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Export of Dogs and Cats to United Arab Emirates

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Some countries have introduced import requirements related to COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cannot certify whether an animal has been exposed to or is free from COVID-19. COVID-19 testing of animals for export purposes is not available in Canada. As a result, this export certificate is suspended for cats until further notice.

If you want to export a pet (dog or cat) from Canada to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) you must comply with all of the requirements outlined below. The following requirements for export of pets to UAE went into effect on October 18, 2016:

You must obtain an Import Permit from the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment prior to export of your pet (dog or cat) into the country. The import permit is valid for only 30 days after the date of issuance. An individual can import a maximum of 2 cats, or 2 dogs, or 1 cat and 1 dog annually as personal pets. Your pet must be at least 27 weeks old and identified with an electronic microchip at the time of export. A non-ISO microchip is acceptable if the owner/importer provides a suitable microchip reader. Your pet has to be shipped as manifested cargo as per International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regulations.

The following documents need to be presented to the Port Officials upon your arrival into the UAE:

Vaccinations for dogs:

Vaccinations for cats:

Please be advised that the UAE does not allow the importation of the following dog breeds into the country: Pit Bulls (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully), Mastiff Dogs (Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasiliero), Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), any Mastiff or Hybrid), Japanese Tosa or hybrid, Rottweilers or hybrid, Doberman Pinschers, Canario Presa, Boxer and any mixed breed of above breeds or their hybrid.

Please note that the UAE may change these import requirements without notification to the CFIA. As a result, it is strongly advised to review the UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment website to ensure that all requirements are addressed.

If you have any questions about the information on this page, please contact the CFIA Animal Health Office in your area.

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