Taking Pets to South Africa
South Africa offers a world of adventures for humans and their four-legged friends. It’s got everything from lush wine regions, safari parks, craggy cliffs, beaches and forests to bustling well-populated cities. As a nation of pet-lovers, there’s plenty of things to see and do with your dog in South Africa.
South Africa has strict bio-import laws that mandate all dogs and cats imported into South Africa to be registered as manifest cargo only unless it is a certified service animal serving a disabled passenger. Dogs and cats can only disembark via the cargo terminal of via Johannesburg or Cape Town International Airports
- Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO-compliant microchip prior to travel and will require an IATA crate for the journey.
- South Africa requires an application for import for entry with the Director of Animal Health. Following the completed Import Application form, a Veterinary Import Permit.
- Within 10 days of entry, a veterinary health certificate will be required by a licensed vet.
- The rabies vaccine must be administered at least 30 days and not more than 12 months prior to entering the country.
- Dogs must be tested by OIE-approved methods for the following diseases within 30 days of entering South Africa: Brucella canis, Trypanosoma evansi, Babesia gibsoni, Dirofilaria immitis and Leishmania.
- Upon arrival in South Africa, dogs will be subject to a minimum of 14 days of quarantine.
- Puppies and kittens under three months of age do not need to be vaccinated for rabies.
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