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Bringing Pets

Kuwait requires that you have a licensed veterinarian complete a veterinary certificate stating that the pet is healthy to travel, free of parasites and free of diseases communicable to humans. Up-to-date vaccinations are a requirement. Your pet, for instance, a cat or a dog, must be vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to travel and not more than 12 months prior to travel. An import permit is required from the Animal Health department. The permit is valid for a month from date of issue.

Kuwait requires that the veterinary certificate be signed and dated not more than 30 days before travel. The closer you have it signed to the travel date the better. If your pet is traveling unaccompanied in cargo, customs clearance is required. We can obtain the import permit for you and clear your pet through customs but if you decide to do this yourself, please ensure that you have the correct paperwork with you, someone who speaks Arabic, and knows the system. It takes approximately 2-3 hours to clear pets and sometimes longer depending on arrival time.

If your pet is traveling with you as excess baggage, they arrive in the airport with the luggage. You still need an import permit as you may be asked to show it. The airline may ask to see it before departure.

There is no quarantine procedure in Kuwait.





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