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Nigeria Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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Nigeria does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.


Pet Microchip

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To enter Nigeria, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that has 15 digits and is non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.

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pet rabies vaccination

Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering the country.

Other vaccinations for dogs include Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Canine adenovirus, Canine parainfluenza and Canine parvovirus.

Other vaccinations for cats include Feline Distemper, Felline Herpes and Calicvirus.

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Rabies Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

Pets entering Nigeria must have a rabies titer test administered no sooner than 30 days after their primary rabies vaccination. The sample must be processed at an approved laboratory. The test is valid for 24 months.

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Pet Health Certificate

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Within 48 hours of entry, a licensed veterinarian in the origination country must complete the bi-lingual pet health certificate for Nigeria . After issuance, a government veterinarian representing the agency responsible for the import and export of live animals must endorse the form.

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Import Permit

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An approved import permit is required when entering Nigeria with a personal pet.


Internal & External Parasite Treatment

tapeworm treatment

A treatment for internal and external parasites is required shortly prior to entering Nigeria.


Entering Nigeria by Air


Pets must enter Nigeria via Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos or the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja as checked baggage or air cargo.

Whenever you travel to a foreign country like Nigeria, 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.


Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Nigeria

Nigeria does not publish a list of dangerous dog breeds.


Other Animals

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Birds of any type are not permitted import to Nigeria. 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 Nigeria. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.



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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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