Pet Transportation to uae

International Pet Import to Dubai

With a diverse migrant population and explosive growth, Dubai is an international hub. With so many people migrating into the country, it is only natural they would want to carry their pet with them. Before doing so though, it is important to know the rules and regulations pertaining to such a move. Here’s what you’ll need to take your pet with you to Dubai/the U.A.E.

Microchip & Basic Vaccination

Your pet will need to be microchipped before entering Dubai if they aren’t already. Dubai (and the rest of the U.A.E) uses the standard, ISO 11784/11785 microchips used worldwide.


Do remember to get your pet microchipped before, or at the same time as their rabies shot. This process is crucial to follow. Failing to do so, entry to Dubai will be forbidden until your pet is vaccinated again.


Your pet will also require these basic vaccinations to be administered before entering Dubai:

For Cats: Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus & Panleukopenia (FVRCP

For Dogs: Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis (DHPP). Leptospirosis treatment is also required.

*** Note: All vaccinations need to be over 21 days old, but under a year old at the time of travel.

Rabies Titer Testing for Overseas Travel

A rabies titer test is performed to check if your pet’s rabies vaccination has been successful. A titer test measures the level of antibodies in the submitted blood sample.


The level of antibodies present in the sample must be at least 0.5 IU/ml for your pet to travel to Dubai.


The sample for the test should only be taken a minimum 3 weeks/21 days after their vaccination. This sample should be tested at least 3-12 months before the date of departure.

Import Paperwork

To enter Dubai from a foreign country, you will need an import permit. This permit is valid for 30 days. You will also need an international health certificate and a U.A.E veterinary health certificate. These must be attested by the relevant authorities in the country of origin.


Your pet can only travel to Dubai as a part of the manifest cargo.

Banned Breeds in Dubai

Dubai has legislation in place for the import of breeds considered to be strong or dangerous. The following dog breeds are banned in Dubai and cannot be imported to the country: American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro), Doberman Pinscher, Japanese Tosa, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Wolf hybrids, hybrids of one or more of any of these breeds.

Missing out on any requirement will lead to discomfort for your pet, and inconveniences for you. We offer international pet flight services to Dubai, taking care of the process so you enjoy a stress-free journey with your pet. Contact to begin planning your adventure today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. A few permits and vaccinations are all you will need to do so.

Yes, pets can fly in the cargo hold of Emirates Airlines flights.

The final quote for flying a dog depends on various factors, such as size, age, breed, crate size, country of origin, etc. You will need to make your booking to receive your quote, as every quote is unique.

A pet passport is not expensive; it is your pet’s vaccination record. You are only required to pay for the check-ups, vaccinations, and for the import permit fees of 500 Dirhams per cat/1000 Dirhams per dog.

Only Etihad Airlines allow pets in the cabin, and only when the pet is going to Abu Dhabi.

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