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Ghana Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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Ghana does not quarantine cats and dogs entering the country from rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.


Pet Microchip

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Your pet should have an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip implanted prior to entering Ghana. Microchips are the most preferred method of pet identification.

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pet rabies vaccination

Dogs and cats must be vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to entering Ghana. Dogs, cats or ferrets traveling from Ireland, Malta, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom are not required to be vaccinated for rabies, although it is recommended.

Dogs entering Ghana must have proof of vaccinations for Canine distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Leptospira canicola, Leptospira icterohaemorrhagiae and Parainfluenza are also required.

Cats must be vaccinated against Feline Panleukcopenia, Feline Rhinotrachticis and Feline Calicivirus.

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Blood Tests

Blood Titer Test

Your dog must test negative against the following: Brucella canis, Serum Agglutination/Giemsa smear, Trypanosoma evansi Card Agglutination test and/ Giemsa smear, Babesia gibsoni Giemsa smear, Dirofilaria immitis Microfilaria filtration test, Leishmania spps. Indirect fluorescent antibody test or ELISA or Direct Agglutination test.

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Import Permit

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An import permit from Veterinary Services is required when importing pets to Ghana.


Health Certificate

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A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete a Veterinary Certificate for Ghana for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. 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.

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Import Permit

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An import permit is required when entering Ghana with a personal pet. The application should be made after the blood tests are done. The permit is valid for 8 weeks after issuance.


Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment

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A ticks and tapeworm treatment is not required prior to entering Ghana but is recommended due to availability of these products in the country.


Entering Ghana by Air


Pets must enter Ghana via Kotoka International Airport. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.

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

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Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 3 months of age can enter Ghana, but only from rabies-free countries of Malta, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Ghana

Ghana does not publish a list of banned breeds.


Other Animals

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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 Ghana. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination



CITES endangered turtle

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 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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