Qatar Pet Passport & Import Regulations
As of June, 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt have severed ties with Qatar. No pet transports to or from these countries will be permitted. To import a pet to Qatar, you must be returning to Qatar, intending to reside in the country or have a work visa.
Qatar does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Your pet must first have a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant pet microchip. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
Your pet must have a rabies certificate proving current rabies vaccination at least 30 days and less than the expireation date set by the manufacturer of the vaccine prior to entering Qatar. Cats and dogs may not receive a rabies vaccination before 3 months of age.
If your pet is currently vaccinated for rabies and is due for a booster, the 30 day wait does not apply as long as the booster is administered before the previous vaccination expires. Certificates for both vaccinations should accompany your pet.
Cats must receive panleukopaenia, calicivirus and rhinotracheitis vaccinations; dogs must be vaccinated for hepatitis, parainfluenza, distemper, leptospirosis and parvovirus. Vaccinations must be administered at least 30 days prior to travel.
Rabies Titer Test
A rabies titer test (FAVN) administered between 3 months and 12 months before entering Qatar is required. Samples must be processed at accredited laboratories. Results must be over 0.5 IU/ml. If your pet is not currently vaccinated for rabies, it should wait for 30 days after the vaccination to get the titer test.
Within 14 days of entering Qatar, a licensed veterinarian complete a Veterinary Health Certificate for Qatar stating that your pet is healthy and free of parasites and free of diseases communicable to humans. 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. If you are traveling to Qatar from another country, then the Governing Authority responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms for you.
Qatar requires that you obtain an Import Permit from the Department of Animal Resources. Your pet's rabies certificate and titer test results must be included in the application. The permit is good for 30 days.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment is not required prior to entering Qatar but is recommended due to availability of these products in the country.
Entering Qatar by Air
Pets must enter Qatar via Hamad International Airport in Doha. Pets can enter as checked baggage or air cargo. You will need a pet crate if you are flying.
Only one dog or cat is permitted per adult per year entering Qatar.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Qatar, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and Kittens must be 4 months old and fully vaccinated for rabies when entering Qatar. All other requirements will apply.
The import of the following breeds require permission from the Ministry of the Interior to enter Qatar: American Staffordshire Terrier, Boerboel, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Chinese Shar-Pei, Doberman, Great Dane, Japanese Akita, Neopolitan Mastiff, Afghan Hound, Rottweiler and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
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 Qatar. 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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