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.
All cats and dogs returning to the United Arab Emirates must comply with the requirements listed below except the rabies titer test (step #4) if they were vaccinated against rabies prior to exiting the UAE and the vaccination is still valid upon return to the UAE. If their rabies vaccination is no longer valid, they will need to be re-vaccinated and undergo rabies titer testing as described below. Pets returning to the UAE must be accompanied with a copy of the veterinary health certificate issued when exiting.
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.
Rabies 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) after living there for 6 months, your pet will have to under go a rabies titer test. The titer test must be administered at least 21 days after rabies vaccination (whether primary or booster) and between 12 weeks and 12 months from the time of your pet's entry. Note that the United States and Canada will require a titer test.
All dogs and cats arriving in the United Arab Emirates from a high-rabies country without a rabies titer test will be quarantined and a rabies titer test will be done at the owner's expense.
An original Veterinary Health Certificate for the United Arab Emirates must be by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. Unless you are traveling from the United States, this certificate must attest that your pet was visually examined during the 24 hours prior to export and found clinically healthy and free of external parasites.
If your pet is entering the UAE from the United States, then the certificate is good for 10 days after issuance by your pet's veterinarian.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 14 days of transport.
Countries that the United Arab Emirates consideres as rabies-free or rabies-controlled
The countries listed below are considered rabies-controlled by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and are classified according to the OIE standards as not having a rabies event within two years preceeding travel. (Note that this list is subject to change.) Dogs and cats living in these countries for 6 months prior to export 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 Islands, 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.
All other countries are considered as high-rabies countries by the United Arab Emirates.
Entering the United Arab Emirates by Air
Pets must arrive manifest (air) cargo when imported and exported. Pets must be transported as directly as possible. If there is a layover on the itinerary, then an attestation form must be completed that your pet was not exposed to other animals during the layover.
Service animals can arrive in the cabin or as checked baggage if they conform to regulations above and their airline permits it.
Your pet must have a transit permit to transit the UAE.
Approved entry points: Abu Dhabi airport, El Bateen, RAK airport, Dubai airport, Al Ain Airport, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman International Airports.
Maximum two (2) pets per individual per year. (2 cats or 2 dogs or 1 cat and 1 dog)
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.
Pets transiting the UAE by ground are subject to the same conditions as those imported by air. Additionally, an import permit from the destination country is required.
All dogs must be muzzled when in public places.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated pets from rabies-controlled countries (see step #7) under the age of 15 weeks cannot enter the UAE. Puppies and kittens from high-rabies countries cannot enter the United Arab Emirates until 27 weeks of age.
Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age and enter the UAE no sooner than 21 days after rabies vaccination. Dogs and Cats under 27 weeks 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 or transit of the following breeds, their crosses or their hybrids: Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu, Tosa Fighting Dog, Japanese Tosa), Argentinian Fighting Dog (Dogo Argentino, Argentinian Mastiff), Brazilian Fighting Dog (Fila Brasileino, Brazilian Mastiff), Wolf Dog Hybrid (any dog mixed with a wolf), Any breed of Mastiff, American Bully, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Canario Presa or Boxer.
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. If you plan to return to the UAE after leaving the country, your pet must have a microchip, current rabies vaccination, health certificate and export permit.
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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