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Pet Passport South Africa

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Pet Passport South Africa

This package contains information and detailed step by step instructions on importing your dog or cat to South Africa. If your pet is not traveling to South Africa, then you can select the country your pet is traveling to by clicking here to select a pet passport for another country.

Note: if your pet is transiting South Africa on the same airline, these forms will not be required as long as your airline is able to hold and move your pet from plane to plane for cargo travel.

Carefully following these instructions will make clearing customs easier and quicker. The instructions will also help to avoid having your pet denied entry, put into quarantine or returned to your country of origin.

Our information is constantly being updated to keep it current.

You must apply for an import permit to import your dog or cat to South Africa.

Your pet must be microchipped with a 15 digit pet microchip prior to entering South Africa. If your cat or dog has a microchip, but it is not 15 digits (ISO 11784/11785 compliant), then you can carry your own microchip scanner.

Your pet must have a rabies certificate proving current rabies vaccination administered no sooner than 30 days and no more than 12 months prior to transport unless you are entering from certain countries. Proof of other vaccinations are also required. Dogs must have up to 5 types of blood tests that must be done within 30 days of import.

Within 10 days of travel, a licensed veterinarian will complete the health certificate for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the US or Canada.

Dogs will be subject to 14 days of quarantine when entering South Africa unless they are entering from the United States, Canada, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Comoros, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Iceland , Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Reunion, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or Zimbabwe.

With the package, you get:

  • Detailed instructions on importing your pet to South Africa
  • Import permit application instructions
  • Blood test instructions
  • Quarantine instructions
  • USDA/CFIA endorsement instructions (if departing from the US or Canada)
  • FREE unlimited email support for both for you and your veterinarian, should either of you have any questions.

Also included at no additional cost are the necessary forms to transport your pet to South Africa:

  • Veterinary Health Certificate for dogs
  • Veterinary Health Certificate for cats
  • Blood Test Forms
  • Airline Health Certificate
  • Inoculation Record - keep your pet's vaccinations in one place for easy customs clearance
  • Pet Passport Folder - (Free with First Class Mail Delivery Options above) Click Here to View

Further Requirements for importing your dog or cat to South Africa:

ISO Pet Microchip - Required
Rabies Certificate - Required - available from your veterinarian
Rabies Titer Test - Not required
Internal and External Parasite Treatment - Not required but recommended

Delivery Options (select above):

Email - faster delivery - you can print multiple copies of forms and instructions if you need to.
First Class Mail - we print instructions and forms and mail to you. There is a cost for printing and postage with this option.

Additional Information:

It is our objective to prepare the traveling pet owner for all entry requirements that may arise as a result of traveling by air, sea or ground. Enforcement may not be consistent in every country or on every airline, and having proper documentation will better ensure that no problems will arise during your travels.

If you purchase our instructions and forms prior to 30 days before you travel, please check back with us to make sure there have been no changes in the rules or forms required to take your pet to South Africa. All updated instructions and forms are provided by email free of charge.

Find more information on importing your pet to South Africa.


We cannot offer refunds on pet passport packages unless there is a problem with the information or forms provided.

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