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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), 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:

Vaccination Records:
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, and you must have valid records showing this.

Health Certificate:
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.

Travel Box:
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.

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Leaving the UAE? Without a home?
Need a pet-friendly place to stay in until you leave?

UAE Re-Entry Card
...when you're travelling round-trip and want your pet to travel with you.

If your plan is to leave the UAE with your pet and then return (summer holiday?), you'll need to do a full export process for your pet when you leave and then a full import process when you come back with your pet... unless, prior to departure, you pre-arrange for the UAE's Re-Entry Card, which will lessen the import requirements for you.

If you're eligible, although the export side of the process will remain the same, this card will make things considerably easier and less costly for you upon your return:

  • The UAE Ministry of Environment & Water (MOEW) charge AED 200 for an import permit but AED 0.00 (yes, that's right... zero) for a re-entry card.
  • If you're using DKC to procure these permits for you, our service charges are less as well: AED 800 for an import permit versus AED 250 for a re-entry permit.
  • While you're away, if you have a re-entry card, you won't have to organize a permit to come back in ~ when you left the UAE, everything was taken care by procuring the re-entry card.
  • If you're travelling to a country for which the UAE usually requires a blood test as part of the import requirements for your pet, a re-entry card will do away with that altogether.

So, we're guessing you want a re-entry card, right? Well, here are the criteria for eligibility:

  • Pets must already be residing in the UAE in order to be eligible to gain a re-entry card.
  • Your pet's rabies vaccination must be at least 30 days old and no older than 12 months.
  • Your pet's rabies vaccination has to be valid for the entire period during which you are out of the UAE. This means that the expiry date of your pet's rabies vaccination is effectively the expiry date of your re-entry card, by which date you will have to have returned or the card will no longer be valid.
  • The other important vaccinations (dogs: distemper, canine hepatitis, leptospirosis and parvovirus / cats: feline rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopnia) must also be valid at the time you gain the re-entry card and also at the time of arrival back into the UAE. However, unlike the rabies vaccination, these vaccinations do not need to be valid for the entire period you are out of the country and can be re-administered (i.e. boostered) if they expire during this period before you return.
  • Very importantly, UAE Ministry Veterinarians do not recognize 3-year rabies vaccinations for the purposes of the re-entry card. So regardless of the clinical duration of the vaccination your pet was given, it is only a 1-year vaccination period that will be permitted.
  • Re-entry cards cannot be gained for CITES pets (e.g. some birds and other types of more exotic pet which are internationally regarded as being an endangered species).

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