It is now mandatory that all animals imported to the UAE is by cargo, i.e. in the aircraft hold. Carriage of animals in the cabin is not permitted for entry into the UAE.
A valid rabies vaccination certificate must accompany the animal. If the animal is receiving rabies vaccination for the first time or it’s previous rabies vaccination has expired, 30 days must pass after the vaccination before travel is permitted. As rabies is given from 3 months of age onwards, all puppies and kittens must be at least 4 months old before export. This is also important in the young animal’s ability to cope with the stress of travel.
Rabies vaccination must be repeated within 12 months (even though some rabies vaccines last 2 or 3 years, it is required by the UAE to vaccinate annually).
Each animal must have an import permit obtained from the UAE ministry of agriculture.
A health certificate, from exporting country, issued within 7 days of export by an authorised or government veterinarian.
Many kittens & pups are being imported into the U.A.E. & then sold in Pet Shops, illegally.
The UAE law requires that imported animals MUST be a minimum of 4 months old & properly vaccinated.
We have recently tended to several puppies that were imported too young & not protected against fatal diseases. Sadly these animals died