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How to relocate your pet to and from the UAE.

The rules for transporting your pet to and from the UAE vary depending on your country of departure, airline and destination.

In order to transport your pet in and out of the country you will need to apply for an import or export permit and present valid health and vaccination certificates.

Your vet can advise you on the vaccinations and certificates needed for pet transit, while you should consult your airline to check the standard approved crates, cargo flight bookings and pre- and post flight boarding facilities.

Local and international pet transportation companies are also there to help you navigate the bureaucracy of rules and regulations and assist with the necessary vaccinations, blood tests, micro-chipping, import and export documents as well as ministry stamps and permits.

EU issued pet-passports are valid with the necessary vaccination records and microchips, despite the UAE not having it's own pet passport scheme.

Importing pets

All pets entering the UAE must obtain an import permit from the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW).

The ministry will charge a fee per permit, which can list up to two pets. If you are returning to the UAE with your pet, it will need a Re-Entry card instead of an import permit.

Permits are valid for 30 days, during which time your pet must arrive in a cargo shipment, pet transportation company, Move One said.

In order to apply for a permit, pets must also have been vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days earlier, and within the last year, Move One said.

All pets must also be micro-chipped and be at least four-years-old to enter the UAE.

You will need the following documents to import a pet to the UAE:

-Owners passport copy, and UAE residence visa

-Pet's original vaccination book, including micro-chip number

-An original copy of the pet's health certificate, accredited by a government vet in the country of origin

-The results of a Rabies Neutralization Titer Test (RNATT) if you are travelling from a non rabies-controlled country

-An import permit from the UAE Ministry of Environment

Exporting pets

The rules for taking your pet home depend on the country you're destined for. The standard requirements for transporting your pet out of the UAE include:

-A copy of the owner's passport and valid UAE residence visa

-The pet's vaccination book

-Your pet's health certificate from the Ministry of Environment and Water

Certain pets are not allowed to enter the UAE such as wolf hybrids, fighter dogs or a cross-breed between either of these, while birds are currently banned for import to the United Arab Emirates.

To transport invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles and amphibian, seek advice from the country of origin and destination.

For more information on pet shipping, visit

For professional pet transport companies visit:

Dubai Kennels and Cattery

German Veterinary Clinic

Move One pet transportation Company

American Veterinary Clinic

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Date:Jul 15, 2016
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