Moving in with your pet in Dubai? Here are the conditions to fulfill

Are planning to relocate to Dubai soon with a pet who is very dear to you? But have many questions about the laws relating to pets in Dubai. Let’s find out the answers.

The Ministerial Decree No. 204 of 2016 on the Regulation of Import of Cats and Dogs (the “Import of Cats and Dogs Law”), the Federal Law No. 22 of 2016 on the Possession of Dangerous Animals (the “Possession of Dangerous Animals Law”), and the Ministerial Decree No. 190 of 2021 to amend Annex No. 2 attached to the Federal Law No. 22 of 2016 covers the regulations related to pets.

What does the law say?

  • One should be aware that after receiving the necessary pre-approvals from the Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, one is permitted to bring two of his or her personal canines to the UAE in a calendar year. As stated in Article 2 of the Law on the Import of Cats and Dogs.
  • According to Article 4 of the Import of Cats and Dogs Law, a person must receive the necessary pre-approvals from the Ministry and the pet must be transported in accordance with IATA guidelines.
  • According to the aforementioned article, dogs should have permanent electronic identification that must be matched with the information on their medical records.
  • According to the report, a pet must also have a microchip and a medical record that includes information on its breed, age, vaccines, and other pertinent factors.
  • The animal that needs to be brought to the UAE must meet all local veterinary criteria. Additionally, the pet’s owner must secure all necessary permissions.

  • In accordance with the regional directives given by the competent government in the UAE, the owner is also responsible for making arrangements to feed the pet while it is under quarantine. These comply with Article 10 of the Law on the Import of Cats and Dogs.
  • According to Schedule 3 of the Import of Cats and Dogs Law, the medical certificate provided by the nation from where the pet will be imported must follow the format specified in Article 11 of the law.
  • Additionally, the animal that will be transported to the UAE must have received all of the immunizations listed in Schedule 4 of the Imports of Cats and Dogs Law. The vaccines include those for leptospirosis, canine parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, rabies, and canine distemper virus (CDV).

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