Moving abroad to UAE? That can be quite a challenging task, and when you have pets involved in the process, it could be even more stressful. However, with the right pet relocation services Dubai involved in the moving process, you can make it smooth and simple.

Valid import permit

The first and foremost rule in moving to UAE is that your pet needs a valid import permit. And the permit comes with a validity of 30 days, so that means, you have to move with your pet within that time-frame. You will have to follow the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations to move your pet. According to the regulations, the pets will have to be shipped in manifested cargo. The pets cannot travel with you as added luggage or in-cabin. One person can take two pets at a time, and each of the pets must have valid permits.


All pets must have valid microchips installed within them, and these should comply with either ISO Standard 11784 or ISO standard 11785. Other standards accepted in addition to ISO are AVID 9 and AVID 10. The microchip will contain details of your pet, including is date of birth, and vaccination details and treatments done.

The minimum age for cats and dogs

There is an age limit for your pets. For example, the minimum age for dogs is 12 weeks and 15 weeks for cats. Of course, this is just the general info, as a lot would depend on the country you are moving from, the kind of pet and the breed.

Vaccination and certificates

Your pet must take the anti rabies injection, followed by a rabies antibody titler test to ensure that the vaccination provides the required rabies antibody levels. This must be tested in a government  facility. Your vet will help you with those, and of course the rest will be done by the pet relocation services Dubai. Make sure to carry the original certificate for Rabies Serum Neutralization test (RSNT)Additionally, your pet must have a clean bill of health, and hence, must be checked by the vet.


So you see? Moving to the UAE with your pet is not as difficult as you thought. With proper planning, you can make it pleasurable. Also remember to get the import permit and the international health certificate with USDA endorsements. Just follow the rules, get the vaccinations done on time, and you are good to go.

It would be helpful to work with an experienced and reliable pet transport company to set things in motion. They will know how to get the certifications, what kind of vaccinations are required, how to prepare your pet for the trip, and so on. For example, the heat in the UAE can be unbearable so traveling during the peak summer months can be really difficult.

 It would also be helpful to know that the following breeds are not allowed in the UAE – Rottweiler, Boxer, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully, any Mastiff, Japanese tosa, Doberman Pinschers and Canario Presa. Get in touch with pet relocation services Dubai to know more.