Traveling with Pets in the UAE: A Comprehensive Guide

  • Publish date: Sunday، 02 June 2024
Traveling with Pets in the UAE: A Comprehensive Guide

Navigating the process of relocating with your furry companion can be complex, especially when it involves international travel. Whether you're a frequent traveler, a resident looking to relocate, or a pet owner considering a move to the UAE, understanding the regulations and requirements for traveling with pets is essential.

From obtaining permits to ensuring vaccinations are up to date, here's everything you need to know about traveling with pets in the UAE.

Understanding Pet Import Regulations

Importing a pet into the UAE requires adherence to specific regulations and documentation. Here's what you need to know:

Required Documents:

  • Customs declaration or bill of lading
  • Document of immunizations or a passport with required data
  • Certified health certificate issued by veterinary authorities
  • Import permit and release permit
  • For high-risk countries, a laboratory test certificate for rabies antibody titration test

Obtaining Permits:

  • Visit moccae.gov.ae to apply for import and release permits
  • Fill out the electronic form, pay fees online, and await permit issuance
  • An examination of the pet will be conducted at the entry port to verify compliance with import permission


  • Dh200 per head for permission to import cats and dogs
  • Dh500 per head for releasing dogs
  • Dh250 per head for releasing cats

Key Points for Importing Pets:

  • Maximum of 2 cats or 2 dogs annually for individuals
  • Pets must undergo examination upon arrival to verify compliance
  • Import permit validity is 30 days from issuance
  • Cats and dogs must meet IATA conditions for transport

Resident Pets in the UAE

For pets residing in the UAE, compliance with specific rules is mandatory:


  • Veterinary health certificate from the ministry before leaving the country
  • Microchip identification
  • Authorized veterinary certificate from exporting country
  • Rabies vaccination with valid certification

Vaccination Requirements:

  • Rabies vaccination (not before 12 weeks of age)
  • Canine and feline specific vaccinations as per manufacturer's instructions
  • Preventive doses for internal and external parasites

Exporting Pets from the UAE

When leaving the UAE with a pet, ensure adherence to the following requirements:

Required Documents:

  • Animal passport
  • Vaccination booklet
  • Veterinary health certificate
  • Additional documents as per importing country regulations

Obtaining a Health Certificate:

  • Visit moccae.gov.ae to apply for a veterinary health certificate
  • Fill out the electronic form, pay fees online, and complete required examinations


  • Dh400 for issuing a veterinary health certificate
  • Dh100 for consignments not exceeding 2 animals for personal purposes

Traveling with pets requires meticulous planning and adherence to regulations. By understanding the process and obtaining necessary permits and documentation, pet owners can ensure a smooth and stress-free travel experience for their beloved companions.

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