(South Africa)

Shipping Pets To South Africa

South Africa information and requirements for the importation of cats and dogs.

This is a summary of the main points only.

It is a requirement that cats and dogs are shipped as manifest cargo and not as excess baggage.  Animals must be shipped in IATA approved transit kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around.

There is no quarantine for Cats & Dogs entering South Africa from the UK as long as all the paperwork is completed correctly - if not, then animals are subject to 60 days quarantine.

Micro chipping your pet is now a requirement.

From the UK the following paperwork is required:

1.  An Import Permit obtained from South Africa.   The recommended time scale for applying for an Import Permit is 6 to 8 weeks in advance.

2.  An Official Export Health Certificate, which must be applied for from APHA.  This must be completed and certified by your OV within 10 days of departure.

3.  A written declaration certifying that the animal(s) will be transported in container(s) which conform to IATA standards which will prevent contact en route with animals of a lesser health status and a declaration that the animals have been continuously resident in Great Britain since birth.

4.  Dogs must have been resident in the UK since birth unless originally imported from South Africa.  If the dog has been imported from anywhere else in the world then blood tests will be required.

Unless your pet is entering South Africa directly from Australia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, a rabies vaccination administered not less than 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to entry is required.  The vaccination should be administered after the microchip is implanted. Note that South Africa does not accept a 2 or 3 year vaccination.


  - Valid inoculations (3in1 for Cats) - feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia.

  - Valid inoculations (5in1 for Dogs) - Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza & Leptospirosis.

Animals must be cleared at one of these Customs Airports:
Johannesburg,  Cape Town,  Durban,  Port Elizabeth.

Last Updated 31/12/2019

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