Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to move abroad!
With your destination decided, there’s a lot of excitement in the air, and a little bit of fear (because lets’ face it, it’s a BIG move!), you start off your long “to-do” list eagerly to make sure that this as seamless a process as humanly possible.. but wait! What about your fur-babies?
It may seem daunting doing the online research and realizing that moving with your beloved pets requires its very own to-do list whilst having to keep within a strict time frame prior to travel. The best option would be to get in touch with a professional pet relocation agency to hold your hand through it all, but while you are looking at your options..
Here’s what you need to know about moving your pets from South Africa:
These are the very fundamental requirements for pet travel and pet exports out of South Africa and will vary slightly depending on your chosen new home country. It is important to check if there will be any sort of quarantine required prior or post travel for your fur-kids as this will help you with your travel calendar and timeline.
Step 1: Microchipping
Ensure that all pets have an ISO microchip. It is important to note that even if all your inoculations are currently up to date, but your pet isn’t microchipped, you will have to get them microchipped and then re-do all inoculations in order for them to be considered valid for travel. Micro-chipping must be done prior to or on the same day as the rabies vaccine, any variation to this may result in a blood redraw and possible travel delays
Step 2: Rabies Vaccination
These have to reflect in your pets vet book and need to be over 30 days old and less than 12 months.
Step 3: Valid Inoculations.
3-in1 for cats and 5-in-1 for dogs, these also have to be older than 30 days but less than 12 months old to qualify and must be recorded in the vet book.
Step 4: Rabies Neutralising Antibody Titration Test (RNATT).
The Rabies Test (RNATT) can only be drawn after 30 days from re-vaccination of Rabies if the pets Rabies inoculations have been allowed to expire. DO NOT draw blood before these 30 days as the pets will not receive State Vet Clearance and may not be allowed to enter the country or may be quarantined on entry. (if an RNATT is required for your destination)
NB: Entry to The EU may take place a minimum of 90 days after the drawing of blood for the RNATT, no sooner entry may happen, so keep this in mind when planning flights.
Step 5: Additional Recommendations.
As an extra precaution we recommend speaking to your vet about getting the kennel cough vaccination to avoid any hiccups along the way and to ensure that your pets are covered at all times, within any country. Safety first!
Best of luck with your move! We wish you and your fur-family many happy, tail-wagging moments as you travel and explore your new home together.