Pet Shipping to South Africa
Pet Travel Microchip & Vaccinations Requirements
Any U.S.-licensed rabies vaccine product is acceptable for use. Rabies vaccination must be within 12 months of export, and more than 30 days prior to export in the case of primary rabies vaccination (30-day waiting period does not apply if the booster was administered before the previous rabies vaccination expired). All columns of the table must be completed and match the information provided on the rabies certificate. The rabies certificate must be presented to the APHIS office at the time of certificate endorsement, AND the original or a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate must accompany the health certificate.
U.S.-origin DOGS entering South Africa are required to test negative for Trypanosoma evansi (surra) on BOTH the CATT and Giemsa blood smear tests. All surra testing must occur at one of the two internationally recognized OIE Reference Laboratories for surra testing (see below for further instructions on sample submission procedures).
ALL OTHER REQUIRED TESTS must be completed at an officially approved laboratory located in the United States.
The animal’s microchip number MUST be recorded on ALL laboratory reports.
ONLY the following test methods are allowed, as outlined below:
- Brucella Canis: Serum agglutination (this is the ONLY acceptable test method)
- Trypanosmoa Evansi: BOTH Card agglutination test* AND Giemsa blood smear*
*Both tests MUST be performed at an OIE Reference Laboratory
- Babesia Gibsoni: BOTH Immunoflouresence antibody test AND Giemsa blood smear
- Dirofilaria Immitis: Microfilarial filtration test (this is the ONLY acceptable test method)
- Leishmaniosis: Indirect fluorescent antibody test OR ELISA test OR Direct agglutination test OR Western blot/membrane immunoassay
Microchip is required
The vaccine used must be a strain of anti-rabies conforming to a potency standard recognized by the World Health Organization.
- The animal must have been vaccinated at least 30 days, but not longer than 12 months prior to export in the case of the primary vaccination.
- Animals under 3 months of age may not be vaccinated and are considered to have a valid vaccination provided the dam of the animal concerned was vaccinated at least 30 days, but not more than 12 months, prior to giving birth. Such animals must be vaccinated at 3 months of age against rabies in the Republic of South Africa and the owners must inform the South African Veterinary Authority.
A veterinary import permit is required for all cats traveling to S. Africa. Veterinary import permit applications and further information can be found on the Republic of South Africa’s website at https://www.gov.za/services/import/import-animals-and-animal-products. The completed veterinary permit applications can be sent to the Permit Office at [email protected]
The requirements for traveling with your pet are described in the health certificate.
Internal and External Parasite treatment: Pet cats have to be examined clinically by an official veterinarian within ten days of export and found to be free of internal and external parasites, contagious and infectious diseases to which the species is susceptible and fit to travel.
Required Parasite Treatments
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