Veterinary Preparation

Every pet or animal traveling internationally must comply with the specific set of veterinary requirements, prior to departure, pertinent to their destination country.

The length of veterinary preparations can take weeks or even months, it all depends on your destination countries requirements. Some countries only require a microchip and a rabies vaccination but others might require a microchip, a rabies vaccination and a rabies Titre blood test which entails a 3 months waiting period.

Global Paws, doesn’t only book your pet’s airline ticket but also guides you through complicated country veterinary requirements.

We relocate pets internationally every day and are constantly accessing the latest information through State Vets, Airlines, IATA and other IPATA members from all over the world.

Regardless of the amount of veterinary preparation that is required for your pet to travel to your destination country, your dedicated pet travel consultant will provide you with the guidance that is needed to ensure that your pet is travel prepared in time for their journey. Your consultant will always ask you to send them copies of your pets current veterinary documentation to check how travel prepared your pet is. Once your consultant has established how far you are in the veterinary process your consultant will advise you on what needs to be done next.

We strongly suggest that you avoid adhering to requirements for pet travel available on the internet.  It is very important to keep in mind that the information one finds on the internet is not always totally up to date, the information might already be five years old and since added the Department of Agriculture in the specific country could have changed their import or export requirements for pets six times over. We have the most up to date information, that we source either from our fellow IPATA agents or from the Government Offices in the destination countries directly. It is also important you try not to go through to your vet or their receptionists for information about pet travel. Your vet is the best person to go to when your pet is sick or when your pet needs vaccinations, tests and treatments, but they too are possibly not up to date with the most current pet travel requirements.

Your consultant’s guidance needs to be followed 100%. If your pet is travelling to New Zealand, for example, and on your timeline your consultant has advised that you need to take your pet through to your vet on the 30th of April, for a specific blood test, then you cannot take your pet two days earlier or two days later as this could void all previous preparations and ultimately the intended travel date.

The most important thing for you and your vet to do is to follow the guidance that is provided by your dedicated consultant in order to have your pet, travel prepared and ready as timeously as possible..

General Export requirements

  • If you are interested in buying a new puppy or a kitten and transporting it to another country please check with your consultant the country requirements first. There might be an age limits or possibilities to travel on puppies mother’s vaccination.
  • Most countries require microchip, it is however an export requirement that all pets are microchipped prior to departure out of South Africa. Please make sure that your vet microchip your pet before or on the same day as your pets rabies vaccination is given.
  • 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.  There are certain countries however that has different requirements, New Zealand for example requires a rabies vaccination to be older than 6 months and not older than 1 year for a pet to travel.
  • Other vaccinations, it is important for your pet’s health to keep the standard canine or feline vaccinations up to date although often this is not a requirement for travel.
  • Should your pet require boarding before they travel all reputable kennels would insist that you produce a valid vaccinations certificate showing that their vaccinations are up to date and most will also require a kennel cough vaccination.
  • A lot of countries require an import permit. Please check your specific country requirements and importantly ask your dedicated consultant.
  • Some destinations require government laboratory blood testing for various diseases.
  • The most common blood test is the Rabies Antibody TITRE test that is required for countries like: The UK, Ireland, EU countries, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, some of the African countries, Mauritius some of the Asian countries etc… your consultant will advise accordingly.
  • A Health Certificate is required for all pets departing South Africa, it however depends on the specific countries requirements how many days prior to departure the health certificate can or needs to be done.