Let's see... you're leaving the UAE and you're now coping with removals companies, new home, new job, new schools, emotional upheaval for the entire family... and tons of unwanted bureaucracy.
And then there's your pet ~ you know, the one looking up at you right now, wondering what all the fuss is about.
We can offer door-to-door service worldwide from any of the international airports of Dubai (DXB and DWC), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Sharjah (SHJ), and can also assist with all manner of road transport ~ swear to Dog!
Just to get you started in your exciting (because of the move), depressing (because of the work involved) venture into the world of animal relocations... here are just a few of the things you need to think about:
- What are the import regulations for the particular country you're moving to, including such things as: import permits; special certificates; veterinary tests, treatments and other requirements; etc.?
- Does this country require a quarantine period for your pet, and if so, under which circumstances and for how long?
- What sort of health certificate do you need from the UAE?
- Which vaccinations are needed?
- How will your pet fly? (read: Pet Flight Options)
- Are there specific timelines which need to be followed through each stage of the planning and execution of your pet's shipment?
And here are some very basic requirements which will always apply to all export destinations, although these are just the beginning:
All vaccinations, especially for rabies, must be up-to-date and valid. Most countries require that the rabies vaccination is administered either 30 days or 21 days in advance of travel (although there are some exceptions). And, of course, you must have valid records showing this. Luckily, DKC Veterinary Clinic can help you with all this, and we'll even manage that process too! (Did you notice the hard-sell?)
Obtainable from the UAE Ministry of Environment & Water (MOEW) and valid for 30 days from the date of issue. Be aware, however, that the country you're travelling to may require that the certificate is issued much closer to the date of departure.
Your pet's travel box must meet IATA standards; any other travel box will be refused by the airline. It also must be the right size. Read much more about the art and science of travel boxes here:
A lot about Travel Boxes and Measuring Your Dog.
This all said, be aware that each country in the world has either slightly different or entirely unique requirements of their own for the import of animals and the details are often voluminous. And more than that, for you to get an accurate picture of the costs involved, the specific details of your pet(s) (breed, age, size, etc.) and intended destination are central components in the planning stages because these have a direct impact on cost calculations for your pet's air waybill (AWB) as determined by the airlines.
So whether or not you handle your pet's relocation on your own or use an agent like us, there's a lot you need to know and to get right before you can have a clear understanding of what's ahead.
And we would like to help. We do not charge you for enquiries and detailed, personalized estimates for your pet's shipment. Our estimates contain full cost projections and pages of supporting, instructional information regarding the requirements for your specific destination and pet(s). So regardless of whether or not you use our services, our estimates will provide you with a very valuable start to your process, no matter which corner of the world you're going to.
Sedation: Should I or shouldn't I?
What's better... wood or plastic travel boxes?
Excellent question. Take a look at A lot about Travel Boxes.
I know you relocate dogs and cats, but what about birds • rabbits • ferrets • guinea pigs • lizards • snake • cheetahs• penguins • monkeys • fish...
Food and water for my pet's journey?
First of all, to be clear, and VERY importantly, there must always be water available before, dur
Can DKC manage both the import and export sides of my pet or other animal?
What if my pet has a tattoo and not a microchip?
What are the airline requirements for a travel box?
Which vaccinations does my pet need?
The best place to get this information is on our Pet Imports page and in our document Relocating
How do I export my pet from the UAE and how much lead time do I need?
Tough one! Wish we could give you a straight answer. In fact, though, depending on which country