Export of Dogs and Cats to United Arab Emirates
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Some countries have introduced import requirements related to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The CFIA cannot certify whether an animal has been exposed to or is free from COVID-19. COVID-19 testing of animals for export purposes is not available in Canada. As a result, this export certificate is suspended until further notice.
If you want to export a pet (dog or cat) from Canada to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) you must comply with all of the requirements outlined below. The following requirements for export of pets to UAE went into effect on October 18, 2016:
You must obtain an Import Permit from the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment prior to export of your pet (dog or cat) into the country. The import permit is valid for only 30 days after the date of issuance. An individual can import a maximum of 2 cats, or 2 dogs, or 1 cat and 1 dog annually as personal pets. Your pet must be at least 27 weeks old and identified with an electronic microchip at the time of export. A non-ISO microchip is acceptable if the owner/importer provides a suitable microchip reader. Your pet has to be shipped as manifested cargo as per International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations.
The following documents need to be presented to the Port Officials upon your arrival into the UAE:
1. Copy of the Import Permit issued by UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
2. Valid original Veterinary Health Certificate for Export of Dogs and Cats to United Arab Emirates - (certificate currently not available) completed by a licensed veterinarian and endorsed by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) official veterinarian with a statement saying the animal was visually examined during the 24 hours prior to export and found clinically healthy and free of external parasites.
3. Vaccination document or passport which must include animal microchip number and animal full description for all of the vaccines your pet has received. The vaccine name, manufacturer, batch number, vaccination date, vaccine labels, and any treatments given to the animal should be included on the vaccination document.
Vaccinations for Dogs:
- Rabies vaccine (at least 21 days must elapse from vaccination before travel; the dog must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination)
- Canine distemper virus
- Canine parvovirus
- Infectious canine hepatitis
- Leptospirosis (icterohaemorrhagiae and canicola)
Vaccinations for Cats:
- Rabies vaccine (at least 21 days must elapse from vaccination before travel; the cat must be at least 12 weeks old at the time of vaccination)
- Feline panleukopenia
- Feline rhinotracheitis
- Feline calicivirus
4. Testing certificate and documentation on the health certificate of your pet's rabies antibody titer test results which must be ≥ 0.5 IU. Please note that the blood sample for the rabies titer test must be collected at least 12 weeks but not more than 12 months prior to travel. The blood sample should not be collected until at least 3 weeks after vaccination.
Please be advised that the UAE does not allow the importation of the following dog breeds into the country: Pit Bulls (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully), Mastiff Dogs (Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasiliero), Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Any Mastiff or Hybrid), Japanese Tosa or hybrid, Rottweilers or hybrid, Doberman Pinschers, Canario Presa, Boxer and any mixed breed of above breeds or their hybrid.
Please note that the UAE may change these import requirements without notification to the CFIA. As a result, it is strongly advised to review the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment website to ensure that all requirements are addressed.
If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact the CFIA Animal Health Office in your area.
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