Alert on pets check by vets

DUBAI — The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has clarified that pet animals intended for travel out of the UAE must be examined by competent veterinary officer responsible for issuing government veterinary certificates within the time period specified by the importing country within seven days prior to travel or export.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Tue 2 Aug 2005, 10:22 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:08 PM

A report published in Khaleej Times recently inadvertently reported that documents needed for transporting pets include export permit from the animal welfare division of the UAE Ministry of Agriculture and health certificate from the Municipality's veterinary division in the UAE, in addition to other documents.

A ministry official clarified that the health certificate for pets is issued by the veterinary officer at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries offices. Animals must be presented for examination at the import/export section of the Ministry (Quarantine office) at one of the following airports-Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah airport.

The pet owner must present to the certifying veterinary officer original vaccination record of the animal which clearly shows the date of birth, means of identification (microchip/tattoo and their location), the dates of vaccination for rabies and other vaccinations if required by the importing country, type of vaccine used, the batch numbers and expiry dates.

In addition, result of any blood tests required by the importing country, and export fee of Dh100 in eDirham card should be presented to the veterinary officer who will issue a UAE health certificate declaring that the animal has been examined and is free from clinical signs of disease and is fit to travel.

For pet animals which are residents in the UAE and which the owners may wish to return to the UAE, the veterinary officer will issue a re-entry card that will permit the animals to return to the country without the need for an import permit.

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