Shipping Pets To Dubai

Pet transport to Dubai - Summary information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs into the United Arab Emirates.



An Import Permit obtained from the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment- information regarding this can be found online through the MOCCAE website. Additional health requirements laid out on the Import Permit may apply in addition to those stated below


A rabies vaccination is required for all cats and dogs, but please note: there is a 21 day wait after the rabies vaccine has been administered until the pet can be exported.


An Official Export Health Certificate issued by APHA and certified by an OV not more than 24 hours prior to departure.  To this, please attach:


The official certificate(s) of rabies vaccination.


A declaration for Dogs (Stating the Dog is not one of the following Breeds [including  crosses of these breeds]:

Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Janapese Tosa(Tosa Unu & Tosa Fighting Dog), Argentinean Fighting Dog (Dogo Argentio & Argentinean Mastiff), Brazilian Fighting Dog (Fila Brasileiro & Brazilian Mastiff), Wolf/Dog Hybrid (any dog crossed with a wolf), American Stafforshire Terrier.


For both Dogs/Cats to confirm they are more than 4 months of age at the time of Export.


Any other vaccination records.


Microchip details


Dogs must be vaccinated against the following (most recent vaccination being within 12 months of export): Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis (DHP + L)


Cats must be vaccinated against the following (most recent vaccination being within 12 months of export):
Feline Pan Leukcopenia, Feline Rhinorachitis, Feline Cavicivirus



Currently cats must under go 14 days of pre-export quarantine at a facility approved by a government veterinarian in order to comply with the Covid-19 annex, which must be signed off by an OV prior to export. Please contact us for further details regarding this- we can assist.


The full set of requirements can be obtained from APHA online- search for 'Find an Export Health Certificate' on the UK Government Website.


There is no official quarantine in the UAE for cats and dogs entering UAE from the United Kingdom.


There are restrictions on certain breeds of dog (as above in the requirements). Please check that your animal is not in one of these categories.


Microchipping your pet is now a requirement.


Animals must be shipped in containers built to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they must be large enough for the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down comfortably and be able to turn round within the box.  There must also be a fixed water container inside the container with a means of filling it from the outside (funnel).

Last updated 14.05.2021

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