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International Animal Export Regulations



If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the APHIS-VS Area Office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.

Saudi Arabia - Summary of Requirements



  • Cattle - March 2006 (pdf 267kb)



  • Sheep - June 1987 (pdf 3kb)

Dogs and Cats

Dogs are not generally allowed to be imported to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) except for hunting, guarding and guides for the disabled. Importing dogs and cats requires an import permit from the KSA Ministry of Agriculture, a veterinary health certificate endorsed by APHIS VS and a "certificate of origin" attested by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in the US. All of these documents should be obtained prior to travel, but the import permit and certificate of origin do not need to be presented to UDSA APHIS for endorsement.

For species not listed, the requirements are not known. However, exporters wanting to ship livestock or germplasm whose requirements are not listed in the IREGS, should have the interested party (importer/buyer) in the country of destination apply for an Import Permit at the appropriate ministry. This Import Permit will most likely outline the specific requirements.


Last Modified: July 17, 2014