1) The UAE does not permit the import of dogs and cats under the age of 15 weeks, or under the age of 27 weeks, depending on your pet's country of origin and whether or not your dog/cat requires a rabies titres test in order to enter the UAE (see page 3). In all cases, your pet must already meet the minimum pertinent age requirement in order to be able to apply for an import permit.
2) All pets must arrive in the UAE as manifested cargo ~ the import of pets as accompanied baggage or in-cabin is strictly prohibited.
Boxers, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, All Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, American Bully, All Mastiffs, Canario Presa, Japanese Tosa Inu, and Wolf/Dog Hybrids. Also, any crossbreeds or hybrids of the dogs listed previously are not allowed.
Very importantly, many airlines worldwide do also have their own restrictions with regard to the species and breeds of pet and other animals which they are willing to transport. You must look into this carefully as you (and your exporting agent, if you're using one) make decisions on airlines and routes for your pet's travels into the UAE.
There is no quarantine in the UAE for pets arriving with all their vaccinations, documents and all other Ministry requirements in order. Importantly, however, if everything is not fully in order, your pet may be quarantined, re-exported, or even in very rare cases, confiscated.
Maximum Number of Pets
If you're relocating your pet into the UAE yourself (i.e. without using DKC or some other recognized, trusted agent), then the UAE government limit the number of pets which can be imported to a maximum of two per person (i.e. per passport) annually. However, if DKC handle your relocation on your behalf, the UAE Ministry will permit up to five pets per person (i.e. per passport).
All dogs and cats must be treated against internal and external parasites by a registered veterinarian within 14 days of travel. For the external parasite treatment, the active ingredient in the product used must be either Fipronil or Permethrin. For the internal parasite treatment (deworming), the active ingredient in the product used must be Praziquantel. Details of these treatments can either be officially documented into your pet's vaccination record, supplied on a certificate from your pet's veterinarian, or included within your pet's official international health certificate.
All cats and dogs must arrive with an original valid health certificate which has been certified by an official government/ministry veterinarian in the country of origin within 24 hours of departure. This certificate must follow the MOCCAE model. The MOCCAE health certificate model stipulates exactly what information must be included in your pet's health certificate. The layout and general format of the health certificate is not stipulated by the MOCCAE, which means that users of this form may reformat/redesign the presentation of the information, BUT the actual data requirements must be strictly adhered to.
Cats and dogs entering the UAE from the United States ONLY: Following an agreement between the USDA and MOCCAE, the health certificate can exceptionally be attested within 10 days of departure due to the geographical difficulties in gaining the health certificate within 24 hours of departure (as still required for other countries). The agreed and approved health certificate for cats and dogs from the USA only is available here.
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