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Taking Your Pets

South Africa - Taking Your Pets

Quarantine is usually required when bringing live animals into the country. Exact details regarding length of quarantine and such is determined by the species of the animal. Depending on the country of origin, quarantine may not be necessary for dogs. Dogs from countries such as New Zealand, Australia, USA and the United Kingdom are exempt and need not be quarantined.

In order to bring pets into the country, an Application to Import Animals into South Africa form must be completed and applicable fees (around R80, or $12) paid to The Directorate of Animal Health. Thereafter a Veterinary Import permit and Veterinary Health Certificate will be issued. The Health Certificate must be signed by an authorized veterinarian within ten days prior to departure. Discrepancies can result in animals being returned to their point of departure or quarantined for up to 60 days.

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