United Arab Emirates Pet Passport & Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.
You must apply for an Import Paper from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment either in person or online in advance of your pet's arrival which is valid for 30 days from the date issued. The ministry will charge a fee per permit. You may list up to two pets per permit. If you have more than 2 pets, then multiple permits will be required.
If you are returning to the UAE with your pet, it will need a Re-Entry card instead of an import permit.
Vaccination card/certificate is required for each pet, clearly displaying your pet's current rabies vaccination, including the vaccine's manufacturer, batch number and expiration. The rabies vaccination must have been administered between 21 days prior to arrival in the United Arab Emirates and not more than 12 months prior to arrival.
Cats must be vaccinated against Freline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopnia. Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus.
Blood Titer Test
Unless your pet is originating from one of the countries that the United Arab Emirates considers rabies-free or rabies-controlled (see below), your pet will have to under go a Blood Titer Test. The titer test must be administered at least 21 days after rabies vaccination and not more than 90 days from the time of your pet's entry. If the blood titer test was done more than 90 days before entry, then a new test must be performed. Note that the United States and Canada will require a titer test.
An original Veterinary Certificate for the United Arab Emirates must be stamped (endorsed) by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. If you are traveling from the United States this would be the State USDA office or the CFIA office if traveling from Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the governing authority in your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
Internal and External Parasites
Before your dog or cat can enter the United Arab Emirates, it should be against interal and external parasites within 10 days of transport.
Countries that the United Arab Emirates consideres as rabies-free
The countries listed below are considered rabies-free or rabies-controlled by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and are exempt from the titer test portion of the import process: Australia, Austria, Andorra, Aruba, Barbados, Bahrain, Belgium, Comoros, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Falkland Island, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Malta, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, San Marino, Seychelles, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
Entering the United Arab Emirates by Air
Pets must arrive manifest (air) cargo when imported and exported. Maximum two (2) pets per individual. Approved entry points: Abu dhabi airport, El Bateen, RAK airport, Dubai airport, Al Ain Airport, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman International Airports.
The inspection process is somewhat complicated and can take several hours. We recommend that you employ the services of a transport agent in the United Arab Emirates who will handle all of the details for you and arrange for speedy clearance through immigration.
Service animals can arrive in the cabin or as checked baggage if they conform to regulations above and their airline permits it.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated pets under the age of 4 months cannot enter the UAE. Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 3 months of age and enter the UAE no sooner than 21 days after vaccination. Dogs and Cats under 4 months of age will be quarantined until they reach that age and have been vaccinated for rabies.
The United Arab Emirates does not permit the import of the following breeds or their crosses: Brazilian Fila or Mastiff, Dogo Argentino, Argentinian Mastiff, Wolf Hybrids, Japanese Tosa Inu, Pit Bulls or Staff Terriers.
Prior to the end of 2016, the UAE will also ban the entry of the following breeds: Boxer, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bully and all Mastiffs.
Exporting Pets Living in the United Arab Emirates
To export your pet from the UAE, the basic requirements are an export permit that will be examined at Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah international airports, a valid rabies vaccination between one year and 30 days prior to export, proof your pet has been microchipped; a crate that meets International Air Transport Association guidelines.
Pets leaving the UAE after visiting must also obtain an export permit. Pet owners should plan to apply in person for the permit from Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries. The permit can also be applied for online. It is helpful to use the services of an agent to apply for the permit if within your budget.
Birds are currently banned for import to the United Arab Emirates. 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 the United Arab Emirates. 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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