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Dogs are commonly exported to the United Arab Emirates as there is a growing amount of British people emigrating there (especially to Dubai and Abu Dubai), who can’t bear to leave their treasured best friend behind, and why should they? With our fantastic service and years of experience at PetAir UK, we can assure you that we’ll do everything in our power to make the process of exporting your dog to the UAE as smooth as possible.

Flying your dog to the UAE can be a slightly more difficult process than say, flying them to the US. However, we really strive to take the pressure off of you as much as possible, and rest assured, we’ve got plenty of experience in safely exporting dogs to Dubai and Abu Dhabi with around 300 pets per year. Dogs are often flown to either Dubai or Abu Dhabi and then transported by road to their final destination as there are more direct flights to these locations.

Below is a straightforward guide on what needs to be sorted in order for your dog to get an import permit and travel to the UAE. If you need more information on any of this, or have any questions, please contact us.


Owned & Run
By Vets

PetAir UK is run and owned by vets to ensure the very best care for your dog(s). We remain true to our belief that the best possible service is always offered to our clients and their dogs.

All Your Pet Documents Taken Care Of

PetAir UK can help with all the documentation to safely and correctly transport your dog(s) from country to country. Whether it be pet passports, import permits, custom clearance, veterinary tests or owner declarations; we can take care of absolutely everything.

We Specialise In Custom Containers & Transport

PetAir UK can make crates tailored to suit your dog(s), always to the best standard possible. All of our crates are sprayed with species specific appeasing pheromones, and comfortably lined with special bedding that ensures they are always dry throughout the journey.

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  1. Microchip Certificate – Your dog must be microchipped when they are at least 3 months old.
  2. Vaccinations – A vaccination card is required for your dog, clearly displaying your cat’s up-to-date vaccinations for rabies, and the DHLPP combined canine vaccine for other infectious diseases. The rabies vaccination must be done at least 21 days before PetAir UK can apply for the import permit (and no more than one year prior to travel). The vaccination card will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Water, the permit will then be issued, which normally takes around 7-10 days.
  3. DEFRA Export Certificate – This is a health certificate for your dog that needs to be completed by a government vet the day before they fly. It involves a veterinary check to ensure that your dog is fit to travel and does not have any diseases before flying to the UAE. They need to be treated against ticks and tapeworm at this appointment too. These documents will be checked by the government vets when your dog lands in the Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
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When your dog lands in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi, they will need to be checked by a vet and the paperwork will be inspected. While this is happening, your dog will be put into an animal handling facility – it shouldn’t take too long, a couple of hours at the most. You’ll need to pay for the local handling, veterinary checks and customs when collecting your companion. Owners often use agents to go through the clearing process instead of themselves as it can be quite frustrating; they will then bring your dog to their new home once it is over. This can easily be arranged.

For a lot of people, taking all this information in is understandably difficult. That’s where PetAir UK come in; with us, the whole process is so much easier, as the load is taken off your shoulders. If you’d like to speak to someone on our dedicated team about flying your dog to the UAE, please phone us on 01725 551124 today. On the other hand, if you’ve got it prepared in your mind, you can get a free quote from us now.

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Please note that the following dog breeds have been banned from entering the UAE now:

  • American Pit Bull Terriers
  • Staffordshire Bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • American Bully
  • Pit Bull type dogs
  • Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasiliero)
  • Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)
  • Any Mastiff or hybrid
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Rottweiler breeds
  • Dobermans
  • Canario Presa
  • Boxers
  • Any mixed breed of the above dogs

For the UK, this mainly concerns Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Boxers, Dobermans, Rottweilers and any cross of these. So, for example, if you declare that you have a Labrador cross; we need to know what it is crossed with.