Tips for Traveling to Africa With Your Dog

Dog is traveling with you
13 Jun

With dog in your carTips if you are considering to travel with your best buddy to Africa

If you’re planning on traveling to Egypt, Morocco or South Africa with your dog, peruse this checklist and make preparations well before your departure date. You must also be sure that your dog will always be at your side. In order to achieve this you must either use a lease or a wireless device such as a dog fence to keep your puppy within a short distance. 

For information about bringing your pet to other African countries, visit the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website.

You should consult with your veterinarian and the consulate of the country you are traveling to for additional information.

When you are booking your flight, check your airline’s regulations for flying with pets. This is especially important if you are traveling during the summer. Many airlines do not allow animals in the cargo area between June and September. Short-snouted dogs are not allowed on some airlines. Some airlines allow small dogs to fly as passengers in the cabin; note that you will have to buy a separate ticket for your dog in advance of your flight. Since flights to these countries are several hours long, if you have a big dog, you might want to consider leaving your pooch at home, if possible.


According to APHIS, the following regulations apply to bringing a dog into Egypt:

  1. A health certificate (APHIS Form 7001/International Health Certificate) must be completed and signed by a veterinarian who is certified by APHIS. The health certificate must also be stamped and approved by APHIS. The fee and processing time for the APHIS endorsement varies; contact the Veterinary Services Area Office in your state for more information. The certificate must be completed no more than 14 days before you arrive in Egypt with your dog. Be aware that even with a health certificate, your dog may still be examined by an Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture veterinarian upon your arrival.
  2. Your dog must be vaccinated for distemper, hepatitis, parvo, leptospirosis, DHLPP and rabies at least four weeks and no more than 12 months before your arrival.
  3. Your dog must have a microchip compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785).
  4. If your dog is suspected of having a disease upon your arrival, he will be quarantined for up to 15 days. You will be charged for the care and feeding of your dog during the quarantine period.


APHIS lists the following regulations for traveling with your dog to Morocco:

  1. Your dog must have a health certificate (APHIS Form 7001/International Health Certificate) and rabies vaccination certificate that are both endorsed by APHIS in the state where they were issued.
  2. The certificate must then be sent to and authenticated by the U.S. Department of State Authentication Office. The authenticated certificate must be sent with the processing fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Consular Section of the Moroccan Embassy for legalization.
  3. A microchip is not required, but it is recommended.
  4. There are no quarantine requirements for healthy dogs.

South Africa

If you’re planning to take your dog with you to South Africa, APHIS notes the following requirements.

  1. You must have your dogs’ nails groomed.
  2. You must apply for and receive a South African Veterinary Import Permit from the Republic of South Africa Department of Agriculture.
  3. The permit will be sent to you along with a health certificate that must be completed and signed by an APHIS-certified veterinarian within 10 days of your departure to South Africa.
  4. If you are traveling from a country that is not free of rabies (such as the United States), your dog must receive a rabies vaccination at least 30 days but not longer than 12 months before your trip to South Africa. Dogs from the UK, Australia and New Zealand are not required to have a rabies vaccination.
  5. Your dog must have a microchip compatible with international standards (ISO 11784/11785).
  6. Healthy dogs from most countries are not quarantined upon arrival.
  7. When you and your dog arrive in South Africa, you must present the veterinary import permit, health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate (if applicable) to the South African Veterinary Import Control officer at the port of entry.