Import / Transit Requirements for Cats and Dogs into Zimbabwe

Age Of Animal

The animal has to be 3 months or older. Animals under the age of 3 months that are too young to have had their own rabies vaccination have to then travel under the mother’s rabies certificate, and still need to be microchipped before puppy or kitten vaccinations are given. In this case you then need the mother’s valid rabies vaccination certificate. The mother has to have a valid rabies vaccination – no less than 30 days old and no more than 12 months old.


Pets must be microchiped, the microchip must be either implanted before the Rabies vaccination or with the rabies vaccination as all rabies vaccinations prior to a microchip is not seen as valid.

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

The veterinary authorities are mainly concerned that the rabies vaccination is current. However it is important for your pet’s health that these vaccinations are given annually and it is advisable that these vaccinations be updated when necessary. In addition, should your pet require boarding before they travel all reputable kennels would insist that you produce a valid vaccination certificate.

Health Certificate (Valid for 7 days)

The pets have to be accompanied by an Inter-territorial Movement Permit issued by a private veterinarian certifying compliance with the above requirements and countersigned by the State Vet. General 2 page Health Certificate issued by a private veterinarian and countersigned by the State Vet.

In general this certificate is valid for 7 days from the date of issue.
~ Our clients will be supplied with the correct & filled in Heath Certificate.

Import Permit