Importing a pet to South Africa can be complication as there are many requirements for pets arriving South Africa from the US.


Import Permit: Required for all pets arriving South Africa. If you have already obtained the Import Permit, please provide us with an emailed copy. If you would like us to acquire the Import Permit, please provide us with a copy of the Rabies Certificate.

Identification / Microchip:  Prior to vaccines and tests Microchip
All dogs, cats, primates entering South Africa must be microchipped with 15 digit ISO Compatible
Vaccinations:  Within 30 days and 12 months Rabies Vaccination older than 30 days; not older than 12 months
Tests:  Within 30 days of import Brucella Canis – Serum Agglutination
Trypanasoma – Card Agglutination AND Blood smear **Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium
Babesia  Gibsoni – Immunoflouresence antibody test AND Giemsa Blood smear
Dirofilaria Immitis – Microfiltration Test
Leishmaniosis – Indirect Fluorescent antibody
Or – Elisa
Or – Direct Agglutination test
Or – Western Blot / membrane immunoassay
Test should not be older than 30 days from the date of blood draw on arrival into South Africa
Treatments:  From date of negative testing Dogs should be treated for Dirofilaria from the date of blood draw and continued in regular intervals as required *Recommended Product Heartgard Plus
Dogs have to be treated with an effective acaricide and with insect repellent registered in South Africa *Recommended Product Advantix II
Health Exam/Certificate:  Within 10 days of export Completed and endorsed by an Accredited Vet and endorsed by the USDA

Continental Pet Relocation can handle the following items for you:

  • Flight booking – all pets must arrive as cargo
  • Complete final veterinary certificates and get them endorsed by the USDA
  • Review and confirm all documents are correct and complete to meet import requirements
  • Obtain an import permit
  • Handle import services – Customs Clearance in South Africa