Mbabane - 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 vet services here. They are fine, but not great. Really important thing to note if you are bidding on this post with pets. GETTING YOUR DOG HERE IS A NIGHTMARE. We have brought our dog with us to every post, no problem. To get your dog through South Africa, you must put your dog in quarantine, get hundreds of dollars of tests that aren't available in the US, and get a shipping company to ship to South Africa and another to receive the dog in South Africa. We have always shipped and received our dogs by ourselves, no problem, but a shipper on both ends was non-negotiable. And you cannot fly pets directly into Eswatini. Our dog ended up spending a year in the United States with family before we could get her here. We ended up spending well over 5,000 USD on the whole process. Honestly, I might not have bid on the post if I knew what all this would entail. That said-- some friends shipped their dog in from another country on the continent, and seemed to have an easier time. I suppose you could always try to sneak your dog in through Mozambique and try your luck, but I was told by the embassy it was not allowed. - Oct 2019
No. There is a vet in town but he isn't equipped to handle anything serious. But there are good vets in South Africa. - Mar 2015
No. But travel is through South Africa, so you must make sure everything is in order or you may have your pet quarantined there. - Feb 2011