Guide to Pet Importation to Qatar: Essential Steps for Cats and Dogs

If you’re planning to bring your furry friend to Qatar, it’s essential to be aware of the latest requirements set by the Qatari government. to make sure your pet’s move is as seamless as possible.

1. Age and Microchip Requirements:

  • Ensure your pet is at least 7 months old.
  • Have your pet microchipped with an ISO-approved chip. This should be done on or before the Rabies vaccination date.

2. Vaccination:

  • Cats: Make sure your feline friend receives the Rabies and RCP vaccinations.
  • Dogs: They need Rabies and DHPPiL vaccinations.
  • Both vaccinations should be administered at least 30 days but not more than 12 months prior to travel.

3. Rabies Antibody Titre Test (RNATT):

  • This test must be done at an approved laboratory.
  • Schedule the test a minimum of 30 days after the Rabies vaccine.
  • After the RNATT, there’s a 3-month waiting period before your pet can travel.
  • The RNATT result remains valid for 12 months for travel purposes to Qatar.

4. Import Restrictions:

  • Qatar has a limit: only one pet per passport per year. This can be as Excess Baggage (Accompanied Baggage) or Manifested Cargo (Unaccompanied Baggage).

5. Dogs: Special Considerations:

  • Obtain a Qatar Import Permit, which is valid for 30 days from its issuance date.
  • Schedule an Export Health Exam within 10 days of your dog’s travel.
  • Have a licensed veterinarian complete an Export Health Certificate within the same 10-day window.

Important Update (Effective 27th February 2023): Pet owners, please be informed that from 27th February 2023 onwards, all IMPORT PERMIT applications for pets are to be submitted directly to the Ministry of Environment Qatar. Regrettably, we, as agents, can no longer assist with these applications or answer related queries.

Remember, always keep your pet’s welfare in mind during the relocation process. Safe travels to your furry companion!

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