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Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to South Africa

South Africa does not quarantine healthy pets from certain countries* provided the pet has the proper paperwork and vaccinations for entering South Africa. There are several steps that must be undertaken.

This completes your cat or dog passport to South Africa.

Dog Passport South Africa

Dogs will be subject to a minimum of 14 days of quarantine unless they are entering from the following countries and are accompanied by the properly completed paperwork: United States, Canada, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Comoros, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Iceland , Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Reunion, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.

**Rabies vaccination for pets entering from Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom is not required but highly suggested.

Upon arrival in South Africa, you will present the Veterinary Certificate and the approved Import Permit to the quarantine officer. Cats with the original versions of a properly completed Import Permit and Veterinary Health Certificate will not be subject to quarantine.

 Dogs that will be quarantined on arrival in South Africa may only be imported into South Africa via Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports. Dogs and cats that are being imported from countries not subject to quarantine can also be imported into South Africa via Durban International Airport. Dogs and cats will not be allowed to enter South Africa via any other airport or port of entry (including land border posts).

In cases where quarantine of animals is required due to lack of proper paperwork, you must contact the Quarantine Officer at the port of entry prior to arrival. The Quarantine Officer will arrange the reservation for accommodation at the Quarantine Station and must complete the applicable part of the application form.

Your pet can fly to South Africa in-cabin if airline policies permit it, however, it will still be classified as manifest cargo and airline personnel must take possession of your pet when you land to process through veterinary inspection.

Puppies and Kittens: Puppies and kittens under three months of age do not need to be vaccinated for rabies. However, puppies and kittens less than 3 months of age can only travel to South Africa if the mother of the puppy or kitten has been vaccinated for rabies more than 30 days before and less than 12 months before the birth of the puppy or kitten. These pets must be vaccinated for rabies after arrival in South Africa at 3 months of age and proof of the vaccination must be presented to the South African Veterinary Authorities.

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like South Africa, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.

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 person responsible for your pet.

Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to South Africa. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.

Other Animals: Rabbits are not permitted to enter South Africa. Birds, 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 South Africa. 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.

Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.

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The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to South Africa. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com 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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janneque.bezuidenhout
what are the requirements to inporting a pet rat
Posted on 2013-10-10 14:23:44.0
alisha.m.yeager
What are the requirements for shipping guinea pigs
Posted on 2013-10-16 14:48:23.0
PetTravel
SA does not publich regs on guinea pigs. Try emailing the National Department of Agriculture: CDFVS@daff.za
Posted on 2013-10-27 21:14:47.0
PetTravel
SA does not publich regs on pet rats. Try emailing the National Department of Agriculture: CDFVS@daff.za
Posted on 2013-10-27 21:15:43.0
zeniel.demeyer
I just send the Department of Agrichulture an email regarding importing Hairless Pet Rats. Are there any new news of these rats regarding the import to South Africa?
Posted on 2013-10-29 13:31:29.0
PetTravel
I do not have information on whether South Africa will permit the import of pet rats. The DofA should respond. I wil make further inquiries.
Posted on 2013-11-01 20:26:54.0
AshleighWhitfield12
is ther a quarantine period for dogs coming form Zambia? If so what is this period? Is tehre any way of getting aorund it?
Posted on 2013-11-13 07:49:16.0
john.stafford.3956
They have to do the bungee at the railway bridge at Vic Falls??
Posted on 2013-11-13 08:02:47.0
PetTravel
Zambia is not one of the countries where quarantine is waived. A 14 day quarantine is the period for importing pets from other countries. I cannot advise you as to how to avoid this. Perhaps you may want to contact a local pet transporter for assistance. Go to IPATA.org and search for a pet transporter in South Africa.
Posted on 2013-11-23 14:48:17.0
rhodri.gronow
What's the Regulation in South Africa for immigration of Dogs?
Posted on 2013-11-29 00:57:43.0
PetTravel
You will need an Import Permit to enter the country. Your dog must be microchipped and vaccinated. Your dog must be blood tested for different diseases. A health certificate is also required. Quarantine of 14 days is required unless entering from a rabies free country. You can find details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/SouthAfrica.cfm
Posted on 2013-12-03 02:41:22.0
debbie.nagel.96
I am moving from Tanzania back to SA. What do i need for my dog? Will he be quarantined?
Posted on 2013-12-06 07:16:25.0
PetTravel
Your dog will be quarantined for 14 days upon entering SA. Your pup will need an Import Permit, 15 digit microchip, proof of rabies vaccination, blood tests for rabies and 5 other tests, and a health certificate. You can find details and links to forms and instructions here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/SouthAfrica.cfm
Posted on 2013-12-10 03:48:22.0
lj.nel1
My dog is due to fly from London to SA on the 9th of January, his blood has been sent to the lab but (due to being closed for the Xmas holidays) they can only send the results on the 13th of January. Help! Can I ask my vet to send his blood samples to a lab in SA? Thank you
Posted on 2013-12-21 01:19:54.0
marilee.germishuys.3
Please can anyone advise me how to avoid the 14 day quarantine period for dogs entering South Africa. I'm leaving from Thailand and as I understand it dogs from Thailand need to be quarantined for 14 days. I'm desperate to avoid the quarantine period. At the moment we are planning to fly to Namibia and then move our dog from Namibia to South Africa, as I understand it dogs entering from Namibia DO NOT need to be quarantined, however there has to be an easier way to get our dog into SA without having to quarantine it for 14 days. Any help / advise would be greatly appreciated.
Posted on 2013-12-21 05:14:12.0
PetTravel
Are the labs in SA able to meet your deadline?
Posted on 2013-12-23 00:21:00.0
lj.nel1
I have no idea... I wouldn't even know the lab that I need to contact in SA... Any ideas please?
Posted on 2013-12-23 00:52:57.0
candice.ries.7
Please can someone advise me about importing a cat from South Korea ! Will I have to quarantine her?
Posted on 2014-02-03 10:03:49.0
PetTravel
Cats are not routinely quarantined on arrival in South Africa. Your cat must have a valid import permit and a correctly completed health certificate, signed and stamped by a government veterinarian of the exporting country. If these documents are not available at the time of the cat’s arrival in South Africa, the cat will be kept in quarantine until the required documentation is presented at the quarantine station.
Posted on 2014-02-04 04:59:57.0
marta.modzelewskaamartakitakennel
Is the puppy must be vaccinated for rabies?
Posted on 2014-02-04 06:46:45.0
candice.ries.7
I would really like to use your service. I have just been told though that it's so rare to get a domestic fully vaccinated healthy cat from South Korea to South Africa. Is this true or is it a typical Korean translation problem?
Posted on 2014-02-04 09:04:14.0
PetTravel
Candice Ries Regulations to bring a dog into South Africa are more strict than those for a cat. We have not heard of cat owners having problems, but South Korea is not an area we serve. You can consult a pet transporter with your concern at IPATA.org if this would help..
Posted on 2014-02-05 01:41:16.0
ranenamia.ziyaad
What is the regulations for traveling from south africa ? If I am a south african citizhen do I also need a pet passport? How much would a pet passport cost me, and where do I get a pet passport if required?
Posted on 2014-02-14 13:12:42.0
marina.voroninax2
If I send a puppy from Russia at the age less than 3 months, his mother was vaccinated for rabies 6 months ago, is he subject to a minimum of 14 days of quarantine?
Posted on 2014-02-22 18:05:55.0
PetTravel
Pet passports are strictly for domesticated animals. If you are leaving South Africa with a pet, we would need to know what country you are traveling to in order to assist you. We do not have information on obtaining a passport or visa for a person.
Posted on 2014-02-23 15:09:28.0
melanie.wester.58
My dogs were imported from RSA into Mozambique March 2013 and we are now relocating back. Can I take them by road? Do they really need to be quarenteed?
Posted on 2014-03-10 11:46:36.0
PetTravel
Melanie - this is from RSA regulations for importing dogs and cats from Mozambique: These dogs can only be imported into South Africa with a veterinary import permit. The dogs need to have the necessary blood tests done prior to export and must be flown from Mozambique to either Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports were the dogs will be placed in Quarantine for 14 days and will be re tested according to the normal protocol for dogs in quarantine. The dogs may not enter South Africa by road.
Posted on 2014-03-13 04:22:29.0
PetTravel
Puppies under the age of 3 months do not need to be vaccinated for rabies and it is always good to have the mother's proof of rabies vaccination when traveling. The puppy should not require quarantine, but it will need an Import Permit and all other requirements must be met. You can find details and links to forms and instructions here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/SouthAfrica.cfm
Posted on 2014-03-13 04:26:35.0
PetTravel
Marta - not if the puppy is under 3 months of age.
Posted on 2014-03-13 04:26:57.0
marina.voroninax2
PetTravel , the puppy from Russia also should not require quarantine? For sure?
Posted on 2014-03-13 09:13:34.0
farhaad.suliman.7
I'd like to take my dogs to Greece and bring them back to South Africa after 8 Months. Will they need to be quarantined when they return to South Africa?
Posted on 2014-03-14 16:14:21.0
PetTravel
Hi Farhaad - your pet will not be quarantined when re-entering from Greece if they have an Veterinary Import Permit and Veterinary Health Certificate. That said, to go to Greece from SA will require a microchip, rabies vaccination (in that order), 30 day wait and a blood titer test at least 90 days prior to entry. You can find details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/greece.cfm.
Posted on 2014-03-15 03:12:03.0
jana.stastny
Hi, please help me understand this, ''Dogs and cats that are being imported from countries not subject to quarantine can also be imported into South Africa via Durban International Airport. Dogs and cats will not be allowed to enter South Africa via any other airport or port of entry (including land border posts).'' Is it CAN be or WILL be sent to Durban if they're NOT subject to quarantine? I'm going to cape Town and then from CT to George in the Western cape, and have read and applied for the required documentation. I really hope that they will be able to disembark in Cape Town and go on the new flight to George. It doesn't make sense if all my papers are in order and they're not subject to quarantine. Please clarify.
Posted on 2014-03-17 21:33:59.0
PetTravel
Jana - as you say that your pet will not be subject to quarantine because it is traveling from a country not subject to quarantine, it can enter SA at either Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban International Airports. Hope that addresses your question.
Posted on 2014-03-19 03:06:11.0
jana.stastny
PetTravel Thank you. I reconsidered taking them, it's too great a risk and a very, very long flight with 2 INTL stops and one domestic. And after speaking with Turkish Airlines and got told they would not need to be checked on or need water because they'd be ''sleeping'' for 11 hours straight to Istanbul and then another 10 to South Africa, I decided to find boarding here for the 7 weeks I'll be away. Shame on airlines for treating pets as nothing more than luggage when they charge so much for them. They stand to lose, with me at least, cuz they're staying put. The statistics of injuries, losses and deaths in america alone for short flights are staggering. I won't put my pets through the trauma and recipe for disaster. I'll miss them a lot though. Thanks for getting back to me.
Posted on 2014-03-19 03:15:55.0
jana.stastny
I'm not taking the risk of losing my dogs. Too great a risk. Thanks for the info. and to all, I wish you luck if you travel with your pet.
Posted on 2014-03-19 03:17:28.0
PetTravel
Jana Stastny Thank you for your comments, Jana. Sometimes, people have no choice because they are moving to another country. There are airlines that treat their furry passengers better than others, we agree. Especially when they make as much money as they do. Have a good trip. They will not forget you...
Posted on 2014-03-20 03:42:54.0
vonnie.boyd69
I have 2 dogs and am thinking of going to Africa to live with a job opportunity they both have passports and both upto date with worming and all vaccinations what else do I have I do to get them there ?
Posted on 2014-03-22 16:49:05.0
PetTravel
Vonnie - each country in Africa has different rules for the import of pets. To travel to South Africa, you will need an Import Permit, vaccinations and tests for 5 different diseases and a blood titer test within 30 days of entry. You can find information and links for instructions and all forms needed here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/SouthAfrica.cfm. If you are interested in traveling to other countries in Africa, you can find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm. Let us know if you have further questions.
Posted on 2014-03-23 14:15:06.0
laliemoorey
Hi I am relocating back to SA from Australia, can you plz give me advise on my 5 month old kelpie pup that I'm trying to take with
Posted on 2014-03-27 14:18:49.0
PetTravel
Carla - your pet must be microchipped. Rabies vaccination is optional but highly recommended. Your veterinarian will administer a Blood Titer Test within 30 days of entry and an import permit and health certificate is required. You can find details and links to complete instructions and all forms required here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/SouthAfrica.cfm You need to conform to export requirements from Australia. You can find them here: http://www.daff.gov.au/biosecurity/export/live-animals/companion. You need to contact the cargo department of an airline that flies the entire route as your pet needs to arrive in SA as manifest cargo. (it can arrive in the cabin, but generally, the airlines do not allow this unless your pet is a service or comfort animal.) Hope this helps. Let us know if you have further questions.
Posted on 2014-03-30 15:32:40.0
PetTravel
Marina Voronina You will need to have met the other requirements and also carry the Mother's vaccination papers.
Posted on 2014-04-02 03:46:13.0
lauren.karplus
I am taking my dog from Swaziland to the US, but am driving into SA to fly out of Joburg. Does she still need a microchip and all that extensive bloodwork if I'm leaving SA on the same day via plane?
Posted on 2014-04-13 08:24:55.0
gwendolynne.gwen.palmer.bangert
We are going on holiday to Sa from the netherlands for a month an would love to take our dog with. Would she be able to return with is with no. quarantaine priod?
Posted on 2014-04-14 22:25:34.0
hisham.yossery
Hi.i need to know if someone will sent to me a puppy to egypt what's the step we need how much it will be coast
Posted on 2014-04-19 15:00:38.0
PetTravel
Hisham - if the puppy is being sent to Egypt, it will need a microchip, proof of rabies vaccination and a veterinary certificate. The puppy should not have the rabies vaccination until it is 3 months old. You can find details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/egypt.cfm
Posted on 2014-04-20 03:54:40.0
PetTravel
Hi Gwen - there will be no quarantine if your pet is microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies. After 30 days, it will need a Blood Titer Test. Assuming acceptable results, your pet can enter the Netherlands 90 days after the date the blood was drawn. You need to get an Import Permit from the Director of Animal Health in SA before you leave. Once out of the country for more than 10 days, your pet will most likely be subject to regular import requirements for SA.
Posted on 2014-04-20 04:06:37.0
PetTravel
Hello Lauren - according to the Director of Animal Health, dogs and cats entering South Africa from Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Swaziland do not need an import permit. These dogs and cats need a health certificate that certifies that the dog or cat has been vaccinated against rabies in the last 12 months but more than 30 days before the date of departure. The cats and dogs need to have a health check within 7 days of export.
Posted on 2014-04-20 04:10:03.0
louise.birch.334
Hi. My dogs originally flew from SA to Zambia when we relocated. In the interim we have traveled by road from Zambia to Tanzania and back to Zambia with our dogs and crossed boarders with them by doing the import export permits with no issues. We are wanting to travel back by road with our dogs to SA. What document will be needed as we will be travelling through Botswana back to South Africa. Please advise as we would like to travel with them by road as it is the cheapest option.
Posted on 2014-05-07 10:28:16.0
PetTravel
Louise - if entering SA from Botswana, your dogs will need a rabies vaccination not more than 30 days prior to entry and a health certificate issued within 7 days of entry.
Posted on 2014-05-08 12:09:22.0
tanja.bouwer
Hi there, My dog will be travelling back to South Africa from Qatar. Will she need to be quarantined in South Africa?
Posted on 2014-05-10 18:36:55.0
PetTravel
Hi Tanja - SA considers Qatar as being a high rabies country, so your dog will be subject to 14 days of quarantine on entering SA.
Posted on 2014-05-11 14:51:36.0
tanja.bouwer
PetTravel Thanks for the reply. Even if she had the rabies test done one month ago before she left South Africa to come here? It was negative and I do have the results with me and she was vaccinated against it.
Posted on 2014-05-11 17:29:47.0
PetTravel
Tanja Kourie SA has provisions for pets that are out of the country for 10 days. Not sure if they would accept it or not. Try emailing jyotikar@daff.gov.za to inquire..
Posted on 2014-05-13 03:45:21.0
ceegibson
My dog is originally from SA. We have lived in Baku, Azerbaijan for three years and now it's time to head back to SA! What do I need to do to get him back home.
Posted on 2014-05-20 10:54:32.0
christine.dickie
Are you all going back home with him? If so that's great news for you all. xxx
Posted on 2014-05-20 11:09:57.0
PetTravel
Tiffany - where are your cats located currently?
Posted on 2014-05-22 03:36:45.0
michellewmears
Hi there, I have just been quoted almost £ 2,000 to import my Yorkshire terrier ( 4.8kg) from London to Cape Town. Is that a 'normal' amount to pay?
Posted on 2014-05-23 13:47:50.0
rentia.engelbrecht.7
Hi. I would like to take my dog to Belgium for two years. Can you please advise me about quarantine.
Posted on 2014-06-02 08:51:56.0
lara.frederiksen
Hey. I may have to move from south Africa to England and i was wandering how much it would cost to take 5 rats with me. If i could just get a quote on how much it might be per rat, plus if quarantine is necessary and how much that would be.
Posted on 2014-06-03 21:37:46.0
claire.whittlelong
I am taking 2 dogs from London to JHB, they are 30 & 20 kg. the flight are just under £2000 and the vaccinations, certificates and tests etc are just over £1000
Posted on 2014-06-04 14:30:27.0
francine.madden1
hi I am taking my miniature poodle from London to Cape town in July. I am doing all the VET things now. She has had a rabies vaccination. ***What is the blood titer test? Is it a test for rabies?**** or is it just a test for all the other diseases as named above? Also, how much customs fees did you pay for doggie on arrival in SA? My friend is getting our dog in Cape Town, as our flight is a bit later. Sorry another question - does the friend need to have the original health cert and blood tests info with her or do it travel with the dog?
Posted on 2014-06-04 17:21:54.0
PetTravel
Francine - the titer test measures the rabies antibody count in the blood. Your vet must administer it and it must be processed at an approved lab. (SA has one). The tests for other diseases are separate from this test. Your friend should have copies of the health cert and blood test. The originals should be taped to your dog's crate in a bag marked ORIGINALS - DO NOT REMOVE.
Posted on 2014-06-05 04:15:32.0
PetTravel
Hi Lara - because you are entering the UK from a non-EU country, your rats will be subject to 4 months of quarantine. They must have an import permit and enter as manifest cargo. You would need to contact the cargo department of your airline for an estimate. There are many quarantine facilities in the UK, so you would have to contact them for details. One of them is Breeny Kennels. Email them at lisnabreemypets@aol.com .
Posted on 2014-06-05 04:24:46.0
PetTravel
Rentia - Belgium does not have approved quarantine facilities so you need to conform to their requirements. You did not mention where you are entering Belgiium from, but it is from South Africa, you will need to follow a process found on this page including the Blood Titer Test. The process will take 4 months to complete. http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Belgium.cfm
Posted on 2014-06-05 04:27:05.0
PetTravel
Cee - Your pet will need an Import Permit, microchip, various blood tests and a veterinary certificate. You can find regulations as well as links to forms and instructions for importing a pet to South Africa here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/SouthAfrica.cfm
Posted on 2014-06-07 03:17:09.0
francine.madden1
Thank you. Does dogs from UK also have to have the Blood Titre done, even though they say the rabies vaccination is not compulsory? I am confused as some places they say it needs to be included... and some they don't mention the Titre test from UK to SA?
Posted on 2014-06-09 23:54:45.0
francine.madden1
talked to the government offices and Dr Lopez, the rabies blood titre not needed for UK born dogs from UK to SA. :)
Posted on 2014-06-10 19:33:52.0
PetTravel
Thank you for your comment, Francine. We will confirm as well.
Posted on 2014-06-12 02:52:36.0
samantha.r.noble
Hi, Singapore has been rabies free since the 50s, would my dog (originally from SA - been in Singapore for 2 years - returning to SA) still need all the rabies tests? Would she be required to go into quarantine upon arrival in SA? Thx
Posted on 2014-06-20 02:36:38.0
beth.collocott
Hi, I have 4 cats, all under 2 years of age, that I would like to bring to South Africa from Mozambique. All have been vaccinated for rabies, have had the 3 in 1 vaccine and been de-wormed. We don't have access to a certified vet here so what would the process be?
Posted on 2014-06-21 21:43:57.0
PetTravel
Samantha - each country determines its list of rabies free countries. Although Singapore is not on that list, it is considered rabies-controlled, your pet's quarantine should be 14 days.
Posted on 2014-06-22 15:14:34.0
PetTravel
Titer test is also required for all pets entering SA unless they are entering from New Zealand, Australia, UK or Northern Ireland.
Posted on 2014-06-22 15:20:03.0
PetTravel
For “Cats” to enter South Africa they need only the vaccinations that have been given, a health certificate for cats which is unique and they need an import permit. The import permit application and the cats vet certificate are included in our packet. http://www.pettravelstore.com/pet-passport-south-africa/
Posted on 2014-06-25 01:47:24.0

Hi, we have a pet rabbit. We are moving to Pretoria from Slovenia, Europe and would like that the rabbit moves with us. Are any certifications, vaccinations required?Would he be quarantined? thanks
Posted on 2014-06-25 11:23:43.0
ShirlAfr7
Hi, we need to permanently relocate 3 adult cats FROM Cape Town to Austria next year and need to know where/how to get passports, etc, etc, for them. What is the cost of a pet passport? What are all the requirements to relocate them?
Posted on 2014-06-28 12:03:29.0
bernadette.meiring
Hi there, Do you have any idea on regulations regarding RABBITS and SUGARGLIDERS: bringing them from Taiwan into South Africa. I know that Taiwan is a rabies free country, but do you know what I would need to bring them back home to SA. Thanks!
Posted on 2014-06-28 15:11:45.0

Thanks for the reply! I meant that our destination is Pretoria, moving from Slovenia. Is that a similar scenario then? no papers, no quarantine for rabbits? thank you, Nora
Posted on 2014-07-04 09:35:48.0
eleanor.aitken.7
If I have all the necessary documentation, import permits, Health Certificate from the State vet, vaccinations (for my 4 cats), do I have to use a pet relocator at Durban Airport or can I clear them myself?
Posted on 2014-07-07 06:55:05.0
eleanor.aitken.7
I will be flying in from Doha, Qatar.
Posted on 2014-07-07 06:55:35.0
PetTravel
Eleanor - we are not aware of any requirements by SA that an agent clear your pets. This may be a requirement of your airline. In that case, try another airline.
Posted on 2014-07-17 02:17:39.0
PetTravel
Your trip from Ireland to Johannesburg will take a lot of planning should your pet accompany you. Unlike the EU where a pet passport and proof of microchip and rabies vaccination will be sufficient for EU countries, other countries have their own rules. Most African countries require import permits and various titer and blood tests for dogs.You will need to plan your trip carefully and look at requirements for each country. You can find them at http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm.
Posted on 2014-07-17 02:21:43.0
PetTravel
Nora Bürger You will need to contact the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at + 27 (12) 319 6000 and inquire.
Posted on 2014-07-17 02:25:27.0
samantha.mccay.3
Hi There. My Colleague, who is currently living in China but will return to South Africa, wants to bring his 6 month old Alaskan Malamute back to SA with him. We have details on the import forms etc for South Africa, but can you advise who he should approach in China to make the relevant arrangements on that side? Or do we do it via the South African Authorities only? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Posted on 2014-08-07 09:38:49.0
PetTravel
Samatha - you can find a licensed transport agent at IPATA.org. You should enlist the services of a transport agent in one country or another.
Posted on 2014-08-10 20:58:58.0
samantha.mccay.3
PetTravel Many thanks - I will do so!
Posted on 2014-08-11 11:07:32.0
martenique.swanepoel
HI, we have a small chihuahau being travelled from Phuket, Thailand to Cape Town, South Africa. What will the quarantine time be for her once she has arrived in Cape Town? She has [passed all the blood test's and is 100 percent healthy. Can anyone recommend a company that we can use from Phuket? Does anyone know around what price it will cost if we use her as additional luggage fare on a flight to south africa, she is only 1.85kilo and she uses the small travel crate.
Posted on 2014-08-19 11:17:18.0
PetTravel
Martenique - Your Chi will be quarantined for 14 days upon entering South Africa because you are entering from a high-rabies country. You can check with Qatar Airways or Singapore Airlines about the cost. They have one-stop routes between HKT and CPT with short layovers. Hope this helps.
Posted on 2014-08-20 04:07:56.0
franzelle.truter
Hi, I have medium sized mixed terrier dog. I am currently living in Abu dhabi and will be moving back to South-Africa (pretoria) in July and would like to bring my dog with me. She is getting her rabies vaccination shot next week and she is already microchiped (not sure if it is ISO). As I understand the import permit is only valid for a month. So I need to wait till they send me the import permit before I can start making all the arrangements (blood tests, flight, health certificate)? When should I apply for my dog's import permit if i want to have it in May? My friend will collect her after her 14 days in quarantine. How much will it cost for her 14 day stay and will there be any other payments?
Posted on 2014-08-30 13:05:51.0
PetTravel
Hi Franzelle - various blood tests including titer cannot be done more than 30 days prior to entry. You will need to have the results travel with your dog. The import permit does not reflect these results so you can file for it before getting the results back from the lab. You will need to pay a fee for the permit and it will be effective for 30 days. If you need instructions and all forms required, you can find a link to them here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/SouthAfrica.cfm.
Posted on 2014-09-02 15:14:57.0
wadih.bechara.5
Hello , my dog is angola , i already sent the blood samples to the lab and got the results back ! She can be received here i south africa ; can you kindly advise what are the next steps to do and if she will need to stay in the quarantine ! Thank you
Posted on 2014-09-17 12:19:02.0
PetTravel
Wadih - your pet is microchipped and vaccinated for rabies, right? There are other blood tests that your dog needs to have (Brucella canis, Trypanosoma evansi, Babesia gibsoni, Dirofilaria immitis,Leishmania) and you will need an import permit. She will be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine upon arrival.
Posted on 2014-09-18 03:46:28.0
anika.leicher
Dear PetTravel Team, we will be travelling with our cat through different countries by car, starting in Namibia: South Africa, Mozambique, Tansania, Sambia, Simbabwe, Botswana and back to Namibia. I would first like to know if there are any infectious illnesses other than rabies that could be dangerous for our cat, that means does our cat has to be vaccinated in Namibia for some "special" illnesses? And what is the procedure to export and import the cat from/to all these different countries? Kind regards, Anika
Posted on 2014-09-19 11:53:47.0
PetTravel
Anika - yes, there will be more requirements to travel between African countries than rabies vaccination. Your question requires a bit of research as the entry requirements for each country are different. Please give us a few days and we will update the post.
Posted on 2014-09-21 15:29:47.0
anika.leicher
PetTravel Oh thank you very much! Waiting for your answer, kind regards!
Posted on 2014-09-21 16:27:34.0
PetTravel
Anika - we would suggest that you look at the requirements on all the countries that you plan to visit here: http://www.pettravel.com/passportnew.cfm Each of these countries have different requirements. You will need import permits to enter most of them, always proof of rabies vaccination and veterinary certificates issued shortly prior to travel. when you read the information on these pages, it will give you an idea what other vaccinations are necessary. We specialize in entry requriements and are not familiar with local illness and parasites. Certainly, take lots of flea and tick medication. Your vet can also advise you.
Posted on 2014-09-26 03:07:16.0