Kenya Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Kenya does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you should bring your own microchip scanner.
This requirement can be waived for pets entering Kenya from rabies-free countries where your pet was born in or has resided for a minimum of 6 months.
Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies more than 6 months and less than 12 months prior to entering the country. If your dog or cat was vaccinated against rabies less than six months prior to arrival in Kenya, it must also be accompanied by a certificate signed by a Government Veterinary Officer of the country of origin stating that there has been no case of rabies within 30 miles of the place of origin of the animal within the preceding six months.
See step #8 for puppies and kittens under 6 months of age.
Kenya does recognize 3 year Living Avianized vaccine for dogs only.
USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Certificate for Kenya for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada respectively. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
An import permit from the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries is required when entering Kenya with a personal pet.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment within 48 hours of entry is required when entering Kenya.
Entering Kenya by Air
Pets may enter Kenya via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Pets must arrive as air cargo. Your pet will need an IATA-compliant pet crate for traveling as air cargo.
Airline Captain Affidavit is required stating that your pet was on a direct flight to Kenya.
Upon arrival in Kenya you will present the documents and the Veterinary officer stationed at the entrance port will stamp them.
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the entry airport. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Whenever your pet travels to a foreign country like Kenya, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens less than 3 months of age can enter Kenya with proof of vaccination from their mother as long as the mother was vaccinated for rabies within 12 months of giving birth.
Kenya does not publish a list of banned breeds.
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 Kenya. 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 (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES 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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