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Qatar (QA)

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Importing country requirements

It is the exporter's responsibility to ensure that the animal meets the Qatari import requirements.

An import permit is required and may be obtained online or by contacting the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

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

Health requirements

An approved import permit is required, and conditions may include vaccinations for Rabies, a Rabies Neutralising Antibody Test (RNAT) and an imperative to wait for a period after the RNAT test before the animal is eligible to travel.

Dogs and cats must be accompanied by a valid original official veterinary health certificate.

Special conditions

The conditions below are provided from an import permit that was issued in 2019:

The following are not allowed to enter into Qatar:

  • Non vaccinated dogs against rabies, canine distemper, canine Parvo, canine infectious hepatitis and Leptospirosis

    [The department understands that this means that dogs exported to Qatar require rabies vaccination, a C3 and leptospirosis vaccination.]
  • Non vaccinated cats against (rabies and tri-cat)

    [The department understands that this means that cats exported to Qatar require rabies vaccination and an F3 vaccination.]
  • Dogs and cats less than four months old
  • Any dogs or cats without Microchip

Regarding rabies vaccination:

  • The vaccination of rabies should be one month prior to dispatch or shipment and the animal should enter during the 11 months of vaccine validity.
  • Vaccination certificate must clearly show vaccine sticker in which batch number, dates and manufactures, expiry, and the name of manufacturing company are mentioned.
  • Test certificate issued from accredited laboratory within a period not more than 12 months prior to the date of shipment that shows the serum neutralization test (RSNT) against rabies at a level equivalent to or greater than half of the international unit (≥0.5 IU / ML).

Entering into Qatar dangerous and aggressive breeds of dogs require a special permit from the Ministry of Interior.

In accordance with the Veterinary Quarantine Law No. (14) of the 2003, regulating veterinary quarantine and its amendments, dogs and cats will be quarantined for at least six months or (refuse entry) if the veterinary authority is not satisfied regarding their health condition or their accompanying certificates.

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

Importing country website information. Entry last reviewed 9 March 2021.

Latest updates

08/04/2021 - Inclusion of importing country requirements as taken from a permit issued in 2019.
Last updated: 31/03/2023 12:28 AMCreated: 15/01/2015 12:33 PM