Cats and Dogs Travelling to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE

The UAE is a popular destinations and we have successfully relocated hundreds of pets to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

We can assist with all aspects of your pet’s relocation to the UAE, including necessary permits and customs clearance on arrival.

We work very closely with a number of boarding facilities and IATA approved agents who can look after your pets on arrival, or arrange on-ward delivery to your new home.

We are also Emirate’s preferred agents for pets travelling to the UAE.

What paperwork will my cat or dog need to travel to the UAE?

For entry in to the UAE, your cat or dog will need a DEFRA (Department for environment, food and rural affairs) export health certificate, as well as an import permit issue by the UAE’s ministry of agriculture and fisheries.

If you book your pet to travel with PBS, we will apply for the DEFRA export health certificate free of charge! We can also apply for your import permit as an optional service.

What vaccinations does my cat or dog need to travel to the UAE?

For cats travelling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the following vaccinations must be given no more than 12 months prior to the day of export:

  • Feline pan leukcopenia
  • Feline rhinotrachitis
  • Feline calicivirus

For dogs travelling to Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the following vaccinations must be given no more than 12 months prior to the day of export:

  • Canine distemper virus
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Infectious canine hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis

Does my cat or dog need a rabies vaccination?

Yes! All cats and dogs travelling to the UAE must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to export, when applying for your import permit, the UAE ministry of agriculture and fisheries will need to see proof of all vaccinations.

Does my cat or dog need a health check at the vets prior to travel?

Yes, all cats and dogs will need to be seen by a government approved vet no more than 7 days prior to travel. This is when your vet will complete the DEFRA export health certificate – you can find an example of the DEFRA export health certificate here.  If you book your cat or dog to travel to the UAE with PBS, we will apply for your DEFRA export health certificate which will then be sent directly to your nominated veterinarian in time for the final check up. Please note, we require at least 10 working days for the application to be processed.

Does my cat or dog have to be a certain age to travel to the UAE?

Yes, the UAE requires that all cats and dogs must be over 4 months of age at the time of export.

Does my cat or dog have to be microchipped?

Yes. Microchips should normally comply with ISO standard 11784 OR Annex A to standard 11785. Prior notification must be obtained if an alternative type of microchip is to be used. In such cases, if permission is granted, the owner will be responsible for ensuring that a suitable reader is available at the point of entry.

Are they any other rules and regulations for cats and dogs travelling to the UAE?

Yes, the following dog breeds are not allowed entry in to the UAE:

  • Pit Bull Terrier and American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa (Tosa Inu and Tosa Fighting Dog)
  • Argentinean Fighting Dog (Dogo Argentino and Argentinean Mastiff)
  • Brazilian Fighting Dog (Fila Brasileiro and Brazilian Mastiff)
  • Wolf/ Dog hybrid (Any dog crossed with a wolf)
  • American Staffordshire Terrier

For any other animals travelling to the UAE, please contact us or fill in our online enquiry form to receive more information.

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