What You Need to Know About Pet Relocation in Dubai

What You Need to Know About Pet Relocation in Dubai

When moving pets, make sure to plan things out and get prepared in advance. There are a few options when it comes to the stress of pet relocation in Dubai. You can do it yourself or use a service provider that helps with the whole process.

An important note to check is some dog breeds are banned in the United Arab Emirates – such as Terriers, Mastiffs and more.

Before bringing your pet on an airplane, make sure that they are of a certain age and that they are not prohibited. Certain breeds of dogs are prohibited from flying by certain airlines in the summer because they may be too hot.

What you need to remember when relocating your pet

Consider an airline that can fly your your pet out of the UAE. Popular airlines such as Emirates and Etihad offer pet flights, but most pets are only allowed to travel by cargo.

As a pawrent, its’s worrisome and there will always be a lot of questions in your mind. It’s also a good idea to speak to your veterinarian and other pet owners who have moved with pets on how their experience was.

When preparing for all the things that you need for your pets to travel, make sure the create that you purchases meet required standards of IATA – that is the appropriate size for your furry friend. You can find some preloved dog crates for sale here

Also purchasing the crate in advance, ensures that your furrbaby gets used to it. 

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Pet Health, Safety & Documentation

Remember to make a check list of the vaccines and everything that you need from the vets..

  • Microchip – Ensure your pet is protected is getting a microchip. Before the rabies vaccine, make sure you talk to your vet about getting one.
  • Pet Passport – Most pet owners already have these as they contain all your pet’s vaccinations records and information.
  • Vaccinations – your pets require a series of vaccinations- Rabies, Parvovirus, Distemper, Bordetella, Leptospirosis and Hepatitis- as well as vaccines for Feline Pan Leukopenia Rhinotracheitis as well as Calicivirus. 
  • Rabies Antibody Titer Tests – When your pet has had the rabies vaccine, a test is required to make sure that the vaccine is effective. 

Pet Relocation to and from Dubai

If you are travelling to the UAE and planning on bringing the family pet along with you, visit the link below to apply for an import permit. 


This is the UAE government website that will provide all of the information needed.

Please know that it will take a few days or weeks before the permit becomes ready. Once it is, it will be valid for only 1 month.

  • In order to travel internationally, you also need to apply for an international health certificate. This can be arranged by your vet 10 days before travelling.
  • To receive vaccinations, you need an approved certificate. Your certificate needs to be approved depending on your location.
  • Before you pack your bags and get ready to move, it’s best to find out any potential do’s and don’ts in advance.

Animals are part of the family, so making this process less stressful for them is important. There are so many different factors to take into account. There’s the emotional attachment, the physical health of your pet, and more! So make sure to plan ahead and have everything ready.

Read: Pet Services offered by Dubai Municipality

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