With a diverse migrant population and explosive growth, Dubai is an international hub. With so many people migrating into the country, it is only natural they would want to carry their pet with them. Before doing so though, it is important to know the rules and regulations pertaining to such a move. Here’s what you’ll need to take your pet with you to Dubai/the U.A.E.

  • DOGS
  • CATS

Basic vaccinations

Your pet will also require these basic vaccinations to be administered before entering Dubai:

  • Canine Distemper

  • Parvovirus

  • Hepatitis

  • Leptospirosis

Rabies Titer Testing for Overseas Travel

A rabies titer test is performed to check if your pet’s rabies vaccination has been successful. A titer test measures the level of antibodies in the submitted blood sample. The level of antibodies present in the sample must be at least 0.5 IU/ml for your pet to travel to Dubai. The sample for the test should only be taken a minimum 3 weeks/21 days after their vaccination. This sample should be tested at least 3-12 months before the date of departure.

Import Paperwork

To enter Dubai from a foreign country, you will need an import permit. This permit is valid for 30 days. You will also need an international health certificate and a U.A.E veterinary health certificate. These must be attested by the relevant authorities in the country of origin. Your pet can only travel to Dubai as a part of the manifest cargo.

Banned Breeds in Dubai

Dubai has legislation in place for the import of breeds considered to be strong or dangerous. The following dog breeds are banned in Dubai and cannot be imported to the country: American Bully, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino), Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro), Doberman Pinscher, Japanese Tosa, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Wolf hybrids, hybrids of one or more of any of these breeds.

Missing out on any requirement will lead to discomfort for your pet, and inconveniences for you. We offer international pet flight services to Dubai, taking care of the process so you enjoy a stress-free journey with your pet. Contact to begin planning your adventure today.



Explore queries and frequent doubts about pet travel.

Can You Relocate Your Dog to Dubai?

Yes. A few permits and vaccinations are all you will need to do so.

Does Emirates Allow Pets in Cargo?

Yes, pets can fly in the cargo hold of Emirates Airlines flights.

How Much Does It Cost to Fly a Dog on Emirates?

The final quote for flying a dog depends on various factors, such as size, age, breed, crate size, country of origin, etc. You will need to make your booking to receive your quote, as every quote is unique.

How Much Is a Pet Passport in UAE?

A pet passport is not expensive; it is your pet’s vaccination record. You are only required to pay for the check-ups, vaccinations, and for the import permit fees of 500 Dirhams per cat/1000 Dirhams per dog.

Which Airlines Allow Pets in The Cabin UAE?

Only Etihad Airlines allow pets in the cabin, and only when the pet is going to Abu Dhabi.

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