How to bring your pet to Qatar

How to bring your pet to Qatar

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

There are a lot of pet owners in Qatar, not to mention expatriates, so it's not surprising that many animals are brought into the country when their owners move here. If you're about to move to Qatar, and/or wish to bring your animal friend to the country, here are the steps and requirements to make it happen. 

 

1. Your pet must be microchipped

Your pet should be microchipped with a 15 digit ISO 11784 compliant pet microchip. You may bring your own microchip scanner in the event that your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant.

 

2. These health requirements must be met

Your pet must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months before entering Qatar, though the rabies titer test is not required to enter Qatar from any country. Puppies and kittens must be four months old and fully vaccinated for rabies before entering Qatar.

Health Certificate

A licensed veterinarian must complete a Veterinary Health Certificate for Qatar confirming that your pet is healthy and parasite-free, as well as free of diseases that may be passed on to humans.

If you are traveling to Qatar from abroad, then the Governing Authority of the country that is responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms for you.


A ticks and tapeworm treatment is recommended before entering Qatar. However, this is not a requirement.

 

3. You must have an import permit

You must have an Import Permit from the Department of Animal Resources before bringing your pet to Qatar. The permit is valid for thirty days. Your pet's health certificate and rabies vaccination must be included in the application.

 

4. Pets must enter Qatar by air

Pets can only enter Qatar via Hamad International Airport in Doha. Pets may enter as checked baggage or air cargo, but you will need a pet crate.

Two dogs are permitted per adult entering Qatar. There are no current limits on cats)

It is always a good idea to carry some form of identification that indicates ownership of your pet.

 

5. Keep CITES in mind

CITES stands for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. If your pet is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under CITES. You will need to apply for additional permits if it is protected by this. More than 180 countries enforce CITES regulations.

Reptiles, birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but they may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Qatar.

 

6. Don't bring in these banned dog breeds

These canine breeds are not allowed to be brought into Qatar:

• American Staffordshire Terrier
• Boerboel
• Boston Terrier
• Boxer
• Bull Terrier
• Bulldog
• Chinese Shar-Pei
• Doberman
• Great Dane
• Japanese Akita
• Neapolitan Mastiff
• Afghan Hound
• Rottweiler
• Staffordshire Bull Terrier

If you intend to bring your pet to Qatar, you must be planning to reside in the country or returning to it, or have a valid work visa.

 

Make sure to check out our social media to keep track of the latest content.
Instagram - @qatarliving
Twitter - @qatarliving
Facebook - Qatar Living

 

Sources: 
https://sportal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/topics/Environment+and+Agriculture/petsandanimalcontrol
https://www.pettravel.com/immigration/qatar.cfm

Ratings calculated automatically using technology developed at QCRI and MIT.

Click here to learn more.

By Yigidovski• 1 month 2 weeks ago.
Yigidovski

Hi,

I'm Yigit from Turkey.

My dog is in Turkey / Istanbul and I want bring my dog to Qatar.

He is 3 years old and he is a dobermann.

But I saw it dobermann is not allowed to come to Qatar because of he is in the banned dog breeds list.

I'm thinking to write his breed beauceron on the documents, because beauceron breed looks like a dobermann.

But I want to ask all prodecure. What should I do? Do I need to get any paper from Goverment office?

By mohdata• 5 months 1 week ago.
mohdata

Sms: in the case of elephants, its the elephant that will have to bring you in as a pet and he's the one who'll have to complete all the paperwork and have a valid work visa; you can be brought in as checked baggage or as cargo in a crate or as carry on in the elephant's trunk. You must have all vaccinations and be microchipped. The elephant must also have a permit for importing endangered humans since there's just one left like you :-)

By sms• 5 months 2 weeks ago.
sms

How to bring elephant as pet

Log in or register to post comments
UN Court rejects UAE claim against Qatar

UN Court rejects UAE claim against Qatar

The highest UN court has rejected a request by the United Arab Emirates for immediate measures to be imposed on Qatar over alleged racial discrimination between the two nations. 
New electronic visitors authorization system to attract more visitors to Qatar

New electronic visitors authorization system to attract more visitors to Qatar

Introduced by MOI and QNTC, the new electronic system allows residents of Qatar to invite family and relatives from around the world to visit Qatar during the ongoing ‘Summer in Qatar’ (SIQ) program.
Qatar ranked the most peaceful country in MENA region: report

Qatar ranked the most peaceful country in MENA region: report

Securing the 31st position internationally, in the latest GPI, Qatar has ranked 25 places higher than last year, leaving behind other Gulf countries including Kuwait, UAE and Oman.
MOI opens new traffic dept center in Pearl-Qatar

MOI opens new traffic dept center in Pearl-Qatar

At the new center, 14 counters are expected to provide up to 90 percent of traffic-related services including investigations, registration, licensing, and traffic investigation.