Saudi Arabia Pet Passport Regulations
Permit to Import from the Ministry of Agriculture is required to enter Saudi Arabia. The permit must be obtained by the owner or a person representing the owner in Saudi Arabia.
Your pet will need proof of current vaccination against rabies at least 30 days but not more than one year before entering Saudi Arabia. Three year vaccines are not recognized.
Blood Titer Test
A blood titer test is not required to enter Saudi Arabia from any country.
A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Saudi Arabia Veterinary Certificate or endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. It also needs to be endorsed by the Saudi Embassy or Consulate in your country.
Other Forms Required
A Letter to the Director of Customs in Saudi Arabia is required notifying them of your pet's arrival. The final step is to apply for an entrance notification. This must be done in Saudi Arabia either by the company for which you work or by an agent in Saudi Arabia.
Other InformationFor 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 air cargo.
Entering Saudi Arabia by Air
Pets can enter Saudi Arabia at the international airport in Riyadh or Dammam. Notice should be given to veterinary officials so they will be available to inspect your pet upon landing.
Puppies and Kittens
and kittens that are not yet 3 months old should not
be vaccinated for rabies, they may not enter Saudi Arabia
until 30 days after their rabies vaccination.
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, All Terriers, 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. Wolf hybreds are not permitted. Also, small dogs like Yorkies, Pomeranians and Chihuahuas are also prohibited.
Exporting Pets Living in Saudi Arabia
Pets leaving Saudi Arabia will need to be microchipped, have proof of vaccinations, a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, an export permit and a copy of the owner's passport.
Rabbits and birds are not permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Saudi Arabia 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. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com 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 your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your 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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