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Rules to Bring Pets Into Countries
Entering South Africa
All animals and animal products must be transported as manifested cargo under Air Waybill, also in case of transit if trans-shipment is involved.
Requirements for dogs entering S Africa include entering as only manifested cargo; being micro-chipped with a 15 digit ISO micro-chip (those without may bring their own micro-chip scanner); an import/in transit permit from the Director of Veterinary Services valid for the date of entry; a health certificate stating the dog’s origin is free of rabies within a radius of at least 25 km and has been for a minimum of 6 months, and documentation of rabies vaccinations being given no more than 2 months prior to arrival with rabies records of no more than 3 years. All required documents must be obtained in advance and presented at the cargo terminal to a Veterinary Officer.
Note: Make arrangements ahead for the Veterinary Officer for Seeing Eye dogs as well as they must also clear their documents.