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Exporting dogs and cats

Exporting Dogs and Cats from Bahrain

 Exporting dogs and cats from Bahrain to other countries involves several important steps. Here is a detailed guide to help you navigate the process successfully:

  • Consult with a veterinarian: It is crucial to consult with a veterinarian who can assess your pet’s health and provide necessary vaccinations and documentation required for travel.
  • Obtain a microchip: All pets traveling internationally must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant microchip for identification purposes.
  • Ensure vaccinations are up-to-date: Your pet must be vaccinated against rabies and other diseases specified by the destination country. Vaccinations should be administered at least 30 days prior to travel (in most countries).
  • Obtain a health certificate: A veterinarian must issue a health certificate for your pet, including essential details such as name, breed, age, microchip number, and vaccination history. The certificate should be dated and issued no more than 10 days before travel.
  • Obtain an import permit: Contact the destination country to obtain an import permit specifying their specific requirements for importing pets. Ensure you carry the health certificate, vaccination records, and your travel documents during this process.
  • Arrange transportation: Pets can be transported by air or sea. If traveling by air, contact the airline in advance to make the necessary arrangements. For sea transportation, reach out to a reputable pet shipping company.
  • Antirabies certification: Some countries may require an antirabies certification, which involves a rabies titre test. The test is typically conducted 30 days after rabies vaccination, and the sample must be sent to an internationally approved laboratory (e.g., Dubai for our clinic). Note that if the test result is unsatisfactory, the entire process may need to be repeated, incurring additional costs and delays.

Here are additional tips for exporting dogs and cats from Bahrain to other countries:

  • Begin the process early: Start the preparations well in advance, as obtaining the necessary documentation and permits can take several weeks.
  • Budget for fees: Be prepared for expenses related to microchipping, vaccinations, health certificates, import permits, and transportation.
  • Exercise patience: Exporting a pet can be a time-consuming and challenging process. Stay patient and diligently follow all the necessary steps to ensure your pet’s safe and legal travel.
  • Seek guidance for import requirements: Local veterinary clinics can assist with export details but may not provide specific import details for your destination, as regulations vary by country and can change periodically.
  • Consider professional shipping companies: International pet shipping companies can provide valuable assistance and have partner networks worldwide. Keep in mind that there may be additional costs associated with their services
  • Use airline-approved travel carriers: Ensure you have an airline-approved travel carrier that meets international airline standards. You can refer to our website for recommended options.
  • Be aware of breed restrictions: Some countries may have restrictions on specific breeds due to common health issues. Research and confirm whether your pet’s breed is accepted in the destination country.

By following these guidelines and being well-prepared, you can facilitate a smooth and successful export process for your beloved pets.

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