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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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Pet Passport South Africa

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, 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: Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits 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.

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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what are the requirements to inporting a pet rat
Posted on 2013-10-10 14:23:44.0
What are the requirements for shipping guinea pigs
Posted on 2013-10-16 14:48:23.0
SA does not publich regs on guinea pigs. Try emailing the National Department of Agriculture:
Posted on 2013-10-27 21:14:47.0
SA does not publich regs on pet rats. Try emailing the National Department of Agriculture:
Posted on 2013-10-27 21:15:43.0
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
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
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
They have to do the bungee at the railway bridge at Vic Falls??
Posted on 2013-11-13 08:02:47.0
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 and search for a pet transporter in South Africa.
Posted on 2013-11-23 14:48:17.0
What's the Regulation in South Africa for immigration of Dogs?
Posted on 2013-11-29 00:57:43.0
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:
Posted on 2013-12-03 02:41:22.0
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
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:
Posted on 2013-12-10 03:48:22.0
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
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
Are the labs in SA able to meet your deadline?
Posted on 2013-12-23 00:21:00.0
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
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
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
Is the puppy must be vaccinated for rabies?
Posted on 2014-02-04 06:46:45.0
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
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 if this would help..
Posted on 2014-02-05 01:41:16.0
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
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
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
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
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
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:
Posted on 2014-03-13 04:26:35.0
Marta - not if the puppy is under 3 months of age.
Posted on 2014-03-13 04:26:57.0
PetTravel , the puppy from Russia also should not require quarantine? For sure?
Posted on 2014-03-13 09:13:34.0
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
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:
Posted on 2014-03-15 03:12:03.0
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: If you are interested in traveling to other countries in Africa, you can find them here: Let us know if you have further questions.
Posted on 2014-03-23 14:15:06.0
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
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: You need to conform to export requirements from Australia. You can find them here: 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
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
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
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