Pet Passport United Arab Emirates
Regulations for taking a pet dog or cat to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The UAE welcomes pets but you must follow the rules:
- All dogs and cats must be microchipped before arriving in the United Arab Emirates with a 15 digit pet microchip that meets ISO standards 11784 and the associated barcode and/or number must be shown on your pet's vaccination card. If it is handwritten, it should be stamped by the veterinarian. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
- You must obtain an Import Paper from the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries in advance of your pet's arrival which 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.
- Vaccination card/certificate for each pet, clearly displaying the pet's current rabies vaccination, including the vaccine's manufacturer, batch number and expiration. The rabies vaccination must have been given at least 21 days prior to arrival in the United Arab Emirates and not more than 12 months prior to arrival
- Unless your pet is originating from one of the countries that the United Arab Emirates considers rabies free or rabies controlled*, your pet will have to under go a Blood Titer Test. The titer test must not be administered more than three months from the time of your pet's entry.
- The 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.
- A copy of the Rabies Certificate should also be included in the endorsement as well as the Blood Titer Test.
*The countries listed below are considered "Rabies Free" or "Rabies Controlled" by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and are exempt from this portion of the import process: Australia, Austria, Andorra, Ascension Island, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bahrain, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Fiji, French Polynesia, Falkland Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Malta, Montserrat, Mauritius, Mayotte, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Saint Kitts & Nevis, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA,Vatican City, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna.
Pets can only arrive as cargo and only as manifested cargo when
imported. 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.
Puppies and Kittens: unvaccinated pets under the age of 3 months
cannot enter the UAE. Puppies and kittens should be vaccinated for
rabies at 3 months of age and enter the UAE no sooner than 21 days
The United Arab Emirates does not permit the import of the following breeds or their crosses: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Argentinian Mastiff, Wolf Hybrids, Japanese Tosa Inu, Pit Bulls or Staff Terriers.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country like the United Arab Emirates, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of the pet.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
the United Arab Emirates. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: 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 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 (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
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