Dogs that will be quarantined on arrival in South Africa may only be imported into South Africa via OR Tambo (Johannesburg) or Cape Town International Airports.

The dogs blood can either be tested in the country of origin or the blood sample can be sent to South Africa for testing.

If the Veterinary Authorities of the exporting country can certify that the exporting country is free from one or more of the above mentioned five diseases then the dogs exported to South Africa do not need to have blood tests done for the disease that the exporting country is free from.

The paperwork of animals going into quarantine must travel with the animal.

Before dogs can be imported the dog needs to be certified free from the following five diseases by means of blood tests.

Dogs from the following list of countries below do not need to go into quarantine on arrival in South Africa.

The dog must however have a valid import permit and a correctly completed health certificate, signed and stamped by a government veterinarian of the exporting country.Cats are not routinely quarantined on arrival in South Africa.The cat must however have a valid import permit and a correctly completed health certificate, signed and stamped by a government veterinarian of the exporting country.If these documents are not available at the time of the cats arrival in South Africa, the cat will be kept in quarantine until the required documentation is presented at the quarantine station.Dogs and cats must have a valid rabies vaccination.Copies of the indemnity form can be obtained from Dr Rajput at the Import Export Policy Unit, the permit office and from the two quarantine stations (see contact details below).