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Moving with a Pet to Kuwait

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Get ready to move to Kuwait with your pets. This guide provides key information on vaccinations, what you can bring to Kuwait, travel tips, and more, helping to avoid problems when you relocate with your pet.

Moving to Kuwait as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting adventure, but it comes with its own set of challenges, especially when you plan to bring your pet along. Kuwait has specific regulations regarding the importation of pets, including vaccination and paperwork requirements. While it is not uncommon to have pets in Kuwait, the process of bringing them into the country is quite stringent, and there are certain breeds and types of pets that are not allowed. Quarantine may be required for some animals, and there are specific steps you must follow to ensure a smooth transition for your furry friend. In this article, we will delve into the details of what you need to know about moving to Kuwait with your pet.

Can I bring my dog to Kuwait?

Yes, you can bring your dog to Kuwait, but there are specific requirements you must meet. Your dog must be microchipped and have up-to-date vaccinations, including rabies. You will need to obtain a health certificate from a licensed veterinarian and an import permit from the Kuwaiti authorities. Some breeds are banned in Kuwait, so it's important to check if your dog's breed is allowed before making travel arrangements.

Can I bring my cat to Kuwait?

Similar to dogs, cats can also be brought into Kuwait. They must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies and other common feline diseases. A health certificate from a veterinarian and an import permit from Kuwait are also required. Ensure that your cat's breed is not on the prohibited list and that you adhere to all the necessary regulations.

Pets that are Prohibited from Coming into Kuwait

Kuwait has restrictions on certain breeds of dogs and other exotic animals. Banned dog breeds typically include Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Doberman Pinschers, among others. It's crucial to verify the latest list of prohibited breeds and types of pets with the Kuwaiti authorities before planning your move, as these regulations can change.

How do I bring my pet to Kuwait?

To bring your pet to Kuwait, start by ensuring your pet is microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15-digit pet microchip. Next, your pet will need a rabies vaccination and a booster, which should be administered at least 30 days, but not more than 12 months, prior to entering Kuwait. Obtain a health certificate from your vet within 10 days of travel, and have it endorsed by the relevant government authority in your country. You will also need to apply for an import permit from the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) in Kuwait. Be aware that your pet may be subject to quarantine upon arrival, depending on the country of origin and the pet's health status.

Upon Arriving in Kuwait

Once your pet has arrived in Kuwait, you may need to go through a period of quarantine, especially if there are any concerns about your pet's health or vaccination status. It's important to secure a pet license for your dog or cat, which can be obtained from the local municipality. Finding a veterinarian in Kuwait is relatively easy, as there are several clinics that cater to expats. While dog parks are not as common in Kuwait as in some other countries, there are still places where you can take your dog for exercise. It's worth noting that the attitude towards pets, especially dogs, can vary in Kuwait, with some people being wary of them. Therefore, always be respectful of local customs and keep your pet on a leash in public areas.

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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