Abu Dhabi - Post Report Question and Answers

Are qualified veterinarians and/or good kennel services available? Do animals need to be quarantined upon entry to the country? Are there other considerations regarding pets that are particular to this country?

There are lots of vets here, but they are pricey. No quarantine but it is expensive to import pets. They have to arrive via cargo, which is not an option from April to November, and the import permit requires a titre test, for dogs at least. We used Club Pet and the German Vet Clinic and were very happy with their services. - Feb 2020

Lots of local vets. Some landlords don't allow pets at all, many don't allow dogs. Ask before you commit to anything. Importing/exporting pets is challenging and expensive. - Sep 2017

Pets don't need to be quarantined on arrival and there are many good vets in the area. Importing and exporting pets can be complicated, however, and I recommend googling UAE pet importers to find someone to help you. Pets can only enter the country as cargo and there are other legal hurdles. The expense of professional help is worth it, especially when you arrive hot, exhausted and disoriented. - Jun 2015

No, but the rules about importing an animal are complicated and require some expertise. We worked with a local vet, both to import and now to export ours. - May 2013

We lived in apartments and the lease forbade pets. - Jul 2012

No, at least from the U.S., not if all paperwork is in order. - Aug 2011

Yes, but don't know all the regulations. - Jul 2011

No, but the shots required are a bit different than in the states-check early. Best source of info is the British & American Vets. They can also help with importing things. ALL pets must arrive as CARGO-cannot be in the cabin. - Aug 2009

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