Pet Travel Tips
If you’re planning to travel by plane with your pet in the near future, The Veterinary Surgery in Doha would like to provide you with some tips that can help make the process as smooth as possible. Keep in mind that relocating a pet requires a great deal of planning, so whether you’ll be bringing your pet into Qatar or out of Qatar, the following tips can help you prepare. Click on the topics below to learn more.
All animals must be transported in a carrier/kennel that’s approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For your convenience, The Veterinary Surgery has IATA-approved carriers available for purchase. Although we recommend that only one animal be placed in each carrier, IATA regulations state that up to two animals can share a carrier if each animal weighs less than 14 kg (30 lbs.). All carriers must also:
- Be large enough to allow the animal to stand up, turn around, and sit down in
- Have a secure locking system with pins that extend beyond the horizontal extrusions above and below the door
- Contain a water container, which must be accessible from outside the carrier
- Have ventilation on all four sides
- Include your contact information, along with your pet’s identification information (name, breed, etc.)
- Include your pet’s current health certificate
Whether your pet is traveling as your carry-on item or as cargo, he/she will be housed in a special pressurized, temperature-controlled cargo compartment, which is located at the rear of the plane.
Below is a list of the requirements for bringing a pet into Qatar from a different country:
- Your pet must have been vaccinated for rabies within 12 months of the scheduled flight departure date.
- If your pet is a dog, he/she must be current on his/her distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and leptospirosis vaccinations.
- If your pet is a cat, he/she must be current on his/her herpes virus, calicivirus (FCV), and feline parvovirus vaccinations.
- You must have an import license, issued by the Animal Health Department, which is valid only for one month from the issue date.
- The following documentation is required to issue an import license:
- Rabies vaccination record, issued within the last 12 months
- Copy of your passport and Qatari ID (if applicable)
- Dogs only: Certain breeds may require additional licensing, so be sure to check if your dog’s breed falls in this category. We have the list of breeds that require additional licensing for travel here at The Veterinary Surgery. We will be happy to provide you with special approval if your dog’s breed is banned in the country that you are entering. We can also help clear your pet upon arrival and deliver him/her to your doorstep.
Below are the requirements for bringing your pet out of Qatar and into a different country:
- Check the animal transport requirements and regulations of the country you will be bringing your pet to, keeping in mind that they may vary from country to country and be subject to change.
- All pets that leave Doha should have a physical exam, administered by a licensed veterinarian, four to eight days prior to your flight departure date. This is required for a health certificate (which is valid for only 14 days from the issue date) to be issued. Please bring the following items to the physical exam:
- Your pet’s original vaccination records
- Your passport
- A copy of your Qatari ID