Botswana

Import / Transit Requirements for Cats and Dogs into Botswana

Age Of Animal

Puppies and Kittens under the age of 3 months (12 weeks) are too young to have had their own rabies vaccinations and have to then travel under the mother’s rabies vaccination. The mother has to have had a rabies vaccination that was current whilst being pregnant with the puppies or kittens in order to be deemed as being valid.  The puppies or kittens must have a microchip implanted before any vaccinations are given.

Microchip

Pets must be micro chipped, the microchip must be either implanted before the Rabies vaccination or with the rabies vaccination.

Rabies Vaccinations

All international destinations require a valid rabies vaccination for travel. Valid means that the vaccination must have been given no more than one year and no less than thirty days before the intended travel date.

We suggest that you check your pet’s vaccination certificate in good time, so as to ensure that there will be no problems when the time comes for your pet/s to travel.

Normal Canine and Feline vaccinations

Annual canine and feline vaccinations are recommended. Kennel cough vaccinations and snuffles vaccinations for cats are also recommended, should your pet require boarding before or after they travel all reputable kennels would insist that you produce a valid vaccination certificate.

Health Certificate (Valid for 10 days)

A health certificate and movement permit is to be completed by a private vet and then taken to the State Vet to be endorsed. The health certificate has to be done within 7 days of export.

~ Our clients will be supplied with the correct & filled in Heath Certificate.

Entry via South Africa

Please take note of cats and dogs entering Botswana via South Africa from countries other than neighboring countries have to first comply with the South African requirements:

Cats need to meet the following requirements to enter South Africa:

  • Microchip
  • Valid Rabies Vaccination. Valid means that the vaccination must have been given no more than one year and no less than thirty days before the intended travel date. We suggest that you check your pet’s vaccination certificate in good time, so as to ensure that there will be no problems when the time comes for your pet to travel.
  • It is also important for your pet’s health to keep the standard feline vaccinations up to date. In addition, should your pet require boarding upon arrival all reputable kennels would insist that you produce a valid vaccinations certificate.
  • South African Health Certificate (2 page) signed and stamped by the Government Veterinarian within 10 days of departure.
  • Import Permit from South Africa. Valid for 6 months.

Your pet’s original documentation must travel with your pet, attached to its travel box.

Dogs need to meet the following requirements to enter South Africa:

  • Microchip
  • Valid Rabies Vaccination. Valid means that the vaccination must have been given no more than one year and no less than thirty days before the intended travel date. We suggest that you check your pet’s vaccination certificate in good time, so as to ensure that there will be no problems when the time comes for your pet to travel.
  • It is also important for your pet’s health to keep the standard canine vaccinations up to date. In addition, should your pet require boarding upon arrival all reputable kennels would insist that you produce a valid vaccinations certificate.
  • The 5 blood tests and two blood smears for the 5 diseases indicated in South African health certificate. For more information please contact our consultant.
  • South African (4 page) Health Certificate signed and stamped by the Government Veterinarian within 10 days of departure.
  • Import Permit from South Africa. Non quarantine import permit is valid for 6 months. Quarantine import permit is valid for up to 2 weeks.
  • Your pet’s original documentation must travel with your pet, attached to its travel box.
  • Dogs from quarantine rated countries will go to the South African Government Quarantine for up to 14 days upon arrival.
  • Your pet/s should leave their country of origin with two sets of the documentation, one to enter South Africa and the second to enter Botswana (Botswana Import Permit and Botswana health certificate). Please bear in mind that the Botswana health certificate has to be valid when crossing South African – Botswana borders.

If your pet/s do not arrive in South Africa with the second set of documentation to enter Botswana then Global Paws will prepare all the necessary documentation needed to cross South African – Botswana borders.