Import / Transit Requirements for Cats and Dogs into Zambia

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.


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

Rabies Vaccinations

Pets must have a Rabies vaccination that is older than 30 days, but not older than one year, OR not older than 3 years for pets that have received 3 consecutive annual booster vaccinations.

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.

If the pets are from an area within 24 kilometers of an area with a contagious or an infectious disease for their species, they must be vaccinated with an approved vaccine and hold a valid vaccination certificate.

Health Certificate

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 48 hours of export.

Internal and external parasite treatment is needed one week prior to shipment.
~ Our clients will be supplied with the correct & filled in Heath Certificate.

Import Permit

Import Permit is required.