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South Africa - information and requirements for the import of cats and dogs from the UK.
This is a summary of the main points only and in no way can it be considered complete.
There is currently no quarantine for cats and dogs entering South Africa from the UK as long as all the paperwork is completed correctly - if not, then animals are subject to 60 days quarantine. All cats and dogs must be microchipped.
International pet travel requires the use of an IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved air kennel that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of the box, lie down and turn around. It is a requirement that cats and dogs are shipped as manifest cargo and not as excess baggage.
Animals must be cleared at a Customs Airport as follows: Johannesburg or Cape Town. They can then be onforwarded to Durban, Port Elizabeth or East London if needed.
Animals must be accompanied by the following paperwork from the UK:a) An Import Permit obtained from NDA South Africa. Please contact the Directorate of Veterinary Services in Pretoria - Tel number is 0027 12 319 7514/5 Fax number is 0027 12 329 8292. Current application form can be obtained from NDA/DAFF South Africa website or South Africa cat and dog Import Permit Application Guidance notes and contact details are on following page How to apply for import permit
If the links above no longer work, please use this link NDA/DAFF South Africa. Once you are on this page, Select "Services" then "Imports" on the left hand side. It then becomes fairly self explanatory.
As of 1st April 2017, payment of ZAR 167.00 (One hundred and sixty seven South African Rand - please check as this goes up occasionally) or proof of payment (e.g. copy of Wire Transfer) to the relevant bank account must be sent with the application.
b) An Official Export Health Certificate. Ring DEFRA/AHVLA/APHA - Carlisle 01228 403 600 option 1 then option 3 or email your enquiry to Petexports@apha.gsi.gov.uk. Ask for application forms (Export Health Certificate and EXA1) for cat/dog going to South Africa along with vet guidance notes. This must be completed and certified by your OV (Official Vet) within 10 days of the flight.
c) The rabies vaccination card/certificate (optional but advisable as pets will be vaccinated on arrival if not already done).The vaccination should be given to your pet(s) at least 30 days prior to the flight. Do not vaccinate if you are already inside this time window.
d) A written declaration certifying that the animal(s) will be transported in container(s) which conform to current IATA standards which will prevent contact en route with animals of a lesser health status and a declaration that the animals have been continuously resident in Great Britain since birth or only the UK and South Africa for at least the last 6 months.
The following requirements are for dogs only:
e) All dogs including those resident solely in the UK since birth must have the following blood tests - see DEFRA/AHVLA veterinary notes. All blood samples must be taken within 30 days of the flight and sent to AHVLA Weybridge.
Brucella Canis (clotted blood/serum for RSA or SAT Test)
Leishmania infantum (clotted blood/serum for IFAT or ELISA Test)
Dirofilaria Immitis (heparised or EDTA Blood for microfilaria filtration test)
The tests below should ideally be submitted separately to AHVLA Weybridge as these must be sent to South Africa
Babesia gibsoni (clotted blood/serum for IFAT Test)
Babesia gibsoni (Thin Blood smear for parasitological examination)
A blank blood test submission form LSW008 for the vet can be downloaded from AHVLA/APHA Blood Test Submission Form.
Blood tests and laboratory costs excluding VAT on following two pages: AHVLA Blood Test - Serology and AHVLA Blood Test - Virology, Bacteriology and Parasitology
Treatment for dirofilaria (Heartworm) must be given to the dog immediately after the sample is taken and this treatment must be continued for 6 months. No drugs are available for the treatment of dirofilaria in South Africa so owner must provide a sufficient supply. A written declaration from the owner acknowledging this condition is also required.
f) If the dog has not been permanently resident in the UK since birth then it must have been continuously resident in the UK and South Africa only for at least the last 6 months.
In this case further blood tests will also be required and should be submitted separately to AHVLA Weybridge. These two samples must be sent to Belgium via AHVLA Weybridge
Trypanosoma evansi (Thin Smear – not fixed or stained)
Trypanosoma evansi (clotted blood/serum for CAT Test)
Blood samples must be taken within 30 days of the flight and sent to VLA Weybridge.
Last updated 07/06/2017
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