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Kuwait (KW)

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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 and international health certificate are required.

Contact the Animal Health Department of the Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) in Kuwait or the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Australia for further information.

Animal Health Department
PO Box 21422
Safat – Kuwait 13075
Where an importing country issues an import permit, the exporter must ensure the animal meets any requirements in the permit.
The permit is for non-commercial movements only and will become automatically void if found to be used for trade purposes.

Health requirements

An international Animal Health certificate form the country of origin must be attached.

Health certificate

I __________________________, a duly authorised government veterinary officer, hereby certify that:

Australia to be free from-

  1. Foot and mouth disease
  2. Rinderpest
  3. Glanders
  4. Equine encephalomyelitis
  5. Salmonellosis (Salmonella abortus equi)
  6. Equine influenza
  7. Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia
  8. African horse sickness (Horse Plague)

The area of origin to be free from-

  1. Equine viral arteritis
  2. Equine infectious anaemia
  3. Horse plague

Special conditions

The Kuwaiti quarantine authorities at the port of arrival must be notified at least 72 hours before arrival of the animals.

Other requirements

Permit requirements

An import licence must be obtained from the authorities in Kuwait. The application must state the number, kind, type (use) of animals; means of transport; and expected arrival date.

Transport requirements

While being transported, the animals are to be kept in isolation from any animals from countries where infectious or contagious diseases occur.

Port of entry requirements

An official veterinary certificate is required clearly showing any identifying marks.

The animals must be inspected and found to be free from any signs of infectious or contagious diseases.

The certificate must be certified by a Kuwaiti Diplomatic Mission or other authority representing the same. Contact the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Australia for further information.

A report from the ship's captain or aircraft captain is required as well stating-

  • details of any injuries or deaths
  • that the animals were not mixed with animals suffering from infectious or contagious diseases
  • that they did not pass through or land in areas where infectious or contagious diseases occur

Pre and post arrival quarantine requirements

The importing country may have specific pre and post arrival quarantine requirements and you should check this.

Return to Australia

If your animal is returning to Australia, you should make yourself familiar with the Department of Agriculture'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 a permit issued in October 2020 and importing country website and information.

Entry last reviewed 10 August 2022.

Latest updates

29/09/2022 - Amended health certificate.
Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:48 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:48 PM