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Pet travel from the U.S. to United Arab Emirates

-- IMPORTANT NOTICE --

This country requires original ink signatures from the issuing USDA Accredited Veterinarian and the endorsing USDA APHIS Veterinary Medical Officer with the application of the USDA embossed seal.


  • Before traveling with your pet, you must obtain an import permit from the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
    • This import permit is valid for 30 days. Your pet will not be allowed to enter the UAE with an expired import permit.
  • Only 2 cats, or 2 dogs, or 1 cat and 1 dog are allowed annually.
  • Your pet must travel to the UAE as manifested cargo.
  • Cats and dogs must be identified with a microchip.
  • The pet must be at least 27 weeks old at the time of import due to the UAE’s requirements listed below.
  • Upon arrival into the UAE, you need to provide the following documents to Port Officials:
    • Valid health certificate issued by your USDA accredited veterinarian and endorsed by USDA. The health certificate is valid for 10 days after issuance.
    • Vaccination certificate 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 certificate.
      • 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)
      • 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
    • Documentation (on health certificate) of parasite treatments during the 14 days prior to travel.
      • External parasite treatment (recommend Fipronil or Permethrin)
      • Internal parasite treatment (recommend Praziquantel)
    • Documentation (on health certificate) of your pet’s rabies titer test results which must be ≥ 0.5 IU.
      • The blood sample for rabies titer test must be collected at least 12 weeks prior to travel and not more than 12 months prior to travel.
      • The blood sample should not be collected until at least 3 weeks after vaccination.
    • Copy of the UAE import permit.
    • If your pet is transiting through other countries before arrival in UAE, you (or the carrier representative or holder of the animal) must sign an attestation that the animal(s) did not have contact with any other animals while in transit.
  • For pets residing in the UAE that are returning to the UAE, they must comply with the above requirements except rabies titer testing if they were vaccinated against rabies prior to exiting the UAE and the vaccination is still valid upon return to the UAE. If their rabies vaccination is no longer valid, they will need to be re-vaccinated and undergo rabies titer testing as described above. Pets returning to the UAE must be accompanied with a copy of the veterinary health certificate issued by the MOCCAE while exiting.

For pets transiting the UAE, you must obtain a transit permit from the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment

Dog breeds not allowed entry into the UAE:

    • 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)
    • Tosa (Japanese Tosa or Hybrid)
    • Rottweilers or Hybrid
    • Doberman Pinschers
    • Canario Presa
    • Boxer
    • Any mixed breed of above breeds or their hybrid

International Health Certificate

The requirements for traveling with your pet are described in the health certificate.

Veterinary Health Certificate for Birds

For pet travel requirements not listed, APHIS has not been officially informed by the foreign country about the requirements for your pet’s travel. We recommended that you contact a government official of the country you are traveling to for more information.

Country of destination contact information:  

Considerations for airline travel:

Airlines may have separate and additional requirements. Check with your airline to determine what requirements they may have, if any. 

Additional information for pet owners, airlines, and others about APHIS endorsement of international health certificates.

View requirements for returning to the US with your pet



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