Saudi Arabia Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Saudi Arabia is a difficult country to import a dog. Pet owners entering Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa are not permitted to import a pet. Pet owners must enter on a work or residency visa to import a pet. Take special note of item #9 which lists restrictions on breed import. As of June, 2017, no pet transports will be permitted to or from Qatar.
Effective August 8, 2018, all transport of pets to Saudi Arabia from Canada have been suspended until further notice.
There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Saudi Arabia as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.
To enter Saudi Arabia, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
Your pet will need proof of current vaccination against rabies at least 30 days but not more than 6 months before entering Saudi Arabia. Three year vaccines are not recognized.
Other vaccinations for dogs: Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Canine adenovirus, Canine parainfluenza and Canine parovirus.
Other vaccinations for cats: Feline Distemper, Felline Herpes and Calicvirus.
A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Saudi Arabia Veterinary Certificate for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If departing from these countries, it also needs to be endorsed by the Saudi Embassy or Consulate.
Whether your pet is a dog or cat, a permit to import from the Ministry of Agriculture in Saudi Arabia is required.
For dogs, the permit must be obtained by the owner in person 14 days in advance. A copy of the health certificate and the owner's identification (passport) must accompany the application. Company information must also be included if you are coming to Saudi Arabia to work. You will need a picture of your pet to confirm its breed. You need to bring the same picture with you when claiming your dog.
For cats, an agent can apply for the import permit on behalf of the owner. Permits are good for 7 days from issuance.
Advance permission from the local police department is required for Arab nationals to import a pet into Saudi Arabia to confirm they have a suitable residence for your pet. This permission must be obtained before the permit is issued.
Other Forms Required
A letter to the Director of Customs in Saudi Arabia is required notifying them of your pet's arrival. The final step is to apply for an entrance notification. This must be done in Saudi Arabia either by the company for which you work or by an agent in Saudi Arabia.
For dogs entering Saudi Arabia you must indicate on the paperwork and a licensed veterinarian must state that the dog is being imported as a certified service dog, guard dog or a hunting dog of certain breeds. Only 2 pets are permitted per import permit. Additional imports will need additional copies of owner passport with valid residency visa.
Entering Saudi Arabia by Air
Pets can enter Saudi Arabia at the international airport in Riyadh, Jeddah or Dammam. Notice should be given to veterinary officials so they will be available to inspect your pet upon landing. Pets can arrive as excess baggage or air cargo.
Puppies and Kittens
As Puppies and kittens that are not yet 3 months old should not be vaccinated for rabies, they may enter Saudi Arabia until 12 weeks of age on the rabies certificate of their Mother.
The following breeds are banned from entry: Japanese Spitz, Japanese Akita / Akita Imu / Akita, Affenpinscher, Griffon Bruxellois / Brussels Griffon / Brabaneon / Belgian Griffon, Hovawart, Boxer, Bull Dog / English Bull Dog, Rottweiler, All Terriers including Pit Bull and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Swedish Valhunde / Swedish Cattle Dog / Vasgoispats, Mastiff / Old English Mastiff / Bull Mastiff / Neapolitan Mastiff, Newfoundland, Great Dane / Deutscher Dogge, and Leon Bergehni. Wolf hybreds are not permitted.
Small/toy breeds may enter Saudi Arabia at Riyadh; however, Dammam and Jeddah will not accept them.
Exporting Pets Living in Saudi Arabia
Pets leaving Saudi Arabia will need to have proof of vaccinations, a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel, an export permit and a copy of the owner's passport.
Rabbits and birds are not permitted to enter Saudi Arabia. Invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Saudi Arabia 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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