-07-17 15:20:02.0
Hi, I want to send my cat from Taiwan to Saudi Arabic, which kind of document I need to prepare? please tell me.. Thank you!
Posted on 2013-07-19 04:20:20.0
As you can see from the instructions above, Saudi Arabia has a more complex process for pets. There are many approvals required. I would suggest that you go here and get the instructions and forms. The cost is reasonable for the effort it would take. The forms can be emailed to you.
Posted on 2013-08-02 18:49:21.0
It depends on the pet and whether it is a dog (if it is) that can be classified as a hunting or guard dog. Here is a link to the instructions and forms:
Posted on 2013-08-02 18:51:40.0
I want to take my quaker parrot with me to saudi arabia , what do I need to do?
Posted on 2013-08-07 22:56:28.0
Hi Haya, have you been able to take your bird with you to KSA? I am wondering about the process of shipping it to KSA. I do have an African gray bird :) . Thanks
Posted on 2013-09-21 22:15:20.0
I will travel with my dog from Dubai to Doha. I have export documents from Dubai and import documents from Qatar. Could you please let me know,In saudi border is there any extra document required.
Posted on 2013-10-05 13:02:27.0
They will possibly treat it as another luggage :)
Posted on 2013-10-05 14:10:23.0
I have Maltese 5 months old, I am going to Pakistan from Jizan Saudi Arabia & interested to bring my dog with me. What is the procedure plz guide me. Thanks .Zafar
Posted on 2013-10-22 13:24:40.0
It is very difficult to bring a pet to India unless you are moving there. You can find details here:
Posted on 2013-12-03 02:20:18.0
Pakistan is pretty pet friendly. You will need a health certificate and proof of rabies vaccination. You can find details here:
Posted on 2013-12-03 02:21:44.0
Hi, I want to send my pet rabbit from uk to Saudia Arabia. What kind of documents and requirements are there? Please help. Thanks
Posted on 2014-01-02 11:19:26.0
Hi i want to take my persian cat from Hyderabad in India to Jeddah KSA
Posted on 2014-01-22 14:04:01.0
Mariam - We do not have requirements for importing a rabbit to Saudi Arabia. It is certain that, if it is permitted, an Import Permit is required. You need to contact the Ministry of Agriculture for that. Sorry I could not be of more help.
Posted on 2014-01-24 18:28:38.0
Nausheen - You can find the requirements for importing your cat to Saudi Arabia here: You will need an agent in Saudi Arabia to apply for an entrance notification.
Posted on 2014-01-24 18:31:22.0
Hello, I want to take my pet rabbit from saudi arabia to india. Please let me know about the details. Thankyou
Posted on 2014-01-27 21:21:55.0
We do not have information regarding bringing a rabbit to India. You may need an import license from the Ministry of Commerce. Certainly, a health certificate will be required.
Posted on 2014-01-28 04:33:43.0
PetTravel ministry of commerce of which country?
Posted on 2014-01-29 11:51:56.0
Gifty James The Ministry of Commerce in India. Or the Embassy may be able to help you.
Posted on 2014-01-30 04:36:06.0
PetTravel : thankyou soo much for your help :)
Posted on 2014-01-30 07:22:46.0
Hello,I want to bring with me my 'persian cat" from Saudi Arabia to Philippines.What kind of Document and requirements are there?Please Guide me..Thank you..Madam/Sir...
Posted on 2014-02-01 19:36:30.0
Ranilo - you can find import requirements for taking your cat to the Philippines here: For export, you will need an export certificate from the Ministry of Agriculture in Saudi Arabia as well as proof of rabies vaccination, health certificate, your passport and microchip number of your pet.
Posted on 2014-02-02 18:58:45.0
Are shi tzu breed allowed in saudi?
Posted on 2014-02-15 13:21:02.0
hellow... i want to bring some pigeons to india,can you please explain about the procedure..?
Posted on 2014-02-22 08:33:35.0
Rinshad - it is our understanding that the import of birds is not permitted into India.
Posted on 2014-02-23 15:07:02.0
hey,i want to take my cat from saudi arabia to pakistan and also take her back from pakistan to saudi.what kind of documents and requirement are there? please help me.thanks.
Posted on 2014-03-08 18:36:06.0
Hi Faaiza - to take a pet to Pakistan, you need to have proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate. You can find details and links to instructions and forms here: How soon will you be returning to Saudi Arabia?
Posted on 2014-03-10 03:32:00.0
Saudi Arabia's regulations do not specify that this breed is banned. You may want to ask the Embassy. Your vet needs to indicate that your dog is being imported as a guard or hunting dog.
Posted on 2014-03-10 03:35:02.0
I wan to bring my cat from philippines to saudi what do i need !?
Posted on 2014-03-22 14:00:14.0
Hi Mannal - your cat will need a microchip, rabies vaccination, health certificate, import permit and authorization letters. The Saudi Consulate must endorse the papers. You can find the details and links to complete instructions and all templates and forms necessary here: Let us know if you have further questions.
Posted on 2014-03-22 20:18:35.0
My pomeranian was from saudi arabia and i brought here in the PHilippines for vacation & i want him back again with me in Riyadh...what is the process...please help
Posted on 2014-03-29 18:40:07.0
Cecille - your pet will need a microchip, proof of rabies vaccination, import permit and a veterinary certificate endorsed by the Saudi Consulate. You can find other requirements as well as a link to complete instructions and forms required to take a pet to Saudi Arabia here:
Posted on 2014-04-03 03:55:39.0
Hi there, I was wanting to take my dog to Saudi, he's a staffordshire bull terrier cross, but it looks like it may be a banned breed there, however he is not a pedigree staff. Also there is a comment below with someone wanting to take a pomeranian which you have said would be ok but that seems to be on the banned list above also, so I thought I'd ask.. Is it going to be possible?
Posted on 2014-04-03 11:33:24.0
My spouse received a job with Saudi Aramco. We are schedule to leave in 3 weeks. I never thought my registered service dog would be an issue importing into the country. I have now discovered as of last night, that all "toy" breeds are not allowed. She is a tiny 6 pound Bolognese. I don't know what to do. She is current with all her shots...has a microchip...a certificate showing she is a registered dog for "emotional" need. in addition to me having a doctor's note. What can I do to get my tiny toy breed through the process? In addition, I will be in and out of the country every two an equal amount of time state side as I will be in Saudi and my dog will travel with me each time.
Posted on 2014-04-04 18:42:25.0
hi sir madam ,,we will go home to the philippines 11 months from now for good,, would ask what i need to do to take my 2cats with us i mean what procedure??, were located here at dammam saudi arabia,, please help i dont wnat to left them here..
Posted on 2014-04-07 10:39:13.0
Hello Sadi - your cats will need to be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to entering the Philippines. You will also need an Import Permit and a veterinary certificate endorsed by the Philippine Consulate in Saudi Arabia. You can find details here: There will also be export requirements for your country. You will need to contact the agency in the government responsible for the import and export of animals.
Posted on 2014-04-08 02:17:44.0
You should contact an agent that serves Saudi Arabia and ask how this is can be done. You can find one at Search for pet transporters in SA.
Posted on 2014-04-08 02:19:08.0
Saudi Arabia is not a typical country to import a pet. When we first started studying it, Yorkies were banned. Now SA has expanded their ban to all toy breeds. This is hard to understand, but it is their law. Most countries that ban breeds also ban their crosses (or mixed breeds). It depends on the appearance of your dog. If it does not look like one of the banned breeds and it is presented as a mixed breed... The UK even puts out a brochure on the characteristics it looks for: (scroll down to the bottom) All said, it is the customs agent who will decide.
Posted on 2014-04-08 02:50:47.0
Good evening sir/madam...i want to bring my 2 zhirazy cat from saudi to philippines this coming june and both of them are full baccine.and also they have microchip health certificate and the papers from ministry of agriculture i will get 1 week be4 my flight.i just wanna ask what else i need to do and how much it cost for both of them and do i need single cage for them? Thank you sir/madam..
Posted on 2014-04-08 19:44:39.0
Hello Jay - you will need an Import Permit from the Bureau of Animal Industry. You will also need to get your health certificate endorsed by the Philippine Consulate in SA. You can find details and links to forms and instructions here: The cost and cage requirements are determined by your airline so you would contact them for details.
Posted on 2014-04-13 15:27:17.0
Hi, what is the exact procedure and documents needed for taking an African Grey Parrot from Lebanon to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia? Thanks in advance for the help
Posted on 2014-04-14 18:20:57.0
Tariq - birds are not permitted to enter Saudi Arabia as they are considered exotic. Exotic and non domestic pets are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia unless used for government purposes.
Posted on 2014-04-15 14:27:41.0
PetTravel, thanks for your reply, how do pet shops that currently sell parrots in saudi arabia get them in originally?
Posted on 2014-04-15 23:24:48.0
Tariq Nihad Unless they are bred in the country, we cannot speculate how they arrived.
Posted on 2014-04-17 03:40:49.0

hi, i live in KSA and want to take few pigeons with myself from KSA to Pakistan as excess baggage. i need to know what documents required to show at KSA airport ?
Posted on 2014-04-30 10:22:58.0
Hi Muhammad - we do not have export requirements for birds leaving Saudi Arabia. Try contacting Customs at the airport and inquire.
Posted on 2014-05-02 03:41:21.0
I want to take my parrot from india to jeddah.what will be the document required for this
Posted on 2014-05-21 08:19:34.0
Saranghae - you should travel with your bird and need an Import Permit from National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development
Posted on 2014-05-24 23:37:48.0
Tariq - we understand that birds are permitted to enter Saudi Arabia with their owners and an import permit from National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development.
Posted on 2014-05-24 23:40:31.0
Hi, my cross terrier was born in saudi i would like to take here with me to lebanon for summer which is approximately 2months and get her back with me what is the procedure and documents i need
Posted on 2014-05-26 19:10:40.0
Gayelle - to enter Lebanon, your pet will need a microchip, proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to entry and a veterinary certificate. You can find details here: Entering Saudi Arabia is a bit more difficult requiring an import permit, permission from the Director of Customs and more. Not sure how long you will be out of the country, but if it is a short time, some of the requirements may be different. You can find information here:
Posted on 2014-05-26 21:21:25.0
When it says small breeds are prohibited from entering is there a list of what kinds or does anyone know if dachshund are allowed?
Posted on 2014-05-28 04:45:49.0
You can reach them at 966 1 441 8447. You may consider having an agent to assist you with getting the import certificate and other arrangements. You can search at
Posted on 2014-05-30 03:48:46.0
I got pitbull and I want to get her back with my to Saudi Arabia :) can't leave here or sell her :(( ?!
Posted on 2014-05-30 07:25:36.0
ill look after her bruv. leave her with me
Posted on 2014-05-30 13:04:30.0
Alysha - you must be able to convince officials that your dog, whatever the breed, classifies as a guard dog or hunting dog.
Posted on 2014-05-30 21:45:33.0
I have a German Shepard and Spitz both are not pedegree can I bring them to Saudi from India
Posted on 2014-06-17 07:58:08.0
Need to get my cat from cairo for one month with my wife. What r docs needed from cairo and what r docs needed from saudi to take her back after 1 month
Posted on 2014-06-17 13:56:15.0
i know the documents.
Posted on 2014-06-17 13:56:57.0
Mohamed - the requirements are listed here: Your pet must have a microchip, rabies vaccination, import permit, customs letter and entrance notification.
Posted on 2014-06-18 04:13:37.0
There should be no problem with the German Shepard and if the Spitz is of medium or large variety, they both should classify as guard dogs (which is necessary). You will need to follow the procedure on this page in order to avoid problems. It helps to have someone in Saudi to assist:
Posted on 2014-06-18 04:24:57.0
Is the banned dog list updated? I have a bullmastiff which I would like to bring to Jeddah. Thanks
Posted on 2014-06-19 21:44:55.0
We are not aware that the dangerous dog list has been updated. You can contact the Saudi Embassy to confirm.
Posted on 2014-06-20 14:20:03.0
I need to find an agent in Saudi Arabia that can ship some pets from Dammam to the Philippines. Does anybody know of an agent here in Dammam?
Posted on 2014-06-24 18:29:40.0
The process for bringing a cat into Saudi Arabia is outlined here: You should check with a local agent for the answer to your first question.
Posted on 2014-06-25 04:15:01.0
We are members of IPATA which is an international organization of worldwide transporters You can search for one there:
Posted on 2014-06-25 04:15:48.0
Hello, I would like to know if i can take my pet rabbit from saudi arabia to the united states? Pls fill me with the details. Thankyou
Posted on 2014-07-10 06:44:43.0
The US does not have specific regulations regarding the import of rabbits. A health certificate would certainly be in order. Most likely your rabbit would need to travel as checked baggage in the hold of the aircraft.
Posted on 2014-07-17 02:52:41.0
Richard - it may depend on how long you will be gone and where you are going. As you may know, your dog must be classified as a guard or hunting dog and many smaller breeds are not allowed. An Import Permit is required as well so you would have to plan ahead. Generally, once you leave a country, you re-enter it as a new import.
Posted on 2014-07-17 02:59:15.0
We cannot advise you to bring a pet into a foreign country illegally. You are putting your pet at great risk. Wish we had an answer. Try contacting the Embassy.
Posted on 2014-07-17 03:03:12.0
How can i get a travel permit for my bringing my bunny to the philippines.
Posted on 2014-07-21 02:48:57.0
You will need to contact the Bureau of Animal Industry in the Philippines.
Posted on 2014-07-22 04:36:39.0
Anita - sorry for the delayed response as we did not catch your post. Service animals are subject to the same rules as regular animals. You can find the regulations here: Although your Papillon is not on the banned breed list, it is a small dog and that is a concern as many small dogs are not permitted entry to Saudi Arabia. You will need an Import Permit and be sure and specify clearly that your pet is a service animal. It is not required that animals arrive as cargo, so it should be permitted as long as your airline is Ok with it.
Posted on 2014-07-22 04:42:57.0
What about a Great Pyrenees? What's the issue with a Newf other than a heavy coat? Our Pyrenees has a heavy coat but is mainly white.
Posted on 2014-07-22 23:56:57.0
Going to KSA
Posted on 2014-07-23 00:03:21.0
Adrienne - Great Pyrenees are not listed on the banned breed list, but you need to list it as a guard or hunting dog (which it is..) These lists are made up of breeds known to be dangerous but also likeluy breeds which have contributed to an incident.
Posted on 2014-07-23 03:57:03.0
How can I bring 3 cats to Riyadh please?
Posted on 2014-07-24 08:35:31.0
Hello Barbara - your cats will need to be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies to enter Saudi Arabia. You will need an Import Permit, a letter to the Director of Customs and a veterinary certificate completed for them. You can find details and a link to complete instructions and forms required here:
Posted on 2014-07-25 14:04:05.0
Many thanks for your reply. i was worried because I had been told the limit was 2 cats per family? They are all micrchipped with Pet passports.
Posted on 2014-07-25 15:13:04.0
Do you know how much the Pet Import Permit should cost? I am taking care of the paper work from my vet, the USDA, and I found an agent in DC who can send the paper work to the Saudi Embassy. The person listed on the paper work I got from you to help with import certificate only works in Jeddah. I am going to Riyadh. Move One said they can help but didn't say how much they charge. What is an appropriate cost? Many thanks!
Posted on 2014-07-30 03:12:08.0
We are not aware of a requirement for an import permit for Saudi Arabia. There is a letter to customs that is filled out by the veterinarian but there is no charge to submit that document.
Posted on 2014-07-31 12:33:57.0
Barbara Ann Annells We are not aware of a limit of cats per family when entering Saudi Arabia. They should be listed as "Companion Cats"
Posted on 2014-07-31 12:53:56.0
If you have a pomerian and it is classified as service dog is it still prohibited.
Posted on 2014-08-03 08:27:45.0
PetTravel In the 'requirements' section above you list this: Import Permit from the Ministry of Agriculture I am not sure how to obtain this.
Posted on 2014-08-04 17:27:16.0
Jaimie - Saudi Arabia will only accept hunting and guard dogs. We are not aware of any exceptions to this regulation.
Posted on 2014-08-06 04:11:14.0
Adria - the import permit required for entering the country must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture by a resident of Saudi Arabia on your behalf.
Posted on 2014-08-06 04:18:17.0
Can I bring Tarantulas from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia?
Posted on 2014-08-11 12:34:06.0
Jhuzz - we don't have information on bringing arachnids to SA. However, permission to import a pet must be applied for before bringing the pet into the country. This can be done by applying in person at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Agriculture. You may need an agent to assist.
Posted on 2014-08-13 04:10:41.0
I am going to be working in Saudi Arabia and not sure about being able to bring my dog. The reason is he is a an unknown mix breed. He is a medium size dog and brindle so at times he looks like a pitbull but the vet is constantly changing his breed because they dont really know either. If i apply for him to come and list mixed breed do they require anything further, or would they base it off how the dog looks, or a letter from the vet saying its a mixed but not any of the prohibited breeds? Also if it was approved and then an officer or someone saw him and thought it looked like a banned breed would they take him or let me send him home? Or would I get in trouble? Any advise would be great. If all else he can stay with family in the States but it would be nice to have him.
Posted on 2014-08-16 08:38:12.0
Juan - it is most difficult to predict enforcement of any requirements when pets enter country and banned breed determinations are no exception . Certainly, behavior is important. Certainly, your vet needs to list your dog as a mixed breed. All dogs entering Saudi Arabia must be classified as guard or hunting dogs, and so your dog would fit into the guard dog category. Beyond that, my suggestion would be to ask your employer for a recommendation or contact the Embassy and inquire.
Posted on 2014-08-16 21:57:32.0
Hello! I'm a Saudi student in Malaysia, I have a cat and I want to take her home with me to Jeddah, are there extra requirements, other than the mentioned above, for traveling in between these two countries..?
Posted on 2014-08-20 13:15:32.0