Pet relocation to the UAE is quite straight forward and low stress on your pets due to the resonably relaxed quarantine requirements on arrival.
Your pet is likely to travel door to door, without having to spend too long in any strange environments, which is a relief to pets and owners.
Unfortunately, it is probably not the case if you choose to return 'home' with your pet. The UK, for example is far more strict on Pets entering (and even 're-entering' the country).
We relocated our two burmese pet cats to Abu Dhabi from the UK in 2010.
Here are the requirements and costings we researched at the
Please note that these are just a guide.
and regulations change, so do your homework with both your local vet
and the destination clinics and embassy before you commit to relocating
|Packing IATA Air Shared Crate||GBP 125.00|
|Agency Fee AVI Special Care||GBP 45.00|
|Export Airline Handling||GBP 25.00|
|Fuel Surcharge||GBP 17.50|
|X-Ray Security Fee||GBP 15.00|
|War Risk Surcharge||GBP 3.15|
These figures can be confirmed by your local pet relocation
company - check the yellow pages or google for your area.
It is worth noting that it is the responsibility of the exporter (not your vet) to make sure that all export requirements stated on the notes for guidance/support documents are met.
You should also contact the destination country to establish if there are any additional requirements.
For more info on your
destination countries pet import requirements contact the appropriate
Embassies or Consulates.
UK pet export and import requirements information can be found on the Defra UK website.
Once you have organised the export side of things, you need to confirm and pay a deposit for the import of your pet into the UAE by doing the following....
Your pet must be a minimum of 4 months of age to enter the UAE.
At 3 months of age, your pet can receive a rabies vaccine and must then wait for a month before applying for the UAE Import Permit from the UAE Ministry.
To enter the UAE, your pet requires an import permit issued from the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water.
To process/obtain this import permit the receiving party (vet clinic or shipping company representative) will require the following :
It takes approximately 3 ministry working days to process a UAE import permit, which is valid for 30 days from the date of issue.
To clear your pet at the UAE airport (customs and veterinary department) the following documents are required:
Your Pet must not travel to the UAE as excess baggage or as hand baggage in the cabin. UAE law state that pets must arrive in the UAE as manifest cargo.
A Local UAE Vet Clinic Service (not including local export requirements or flights):
|Processing / acquiring the UAE import permit||600.00 AED|
|Ministry vet check fee||300.00 AED|
|Airport customs fee||280.00 AED|
|Airport handling fee||235.00 AED|
|Abu Dhabi airport collection and home delivery||900.00 AED|
|Total Importation Amount||2315.00 AED|
The local UAE vet clinics take all the usual payments types and will allocate you a pet relocation contact to advise you should you choose to use them.
They generally only need 10 days advance notice to make the
necessary travel arrangements.
Alternatively, you can contact your shipping company who will advise you on their costs for relocating your pets.
One of the benefits to using the shipping company (which is definately not the cost) is that they offer a door to door service (a complete pet relocation service), which saves you worrying and desperately co-ordinating both the export and import aspects of the relocation.
The total cost of the two cats with a door to door was appoximately 3500 pounds sterling vs doing it all independently for appox 1500 pounds sterling.
Keep in mind that it is not just your pets relocating. The amount of stress and organisation involved in your own relocation can weigh on which option you choose.
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