Pet Passport South Africa
REGULATIONS FOR TAKING A PET DOG OR CAT TO
You must first file an Import Application for your pet with the Director of Animal Health.
All pets entering South Africa must be microchipped with a 15 digit ISO pet microchip. If your pet' microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner
South Africa does not quarantine healthy pets provided the pet has the proper paperwork and vaccinations for entering South Africa. There are several steps that must be undertaken.
You must first file an application to import your pet with the Director of Animal Health. Please also note that it takes three (3) to four (4) working days to process the permit. In cases where the permit is going to be collected, you must confirm with the permit office telephonically whether the permit is ready before you come to collect.
An accredited veterinarian must do a Blood Titer Test and send it to an approved laboratory for testing not more than 30 days before arrival in South Africa. Additionally, your dog must be tested for the following diseases by blood tests:
- Brucella canis
- Trypanosoma evansi
- Babesia gibsoni
- Dirofilaria immitis
Following receipt of the completed Import Application form, a Veterinary Import Permit will be issued and sent directly to you. Your
veterinarian will then complete the
Veterinary Certificate for South Africa.
Although it is not required, we recommend that
a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian complete the form and you have it endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the
United States or Canada.
A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included.
Upon arrival in South Africa, you will present the Veterinary Certificate and the approved Import Permit to the quarantine officer.
In cases where quarantine of animals is required due to lack of proper paperwork, the importer (owner) must contact the Quarantine Officer at the port of entry. The Quarantine Officer will arrange the reservation for accommodation at the Quarantine Station and must complete the applicable part of the application form.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet may be refused entry and the relevant authority in consultation with an authorized veterinarian can decide to return the pet home, or place the dog or cat in quarantine at the expense of the owner or natural person responsible for pet, or as a last resort, without financial compensation, put the pet down where the return trip home or quarantine cannot be arranged.
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 as to a limit on the number of animals and a certificate to accompany them in respect of other diseases. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.
All countries have a unique veterinary certificates. This form differs from the International Veterinary Certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) This is an important part of your cat or dog passport.
Find Veterinary Certificates for countries worldwide.
South Africa requires an ISO pet microchip.
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