Moving with your pets to Oman

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Published 2018-09-19 14:47

If you are moving to Oman, you may wish to bring your dog or cat with you. Pets can be brought into Oman, as long as certain requirements are met. Heres an overview of how to relocate to Oman with your pets. It is important to be aware of all restrictions and requirements, to ensure your pet has a smooth arrival into the country.

Requirements

Oman does not require a quarantine period for pets coming into the country, as long as they meet certain requirements. Oman also does not have a list of any banned dog or cat breeds. It is recommended pets are microchipped before travel. This is not required by the Omani government, but it will make it much easier to locate and identify your pet if you happen to be separated. Required vaccinations include:

  • Rabies, with proof of vaccination between 30 days and six months before entering the country

  • Leptospirosis

  • Parvovirus

  • Distemper

  • Hepatitis

  • Veterinary health certificate, completed by an accredited veterinarian within seven days of your travel. A USDA or CFIA licensed vet is if you are coming from the US or Canada.

  • Import permit, from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Animal Health Department. This needs to be done in but can be arranged by external agencies, for a fee.

Puppies or kittens that are younger than four months are not allowed to enter the country. If you are wishing to relocate with an animal other than a cat or dog, you may require additional permits, to ensure the animal is healthy and not on any endangered species lists. Contact your local Omani embassy for more information.

Important: it is important that all health certificates and proof of vaccinations are originals, not photocopies.

Air travel

Generally, most airlines require pets to be transported as check-in baggage, and cannot travel with you in the cabin. You will need to have a kennel that meets the requirements of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). It is recommended to purchase your kennel in so that your pet has time to get used to it. Most airlines charge additional fees for shipping pets, and it is recommended to arrive at the airport at least four hours prior to your flight, to ensure there is enough time for processing.

Good to know: The climate in Oman can be extremely hot, with temperatures upwards of 40 C. If you are coming from a much cooler country, consult with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is able to handle the extreme heat.

Useful links:

Omani Air, pet travel

Oman Pet travel

IATA

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Permit to import pets

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