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Country: Kenya

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the importing country requirements.

An import permit is required and is obtainable from the Republic of Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives.

Email
info@kilimo.go.ke

As the importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the importing country’s documentation carefully at the time of preparation for export.

Note
Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.

Health requirements

As importing country requirements may change without advice to the Department you should check the import permit and/or the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives import procedures at the time of preparation for export.

Health certification

I, _____________________________, an Australian Government Official Veterinarian, certify after due enquiry, in regards to the dogs identified in the attached veterinary certificate, that the animals:

  1. I certify that Australia is free from Rabies. There has been no occurrence of Rabies in Australia for the past six (6) months.
  2. Were kept since birth or for the 6 months prior to shipment in a rabies free country as defined in the World Health Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Australia).
  3. The dogs are clinically free of symptoms of any contagious and infectious disease and internal and external parasites, the certificates being dated not more than 48 hours before embarkation.

Other requirements

The following Terms and Conditions were listed in an import permit for dogs and cats issued by the Republic of Kenya Directorate of Veterinary Services in October 2020:

No canine or feline animal shall be imported into Kenya from any country unless accompanied by an international veterinary certificate attesting that the animal:

1. Showed no clinical signs of rabies on the day of shipment;

2. Were kept since birth or for the 6 months prior to shipment in a rabies free country defined in the World Health Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code OR satisfy the following stipulations:

i. Showed no clinical signs of rabies within 48 hours of shipment;

AND EITHER

ii. Were identified by a permanent mark (such as a microchip) and their identification number shall be stated in the certificate or had any other adequate identification; and

iii. Were vaccinated against rabies:

a. Not less than 6 months and not more than one year prior to shipment in the case of a primary vaccination which, should have been carried out when the animals were at least 3 months old;

b. Not more than one year prior to shipment in the case of a booster vaccination;

c. With an inactivated virus vaccine or with a recombinant vaccine expressing the rabies virus glycoprotein; and

iv. Were subjected not less than 3 months and not more than 24 months prior to shipment to an antibody test as prescribed in the OIE Terrestrial Manual with a positive result equivalent to at least 0.5 IU/mL

OR

have not been vaccinated against rabies or do not meet all the conditions set out in points ii, iii, iv above in such cases the Kenyan authorities may require the placing of the animals in a quarantine station located on in the country for up to six months at the cost of the owner of the animal.

3. Is clinically free of symptoms of any other contagious and infectious disease and internal and external parasites, the certificate being dated not more than 48 hours before embarkation;

4. The import permit shall be valid for a maximum of ninety days and shall be for one consignment only.

5. The import permit shall accompany the animal during importation.

6. Animals entering Kenya should travel as Manifest Cargo and use the Freight Compartment of the aircraft. Arrangements to have the animal travel in the passenger cabin shall be at the discretion of the airline provided that it passes through the animal holding station for inspection.

7. Puppies and kittens which are aged 3 months and below will be allowed to travel on the mother's 

Return to Australia

If your animal is returning to Australia, you should make yourself familiar with the Department’s requirements for importing live animals into Australia. This is important as your animal may have been exposed to diseases that do not occur in Australia.

Basis for Micor entry

Based on health conditions included in a permit issued in October 2020. Entry last reviewed 19 May 2021.

Latest updates

17/08/2021 - Extensive changes were made to all sections of this entry.
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Last updated: 3/07/2022 11:39 PMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:48 PM