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Importing Pets to South Africa

Application Forms

As from 1 April 2014, no animal or animal product (including samples) may be imported into or moved in transit through South Africa without the importer obtaining a veterinary import permit. The tariff is R140.00 per permit.

  1. Please complete the application form fully, in print, prior to submission.
  2. Import permits are valid for a limited period and for one consignment only.
  3. Imports may only be authorized in writing by issuing a veterinary import permit.
  4. Application for a permit must be made at least four (4) weeks prior to introduction.
  5. Applicants are advised to call the permit office if the permit has not been received two weeks after the application was submitted.
  6. It is the responsibility of the importer to read and comply with the conditions on the veterinary import permit. FTM
  7. After completion, return the form to

    Director of Animal Health
    Private Bag X138
    Pretoria 0001

    or fax to:

    +011 27 12 329-8292 or
    +011 27 12 329-8292

    or email to:  VetPermits@daff.gov.za

  8. Original veterinary certificates must be made available at port of entry only and need not accompany this application, unless it is specifically requested.
  9. In the case of CITES species, certified copies of the CITES permit(s) must accompany the application.
  10. Proof of payment must accompany the application.

Please note that no Veterinary Import Permit will be issued without the correct and complete information being provided as requested.