Pet Import Regulations in Kuwait



Expats moving to Kuwait can bring their pets without restrictions and quarantine requirements as long as a residence permit is already granted.

Relocating Pets to Kuwait  

All pets must have received a rabies vaccination at least thirty days prior to travel and not more than twelve months prior to travel.  

A Veterinary Good Health Certificate is needed signed and dated by a licensed veterinarian ten days before travelling. The certificate should state that the animal is fit to travel and free of parasites and diseases communicable to human.  

An import permit is required from the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) also known as Animal Health Ministry. Processing time may take up to a week and validity of the permit can take up a maximum of three months.  

There are no tagging systems in Kuwait, but one can opt for chip implants. Pets can be micro chipped with a 15 digit encrypted micro chipped that meets ISO Standards 17784/11785.  

As much as possible, do not import pets during the hottest months. Get in touch with a reputable pet transport company in Kuwait. Make sure that the pet arrives late night or early morning as the extreme temperatures of Kuwait can be fatal to pets. That is why some airlines do not ship pets between the months of May to September.  

The Kuwaiti government, however, prohibits all live animals from Iraq. All live birds from all countries cannot be brought to Kuwait except importation of falcons, pet birds like pigeons, and incubating eggs and one day old chicks from countries like Albania, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Palestine, Thailand, Ukraine and Zimbabwe provided that the veterinary quarantine and regulations are adhered properly.



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