Namibia Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Namibia does not quarantine cats and dogs that meet the following requirements. All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Namibia does not require that your pet be identified with a pet microchip, but it is recommended that you microchip your pet and register your contact information prior to traveling as a means of identification should your pet be lost or separated from you.
If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure your pets are wearing tags that identify them and have contact information for the owner.
If your pet is not currently vaccinated for rabies, it must be vaccinated between 3 months and 12 months prior to entering Namibia. If your cat or dog is currently vaccinated for rabies and is due for a booster, than the 30 day wait does not apply.
Rabies Titer Test
A rabies titer test is not required to enter Namibia from any country; however, other tests are required.
All dogs entering must be tested for the following 5 diseases, within 30 days prior to export: Brucella Canis, Trypanosoma Evansi, Babesia Gibsoni, Dirofilaria Immitis and Leishmania. After negative results for Dirofilaria immitis, treatments must be administered at regular intervals until import.
Application for Import
Namibia requires an application for import for entry with the Director of Animal Health unless your dog or cat is transiting from the following SADC member nations: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland or Zimbabwe. Visitors should apply well ahead of their visit for a permit to bring their pet into Namibia. An agent can facilitate the application process.Following receipt of the completed Import Application form, a Veterinary Import Permit will be issued and sent directly to you. The permit is good for 6 months from date of issuance. You will then submit the application along with a money order for N$50. We suggest you make the submission at least 30 days prior to the travel date as they can be slow to respond.
A licensed veterinarian will complete a Namibia International Veterinary Health Certificate. The certificate must indicate that the pet is healthy, free of parasites and has current inoculations. It must be endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If your pet is traveling to Namibia from another country, the governing authority responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms for you. The certificate should be obtained within 7 days of import.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment is not required prior to entering Namibia but is recommended due to availability of these products in the country.
Entering Namibia by Air
Pets may enter Namibia via Hosea Kutako International Airport. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
Upon arrival in Namibia you will present the documents and the Veterinary officer stationed at the entrance port will stamp them.
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.
Whenever your pet travels to a foreign country like Namibia, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens under 3 months of age can enter Namibia without rabies vaccination as long as documentation is available that support that the Mother was vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and one year prior to giving birth.
Namibia does not publish a list of banned breeds.
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 Namibia. 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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