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're a pet shipping company (or "pet relocations company", as we prefer to call it!) and can offer door-to-door service worldwide for manifest cargo relocations from any of the international airports of Dubai (DXB and DWC), Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Sharjah (SHJ); full support services if you're travelling with your pet as accompanied/excess baggage; and we 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 shipping animals... 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? (Take a look here for help with this.)
- 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 a few other things to think about.
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? Well, here's more!)
Obtainable from the UAE Ministry of Climate Change & Environment (MOCCAE) 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, 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.
- Pet Flight Options
- Travelling with Pets as Accompanied Excess Baggage from the UAE
- Short-Nosed Dogs and Air Travel
- Is Your Dog or Cat Fit-to-Fly
- ~ ~ • ~ ~Exporting your pet without the help of an agent, or indeed with an agent other than DKC Relocations, and need help with the veterinary-specific aspects of your relocation? Well then, download these documents and take a look here too:
- Pets Exports ~ The Veterinary Stuff
- Rabies ~ Country-Mandated Timeframes for Primary Vaccinations
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 relocation and travel options.
So, whether you need dog shipping service, a cat relocation service, or a ship-any-lovely-little-thing-anywhere service, and 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 for manifest cargo relocations contain full cost projections and many pages (too many?) of supportive, instructional information regarding the requirements for your specific destination and pet(s). And if you're travelling with your pet as accompanied/excess baggage (country and airline permitting), we give you the full details of the many support services we can offer, along with the fees and a whole bunch of other useful information. So regardless of whether or not you use our services, our estimates and information will provide you with a very valuable start to your process, no matter which corner of the world you're going to.
Do you do animal exports by road? Can you get my pet to other GCC countries?
Can I export my bird?
Yes, definitely, birds can be exported. However, there very strict guidelines and lots of paper w
What's better... wood or plastic travel boxes?
Take a look at A lot about Travel Boxes.
What if my pet has a tattoo and not a microchip?
Food and water for my pet's journey?
Can DKC manage both the import and export sides of my pet's or other animal's relocation?
Definitely yes! For sure! Yup!
Well... maybe. Read on.
There are two parts to any
I know you relocate dogs and cats, but what about birds • rabbits • ferrets • guinea pigs • lizards • snake • cheetahs• penguins • monkeys • fish...
Which vaccinations does my pet need?
If you're relocating your pet into the UAE, the best place to get this information is on our Pet
Does my bird need to be microchipped?
What are the airline requirements for a travel box?
Can DKC make custom made travel boxes for animals other than cats and dogs?
Will you board my bird • rabbit • ferret • guinea pig • hamster • mouse • lizard • snake... any animal at all?
You bet! Just about any animal at all.
And we have quite a lot of knowledge about these an
Can DKC help me rehome my pet?
No, sorry. This is not something we are involved in.
We are a for-profit, commercial (but lovely and homey!) boarding and daycare business. However, there are many not-for-profit, equally lovely organisations in the UAE who are totally focused on helping people rehome family pets and strays. A quick search in Google will get you headed in the right direction.
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