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Policies & Requirements

** The veterinarian must be approved and accredited by the Government Veterinarian Authority of the pet’s departing country. If the pet is departing Canada, the veterinarian used must be CFIA approved. 

** All dates must be written in the ISO (International Standards): dd/mm/yyyy

** All documentation must be completed in blue ink


1. Microchip

The pet must be implanted with a microchip that is compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785). Microchip Implantation Record must be provided. Microchip must be implanted before the rabies vaccination. 

2. Vaccinations


Valid Certification of DHLPP Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and 30 days prior importation.

If the country of origin contains any of the following diseases: Brucella Canis, Trypanosoma evansi, Babesia Gibsoni, Dirofilaria immitis, and Leishmania, , the dog must be: 

  1. tested within 30 days of transport 
  2. treated of the following conditions:
  • Trypanosoma Evansi:  Treatment must include ingredients Suramin or Diminazene aceturate. It begins the day of negative testing until transport.
  • Dirofilaria Immitis:  Treatment begins the day of negative testing until transport and must continue for six (6) months after arrival in South Africa.
  • Diethylcarbamizine: Treatment is as follows: (5-6 mg/kg per os daily) Or Ivermectin (6 micrograms/kg per os monthly) Or Milbemycin oxime (0,5 mg/kg per os monthly) Or Moxidectin (3 micrograms/kg per os monthly). 


Valid Certification of FVRCP Vaccination within 1 year and 4 weeks prior importation.

Valid Certification of Rabies Vaccination within 1 year and 30 days prior importation.

Pets, both cats and dogs, transported to South Africa from any state within the European Union, must be tested and received negative results for the following parasites: 

  • 1. Brucella canis
  • 2. Trypanosoma evansi
  • 3.  Babesia gibsoni
  • 4.  Dirofilaria immitis
  • 5.  Leishmania

3. Permits & Licenses 

Import Permit must be obtained from The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries of the country of import. It can take up to 20 days to obtain and is valid for 3 months of issuing. Copies of all vaccine stickers must be provided to obtain import permit. 

4. Veterinarian Health Certificate 

The pet must be accompanied by a Veterinarian Health Certificate, available here, that must be issued 10 days prior to departure. For dogs, the negative test results of the diseases tested for must be noted on this certificate.

5. CFIA Endorsement

The following forms must be sent to the local CFIA for their stamp of approval: Microchip Implantation Record and Rabies Certificate.

6. Customs

To clear customs, the following must be provided: a copy of the pet owner’s passport, a copy of the visa (if available), a white card, and a note from the pet owner’s employer on company letterhead explaining the relocation.

7. All of the original documentation must travel with the pet

8. Complete all of the preparatory procedures outlined in The VIP Sitters Pet Relocation Guide for Cats & Dogs

Airlines and countries constantly make changes to their policies and regulations. Please note that the information available on this website may not be up to date with current requirements. 

VIP Sitters arranges all of the necessary documentation for you so, together, we can safely, legally, and easily transport your pets anywhere in the world. Let us help you. Request a quote by sharing your travel plans with us. We’d love to hear from you!


* If a paritcular country is not listed or you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact us anytime

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