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Moving to Cameroon with a Pet

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Planning to move to Cameroon with your pet? Get all the vital information on required vaccinations, pet travel guidelines, and prohibited items in Cameroon. Make your relocation process easier with this guide.

Moving to Cameroon with a pet involves a series of regulations and procedures that must be followed to ensure a smooth transition for your furry companion. While it is not uncommon for locals to have pets in Cameroon, the concept of pet ownership may differ from what expats and digital nomads are accustomed to in their home countries. Vaccination and paperwork requirements are strict, and while there is no mandatory quarantine for pets entering the country, ensuring all documentation is correct is crucial to avoid any complications upon arrival. In this article, we will delve into the specifics of bringing your dog or cat to Cameroon, including prohibited pets, the process of importing your pet, and what to do once you have arrived in the country.

Can I bring my dog to Cameroon?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Cameroon, but you must comply with the country's import regulations. Your dog will need to be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before arrival but not more than 12 months prior. You will also need a veterinary health certificate stating that your dog is free from infectious diseases and fit to travel. This certificate should be issued within a few days of your departure.

Can I bring my cat to Cameroon?

Similar to dogs, cats can also be brought into Cameroon. The requirements for cats include a current rabies vaccination and a veterinary health certificate. Ensure that the rabies vaccination is administered within the appropriate time frame and that the health certificate is obtained close to your departure date to ensure validity upon arrival in Cameroon.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Cameroon

Cameroon does not have a specific list of pets that are prohibited from entering the country. However, it is important to note that exotic animals and certain breeds of dogs that are considered dangerous may be subject to restrictions or bans. It is advisable to contact the Cameroonian embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date information on prohibited pets before planning your move.

How do I bring my pet to Cameroon?

To bring your pet to Cameroon, you must ensure all required documentation and vaccinations are in order. Your pet must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip. After microchipping, your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. You will need to obtain a veterinary health certificate (also known as a sanitary certificate) from a licensed veterinarian, and this certificate must be endorsed by the government authority responsible for the import and export of animals in your country. Additionally, some airlines may require an acclimation certificate to ensure your pet can handle the travel conditions. It is recommended to check with your chosen airline for any additional requirements they may have.

Upon Arriving in Cameroon

After arriving in Cameroon with your pet, you may need to present all the documentation to the customs officials for verification. While there is no mandatory quarantine, if your paperwork is not in order, your pet could be quarantined or sent back to your country of origin at your expense. It is not common to license pets in Cameroon, but you should register your pet with a local veterinarian as soon as possible. Finding a veterinarian can be done through recommendations from other expats or locals, or by searching online. While dog parks are not a common feature in Cameroon, there are open spaces where you can take your dog for exercise. It's important to note that cultural attitudes towards pets can vary, and while some people may be fond of dogs and cats, others may not be as welcoming. Always be respectful of local customs and be aware of your pet's interactions with the community.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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