Importing your dog into Tanzania

Hello everyone and happy New Year!

I am transferring with my wife from Namibia to Tanzania. I will travel end of next week and take the dog with me.

The High Commission of Tanzania and the Dutch Embassy in Dar told me a health certificate for my dog is enough.
On the internet you read about import permits and quarantine.

Could someone who knows please tell me if I need an additional import permit for our dog?

Thanks a lot,


Dear Dutchman,

I am also wanting to import a dog into Tanzania from Belgium ( maybe we can communicate in Dutch?)

All information is welcome and helpfull




I found this on the Ministry website and hope this could help.

Best of luck!

IMPORT PERMIT (Food, Plants, Pets and Animal Products)
Permits for importation is requested from;
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security,
P.O. Box 9192,
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel:   +255 22 2862480/1, Fax:  +255 22 2862077
E-mail: psk[at]
Director of Veterinary Services,
Ministry of Water and Livestock Development
Temeke Veterinary Office
PO Box 9152
Dar es Salaam

Tel: +255 22 2862592; Fax +255 22 2862538
E mail: zoosanitary[at] or epid1[at],
Quantity Control Measures 
•    A special import permit issued by the Director of Agriculture and Food Security in Tanzania, is required for the entry of fresh fruit, plants, plant parts, and seeds.
•    An import permit issued by the National Food Commission is required for the entry of meat and edible meat offal, edible vegetable, roots and tubes, and edible fruits and nuts.
•    A permit from the Ministry of Water and Livestock Development, Veterinary Services  is required for the importation of live horses, dogs, cats, swine, sheep and goats.
•    A permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is required for imports of live trees and other plants, bulbs, roots and the like, cut flowers and ornamental foliage; plants and parts (i.e. seeds and fruits fresh or dried, crushed, powdered); vegetable plaiting materials; raw vegetable materials.


Prohibition is set on imports of food containing cyclamates or any cyclamate salts for use in food products. 

Technical Measures 
•    Imports of spirits other than gin, geneva, hollands, schnapps, or liqueurs for human consumption, must give satisfactory proof that the spirits to be imported have been matured by storage in wood for a period of not less than three years.  In the same context, medicines and foodstuffs must have a minimum remaining shelf life of six months at the time of importation.  However Brandy under certain conditions, is exempt from this regulation.
•    A sanitary certificate from a qualified veterinary surgeon in the country of export, must accompany every imported animal.
•    The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in Tanzania is responsible for the certification of all plants and plant products (propagative matter, seed, seedlings).  Imported plants are subject to a sanitary certificate signed by an appropriate government official in the country of origin of the goods.
•      Specific labelling requirements are set on imported canned condensed milk for human consumption, vegetable and butter ghee, paints and varnishes.
•    Under the Animal Ordinance Cap. 156, the Ministry of Water and Livestock Development's Zoo-Sanitary Inspector is responsible for inspection procedures relating to health and sanitary regulations.  Imported animals are subject to quarantine regulations, and to examination by a veterinarian at the port of entry.
•    The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is responsible for the inspection of imported plants.  The importation of fresh fruit, plants, plant parts, and seeds are subject to quarantine regulations and may enter only at designated ports, where they will be subject to examination.

Special Customs Formalities
•    Imported animals may enter only at designated ports.
•    Imports of the following plants should be made through designated port of entry: coffee except roasted beans, cotton, tobacco, cacao, coconuts, groundnuts, lucerne and clover, rubber, maize, wheat, cloves, peach, barberry, buckthorn, and potatoes.
Source: (This information has to be verified from Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and Ministry of Water and Livestock Development in Tanzania) 

Procedure for Bringing Pets to Tanzania

It is possible to import dogs and cats, but health and vaccination certificates are required.  Dogs and cats should be vaccinated for rabies at least 1 month and not more than 3 years prior to their entry into Tanzania. An import permit should be obtained by sending a letter of request to the Director of Veterinary Services in Tanzania, Ministry of Water and Livestock Development (see address above). In this letter the applicant should state, Type/Breed of pet, age, port of entry in Tanzania and attach vaccination certificates.

The following vaccinations are recommended: 

DHLP: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvo.

Puppies should be vaccinated when they are five to seven weeks old with repeat vaccinations two weeks and six weeks later.  The rabies vaccination should be administered with the third vaccination.

Vaccination for worms 

Vaccination for worms should be done every three months or the pets may be given worm tablets every 45 days.

•    If applicant has hosts in Tanzania, it is helpful if they make a follow up of the application and collect the permit on behalf
•    Imported animals are subject to examination by a veterinarian at the port of entry and subject to quarantine if need be. 
•    If you want to take your pet back with you obtain an export permit.

Thank you so much for the information.

I also will be importing my dog into Tanzania when I move in the new year.


HI There,

We moved from the U.S to Tanzania with our little dog. We did have to have a permit to bring him in. Just contact a vet in the country of Tanzania, fax her the dogs shot and health records and she will get the permit done for you and fax/ email scan- a copy back to you, it did cost a a little bit (I think around $10-20 USD) anyways you just present that at the airport (if you are coming into country via air) ... also note that customs will want to charge you big time, they will be looking for a bribe, don't give in or let them intimidate you.

Oh a local vet in Arusah that we used is... Dr. Lieve Lynen, email[at]

Hope this helps.

Hello Dutchman75,

I am flying into Tanzania april 15th and want to know the same questions you asked on the forum. Could you please let me know what you found out and if you recommend bring my dog to live in Nairobi for two years, and flying into Tanzania Kilimanjaro airport. I considering leaving my dog at home, but I would really like him to go with us if it is possible and safe for him.
Thank you!!

Hello Rman15 -> Just to note that this thread is very old (2009). Do not hesitate to start a new thread on the Tanzania forum. ;)

Thank you,

Hello Bonie

I am travelling to Arusha with cat, I cannot find working number on Dr.Lieve Lynen. Number from Merlno clinic doesn't work. Could you please send me phone number or fax number. It would help a lot. If she can help with obtaining Import permit it would be relief.
Thank you very much

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