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The categories in this section covers the most common aspects of planning, preparing, investing and/or moving to the province. They are designed to be informative in a simple and straightforward manner. We cannot stress enough the need to appreciate the implications, logistics and cultural issues when  trying to fulfill your dream. While much of the information is based on requirement some of the guidance and detail has come from our own experience.Companies included are reputable and promoted mainly based on our own experience.

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    Pets Abroad Description

    For most domestic live animals brought into South Africa there is no quarantine period. You will however require a Veterinary Health Certificate,signed by an authorised Vet 10 days prior to departure and an Import Permit from the Director of Health in Pretoria , again prior to departure.

    For most cats and dogs the annual vaccinations / booster jabs need to be upto date and recorded in the animals log book. Dogs are required to have a Rabies jab. Always, please check with your own UK Vet what is required to export your animal.

    NOTE - If your pet has an exsisting identity microchip you should be aware that the scanners and readers in South Africa are NOT compatible. If you need to re chip your pet in SA the costs are similar to that of the UK.

    There are a great deal of Veterinary Clinics in Cape Town, many with excellent facilities. The treatment costs are about the same as the UK although medications are slightly cheaper. It is always worth asking someone you know or a neighbour for a recommendation on a Vet Practice.

    NOTE - It is worth noting that there is a specialist Vet Animal Hospital open 24 hours a day and seven days a week in Panorama, just off the N1 Nr Parow.

    LOCAL TELEPHONE - 021 930 6632


    It would not be wise to try and attempt exporting your animal on your own. We used a company that managed the whole transaction and sorted out both the UK and South African paperwork / documents / permits.

    AIRPETS - Oceanic
    Willowslea Farm Kennels (Heathrow )
    Spout Lane North,
    Stanwell Moor,
    TW19 6BW

    TELEPHONE - 01753 685571


    On arrival at Cape Town Airport, you collect your animal(s) from the Cargo Terminal.