Importing a Pet

Pets may be imported as cargo or excess baggage. If you ship your pet as cargo, it will go to Hamad International Airport’s special facility for pets where it will be cared for until it clears customs. However you choose to import your pet, you will need a permit from the Department of Animal Resources. You can get this up to two weeks before the date of travel and it is valid for one month. You cannot obtain an import permit from outside the country, so it is recommended that you use one of Qatar’s pet relocation specialists (details below) to handle the importation.

Importing a Dog

– Short-nosed cats and dogs (eg Persians and Pugs) are embargoed on many airlines, including Qatar Airways.
– Your pet’s travel kennel must comply with the IATA regulations, iata.org.
– Some dog breeds are banned in Qatar – check with a pet relocator specialist.
– Dogs less than 4 months are not allowed to enter the country.
– Only one dog per year is allowed to import for individuals.

Required documents for obtaining import permit

– Copy of vaccination document or pet passport. This must include microchip number, date of birth and vaccination details (type of vaccine, manufacturing company, batch number, vaccination date and vaccination labels. The required vaccinations are: Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), Canine Parvo Virus, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, Leptospirosis (ICTOHAEMORRAGEA-CANICOLA) and Rabies. For rabies, the first vaccination must be taken before 3 months of age. The dog should travel after one month from the date of vaccination. The validity of vaccination is 12 months or according to the instructions of manufacturing company.

– Official health certificate from the relevant authority of the exporting country, issued two weeks prior to travel. The health certificate should carry the micro-chip number and state that the dog is fit for shipping and free from contagious infection.

– Serum Neutralisation Test (RSNT) certificate issuance date should be within 90 days prior to the date of travel. The result should indicate that the the readings are at a level equivalent to or greater than half of the international unit (0.5 IU/ml)

Border Collie Doha Qatar Pet import

Exporting a Pet

All pets must be vaccinated against rabies and must be microchipped. You will then need to arrange rabies serology tests to obtain the necessary certification.

You are strongly advised to check all health requirements and regulations with relevant government authorities and the relevant country well ahead of time. Contact your local vet, animal support organisation and pet relocator specialist in Qatar and refer to the relevant countries’ government website.

Airlines require a health certificate, obtainable from the Animal Resources department. You will need to take your pet for an examination and show current vaccination records. The export document is valid for only seven days. Present it at the QNT Office in the Cargo Section at Hamad International Airport at least five days before you wish your pet to travel and book a flight there. You will need to pay the full fare plus handling charges at this stage. Your pet needs a travel kennel that complies with the airline’s regulations.

As regulations and requirements relating to the import and export of pets are subject to change, it is recommended that you contact a pet relocator specialist to help you.

Recommended Private Veterinary Clinics:

Qatar Veterinary Center (QVC)

The center provides comprehensive relocation advice, airline approved travel kennels correctly sized for your pet, procure import and export permits, destination advice, arrange all necessary paperwork, chaffeur drive your pet to/from the airport. QVC also provides government pet registration service for pets arriving in Qatar.

QVC is part of International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), and work to IATA standards.

For any further information, write to info@qatarvet.com


Health certificates are required for the import and export of animals, and there are strict controls on the movements of endangered species. The Municipality’s Department for Animal Resources operates a large veterinary clinic on Airport Street D4 as well as two smaller branches in Al Rayyan and Al Shamal. For the Department of Animal Resources call 4456 0444 and for the Main Veterinary Clinic call 4456 0435, or send mail to PO Box 23211. There are free vaccination and trap/neuter/return services for cats and dogs. All animals should be microchipped – the department also offers this service as do all the veterinary clinics in Qatar.

Leave a Reply

  1. Mark Hatch

    Hi, I am an American currently working in Bahrain and I have two cats here. I accepted a new job in Qatar and will move there on 5 April. I do not have a Qatari ID yet and have never moved pets before. Can you please provide me with information on how to move my cats, if your company is able to do a door-to-door move, and the cost?