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Bringing my dog

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Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:58 pm

Hi, We are currently looking to come over from France. Can anyone give advice on bringing a dog into S.Africa (Joberg). She is currently in the Pet Passport scheme here and has all the regular rabies jabs but is S.aFRICA COVERED AS PART OF THIS SCHEME AND ARE THERE QUARENTINE REGULATIONS.
any help appreciated, All best Jane

 

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Re: Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:43 am

Hi,
my family and me will be moving to CT on the next Feb..........and our 3 dogs also, so what i can tell you is that we have 2 options to send the dogs,by air or by sea, by air is very expensive, as i have 3 dogs i have to spend 6000€ but if i send them ship it is only 1500€ but the problem is the time the dogs have to be in the ship for 26 days...there are crew onboard who take care of them,walking,water,food etc....well 26 days if they start in Tenerife the other option is from UK but it is going to take more days.

By air just ask Air France and you will se the difference .....but less time

following you can find what the dogs need to have before they start the trip:
All dogs must meet the current EU health requirements prior to being shipped/air and each will need a Pet Passport and must have the required Micro Chip under it's skin. A local vet will be able to assist you with this and also the vet should be able to supply you with the health forms required before the dogs can be placed on board the vessel. These are usually obtained vis your vet from the local government animal health department.

5/ Re South Africa. The following is an extract we received from out agents in Capetown and you will need to meet all these conditions prior to leaving Tenerife and have all the required paper work in order other wise the Master of the vessel will not be permitted to allow the dogs to land in Capetown.


"spoke to the state vet - its quite a story
1st we have to get an import permit from Pretoria ( 021-3197514) with this is a 4 page list which the state vet on Tenerife must complete and return to RSA the permit once completed could take up to 3-4 weeks to have the
necessary permit
local state vet Deon Visser 021- 5512050

hope can help you

 

martinagael
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Re: Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:42 pm

Hi Jane,

Have you moved your pet to Joburg ? if yes can you share your experience for the benefit of other members and my personal knowledge?

Thanks, Raghu


- Janejaneyi

Hi, We are currently looking to come over from France. Can anyone give advice on bringing a dog into S.Africa (Joberg). She is currently in the Pet Passport scheme here and has all the regular rabies jabs but is S.aFRICA COVERED AS PART OF THIS SCHEME AND ARE THERE QUARENTINE REGULATIONS.
any help appreciated, All best Jane

 

sahana_kumar
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Re: Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Wed Apr 08, 2009 7:44 pm

Hi Martin,

You have given a very usefu; advice which would be helpful to our other members when they move their pet to SA. Have you already moved this Feb or you were hinting at Feb 2010 ?

Regards, Raghu


- martinagael

Hi,
my family and me will be moving to CT on the next Feb..........and our 3 dogs also, so what i can tell you is that we have 2 options to send the dogs,by air or by sea, by air is very expensive, as i have 3 dogs i have to spend 6000€ but if i send them ship it is only 1500€ but the problem is the time the dogs have to be in the ship for 26 days...there are crew onboard who take care of them,walking,water,food etc....well 26 days if they start in Tenerife the other option is from UK but it is going to take more days.

By air just ask Air France and you will se the difference .....but less time

following you can find what the dogs need to have before they start the trip:
All dogs must meet the current EU health requirements prior to being shipped/air and each will need a Pet Passport and must have the required Micro Chip under it's skin. A local vet will be able to assist you with this and also the vet should be able to supply you with the health forms required before the dogs can be placed on board the vessel. These are usually obtained vis your vet from the local government animal health department.

5/ Re South Africa. The following is an extract we received from out agents in Capetown and you will need to meet all these conditions prior to leaving Tenerife and have all the required paper work in order other wise the Master of the vessel will not be permitted to allow the dogs to land in Capetown.


"spoke to the state vet - its quite a story
1st we have to get an import permit from Pretoria ( 021-3197514) with this is a 4 page list which the state vet on Tenerife must complete and return to RSA the permit once completed could take up to 3-4 weeks to have the
necessary permit
local state vet Deon Visser 021- 5512050

hope can help you

 

sahana_kumar
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Re: Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 9:34 pm

Hi all

I have just successfully exported my dog from London to Cape town. I just wanted to share my experience and hopefully make things a bit easier for anyone considering doing the same.

Initially i got quotes from "professional animal transport companies" which ranged from £1800 to £3000 (i tried at least 6 different co's). after doing a bit of research and phoning around i realised that with a bit of effort i could do it for a fraction of the price.

KLM cargo agreed to take my dog from me a direct customer (not all airlines will. some say you have to go through their approved animal transport co's). my dog weighed 24 kg's and had a huge airline approved kennel which measured 36 x 25 x 27 (91 x 63 x 68 cm)... big enough for a labrador (cost me £75). the total cost for his flight including taxes and handling fees etc came to £630. There were of course additional costs. I had to get my dog rabbies vaccinated, micro chipped and blood tested for leishmans disease which including the final sign off from the vet cost around £250 (by the way you would need to pay this anyway ontop of the proffessional companies fees).

Additionaly i had to by order of klm get a company called "animal travel services" to agree to get my dog through customs minimum of R500 (£45). There were additional costs such as collectioning your dog, delivering the dog, applying for your import permit etc that are optional. you can apply for a import permit yourself which cost R110 (£9) but this company wanted to charge R800 (£65) which was a bit extortianate for a very easy form that you can download online.

yes it has been a pain in the behind but it was worth it and somehow satisfying to get it all done myself and ensure things were getting done.
total cost for 1 times mutt to south africa including additional bells and whistles: £925 (R11100 approx)

 

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Re: Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Wed May 27, 2009 4:13 pm

Hi

Did you fly on the same flight as your dog.

 

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Re: Bringing my dog

Post Posted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:36 pm

Hi there

Do you fly in the same plane as your dog? It would be difficult to fly without her, she's part of our family.


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