Entering Qatar with a Pet
Information about the restrictions and requirements when bringing your pet to Qatar...
It is possible to bring a domestic cat or dog into Qatar, provided the animal meets certain requirements. To import a pet, it is necessary to obtain a permit from one of the Department of Animal Resources’ veterinary clinics.
- For information on importing a pet from the Qatari government: Click here and select Services, then Family, Community and Religion, then Pets and Animal Control
The following documents are needed to obtain a permit:
- A health certificate for the animal, issued in the home country within 14 days of the animal’s proposed entry into Qatar
- An up-to-date vaccination record. All animals must be vaccinated against rabies. Dogs must be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and leptospirosis, and cats must have vaccinations for calicivirus, rhinotracheitis and panleukopaenia. Vaccinations should have been given at least 30 days before travel
- Copy of the owner’s passport
The animal must not be younger than four months old. Permits are valid for one month and can be obtained from the Department of Animal Resources’ veterinary clinics via the sponsor or employer before arrival. It is also possible to engage a specialist pet importer to carry out all the paperwork on the pet owner’s behalf. The following Qatari organisations can arrange pet imports and exports:
Pet relocators in the home country can also provide such services.
There is no quarantine in Qatar, but animals will be kept at a special facility at Doha International Airport until they clear customs.
The following breeds of dogs are not permitted to be brought into the country:
- American Staffordshire terrier
- Bull mastiff
- Bull terrier
- Great Dane
- Japanese Akita
- Shar Pei
- Staffordshire bull terrier.
Regulations for transporting pets by air
Transporting animals on airlines is heavily regulated, and the airline should follow the International Air Transport Association code of conduct. It is necessary to provide an approved container for the animal to travel in. Check with the airline about its animal transportation policy.
For a general guide on permitted containers: Click here
In general, the container has to be properly ventilated and big enough for the animal to stand up and turn around.
All pets in Qatar should be micro-chipped for identification purposes (either before arrival or at a local Qatar vet). Collars should be worn too, as animals found without such identification will be classed as strays.