Are you a Lebanese UAE resident with a furrbaby? It’s now possible to take them on vacation to Beirut!

General Pet-related Prerequisites

  • The pet must be inspected by a veterinarian to advise if the pet is fit for travel as some pet breeds or pets with certain illnesses might suffer from unfortunate events during travel.
  • The pet must have been administered a rabies vaccination shot not less than 21 days prior to travel date and not more than 12 months prior to travel date. You should have the vaccination certificate including the vaccine’s manufacturer, batch number, and expiration date.
  • Other vaccinations are required (and usually recommended regardless of travel) to be made once in a lifetime and are mentioned in this MOCCAE document.
  • The pet must be microchipped.
  • The pet must have a vaccination book which is also sometimes referred to as a passport.
  • The pet should have a travel bag that meets the airline requirements. For example, on Etihad Airlines, the pet travel bag or kennel must not exceed 40 x 40 x 22cm (L x W x H) to fit under your seat or 50 x 43 x 50cm (L x W x H) if you will purchase an adjacent seat for your pet.

Process

From UAE to LEB

  • Option 1: via Etihad Airlines
  1. Arrange for an appointment with your vet so they check your pet and provide you a fit-to-fly certificate.
  2. Submit a request for a veterinary health certificate for exporting or re-exporting live animals via the website or mobile app of the Ministry of Climate Change & Environment (MOCCAE). (see image below)
  • Option 2: via Middle East Airlines

From LEB to UAE

Required Medical Treatments

  1. Anti-external parasites using (Fipronil or Permethrin)
  2. Deworming (Anthelmintic) using (Praziquantel)

Process

  1. Arrange for an appointment with your vet so they check your pet and provide you a fit-to-fly certificate as well as the treatments mentioned in the previous section along with the updated signed and stamped vaccination book.
  2. Submit a request for Import of pets (cats/dogs) via the website or the mobile app of MOCCAE and make the payment of 200 AED. Make sure you mention that your pet is a UAE resident. You will receive the import approval on the portal and you can download a soft copy of the certificate from the attachments section.
  • Bill of lading is the booking reference
  • Carrier is the flight number
Photograph: Javier Brosch/Alamy Stock Photo

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Nour Shurbaji

Nour Shurbaji

I write about history, poetry, love, and death.