What to do with your pets when moving

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Relocating is stressful enough, but moving with pets can be even more challenging as each country has its own set of complex rules and regulations governing the transportation of animals. 

Before a pet can enter the UAE, a special import permit (valid for 30 days) must be obtained from the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW). The pet must be vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days but less than one year before the effective date of the import permit. All pets must be microchipped according to ISO 11784 standards. Pets entering the country are considered manifest cargo shipment, according to UAE federal law.

Documents required to bring pets into the UAE include the pet’s original accredited health certificate, original vaccination book including the microchip number, results of the Rabies Serum Neutralization test (depending on which country you are coming from), and copies of the owner’s passport, valid UAE residence visa and import permit. To ease the burden, kennels and cattery companies, like the Dubai Kennels and Cattery and the American Veterinary Clinic, can assist with paperwork. 

Standard documents required to relocate a pet out of the UAE include the pet’s vaccination book, certified pet health certificate from MOEW, and copies of the owner’s passport and valid UAE residence visa. 

Ensure your pet is at the airport’s cargo terminal around six hours before flight time where it will be weighed and its kennel measured to ensure it adheres to IATA dimensions.

Handy Hints
• Only two pets per family are allowed to enter UAE
• Pets under 4 months are not permitted to enter
• Not all UAE airports are equipped to handle pets



Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer


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