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Pet Travel to South Africa from the USA

International Pet Travel to South Africa. Pet Travel Requirements for South Africa.

Pet Travel to South Africa. Fun Fact: Only 37% of households keep dogs, or approx. 9.1 million with only 2.4 million cats.  Dogs are still not often allowed in the house and are primarily kept as guard animals.  A few unusual pets kept as animal friends include: hyenas, serval cats, and old-world monkeys.

All pet veterinary health certificates to South Africa MUST BE endorsed by USDA-APHIS, including Service and Emotional Support Animals.

Cats

Microchip

Implant

Dogs and cats must be individually identified with an ISO microchip. If your pet has a different microchip implanted, please discuss with your pet travel expert to confirm eligibility.  The microchip MUST be implanted before the rabies vaccination.  The pets microchip number MUST be recorded accurately on all lab reports. 

Rabies

Vaccination

The vaccine used must be a strain of anti-rabies conforming to a potency standard recognized by the World Health Organization. The animal must have been vaccinated at least 30 days, but not longer than 12 months prior to export in the case of the primary vaccination. Animals under 3 months of age may not be vaccinated and are considered to have a valid vaccination provided the dam of the animal concerned was vaccinated at least 30 days, but not more than 12 months, prior to giving birth.  NB:  Such animals must be vaccinated at 3 months of age against rabies in the Republic of South Africa and the owners must inform  the South African Veterinary Authority.

Parasite

Treatment

Internal and External Parasite treatment: Pet cats have to be examined clinically by an official veterinarian within 10 days of export and found to be free of internal and external parasites, contagious and infectious diseases to which the species is susceptible and fit to travel.

Import

Permit

Completed by agent in the destination country.

Health

Certificate

Health Certificate must be signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA within 10 days of the dog or cat departure.

All disease testing, including test type, must comply with the requirements outlined on the veterinary health certificate. Failure to comply with the requirements in the veterinary health certificate may result in the pet being returned to the U.S. or euthanized.

Dogs

Microchip

Implant

Dogs and cats must be individually identified with an ISO microchip. If your pet has a different microchip implanted, please discuss with your pet travel expert to confirm eligibility.  The microchip MUST be implanted before the rabies vaccination.  The pets microchip number MUST be recorded accurately on all lab reports. 

Rabies

Vaccination

Any U.S. licensed rabies vaccine product is acceptable for use.  Rabies vaccination must be within 12 months of export, and more than 30 days prior to export in the case of primary rabies vaccination.

Diseases

Testing

ALL tests must be performed within 30 days of export (no exceptions are permitted without a dispensation issued by South Africa).  All test results must be NEGATIVE; any dog testing POSITIVE for any of the five mentioned diseases will not be eligible for export to South Africa. Sample collection dates must be recorded on all laboratory reports.  All tests must be completed at an “officially approved laboratory” located in the United States, per the South African veterinary health certificate requirements, with the exception of testing for T. evansi, which must be completed at an OIE Reference Laboratory approved for this disease.  ONLY the T. evansi test samples should be sent to OIE Reference Laboratories. Detailed information on T. evansi sample submission can be found on the APHIS Pet Travel Website. 

Testing

Methods

ONLY the following test methods are allowed as outlined below: 

Brucella Canis: Serum agglutination (this is the ONLY acceptable test method) 

Trypanosmoa Evansi: BOTH Card agglutination test* AND Giemsa blood smear* 

*Both tests MUST be performed at an OIE Reference Laboratory 

Babesia Gibsoni: BOTH Immunoflouresence antibody test AND Giemsa blood smear 

Dirofilaria Immitis:  Microfilarial filtration test (this is the ONLY acceptable test method)

Leishmaniosis: Indirect fluorescent antibody test OR ELISA test OR Direct agglutination test OR Western blot/membrane immunoassay  

Heartworm

Testing

Heartworm Testing: from the date of negative testing, until export, at the required intervals: you are required to provide the date(s) of administration of D. immitis preventative (a.k.a. heartworm) medication after a negative test result for Dirofilaria has been received, and before the date of health certificate issuance. There should be at least ONE treatment date listed in section 6.1 of the certificate AFTER the test result of the negative heartworm test was received and BEFORE (or on the same day as) the USDA Accredited Veterinarian signs the health certificate (unless using ProHeart SR-12 injectable annually).

If a product is designed for ticks but not flies, an additional product may also be used for flies, but please note drug interactions with the Heartworm preventative treatment to avoid overdose.

Health and Babesia

Treatment

Leishmania and Babesia gibsoni: the animals must be treated with an effective acaricide, and with insect repellent, registered in South Africa within 30 days before departure.  Any acaricide and insect repellent product licensed for use in the United States for the prevention of insect disease vectors, namely ticks and flies, may be used. This can be administered as a combination product (Ex: K9 Advantix II) or individually (Ex: both a permethrin product and an imidacloprid product). The date(s) of application, product names and dosages must be recorded in Item 6.2 of the certificate PRIOR TO submitting the certificate for APHIS endorsement.

ANY DEVIATION FROM THIS PRESCRIBED TESTING METHOD OR TIMEFRAME WOULD REQUIRE A DISPENSATION ISSUED BY SOUTH AFRICA. APHIS has been informed that any dog that arrives in South Africa “with the test results that do NOT comply with South African requirements stands a very high chance of being returned to the country of origin or euthanized. Noncompliant animals will not be brought into quarantine as was done in the past.” The U.S. government takes this warning very seriously.  

Health

Certificate

To be completed by your private USDA Accredited Veterinarian and endorsed by the USDA within 10 days of departure

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November 21, 2022

When I moved from California to Texas, I sent my pets, Turbo and Duke, to Texas ahead of me. They stayed at The Pet Porters' beautiful location in Crowley. Jelena gave me updates and was very accommodating when I had to extend their stay. I had enough to worry about with my move, but I didn't have to worry about Duke and Turbo at all. The Pet Porters were excellent.

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November 11, 2022

The team at pet porters could not have been more helpful. My dog moved from Dallas to Sweden in September 2022 and even tho we had a few hiccups with the airline petporters looked after us all. Kept me up to date during my dogs flight, took him in as one of their own during boarding and overall lovely. Recommend 10/10. Thank you!

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Joseph Pizzimenti
5.0
October 27, 2022

Aloha, When you have a family of 6 (yes-six!) Aussiedoodles heading to Oahu from Texas, you MUST use the professionals at Pet Porters to navigate Hawaii’s stringent pet transport program! Jen and her team coordinated the entire process with minimal delays and even boarded our clan until airlines opened up for pet travel…… after nine weeks apart (waiting onTiters and temps to drop), we were reunited and the family is whole again! Mahalo Nui Loa and Thanks for the ride- Luna, Dida, Mercedes, Shadow, Leo and Kona

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Hervé Fehrenbach
5.0
October 4, 2022

Couldn’t have been happier to have worked with the Jelena from the Pet Porters! Our 11yo pitbull mix made it well to Germany and is enjoying his new home. We highly recommend working with the Pet Porters, saved us a lot of stress!

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5.0
September 28, 2022

When my brother decided to move to Australia from Los Angeles one of his biggest concerns was his Bernice, his cat. We looked at many different pet courier services and decided on Pet Porters. We could not be happier with our choice. Jelena was with us at each stage, solving problems, keeping us in the loop and following through on the dozens of details. Now Bernice is here with us after a long process and journey, she has settled in beautifully and Phil is very happy!

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Becky & Jarom Wren
5.0
August 1, 2022

We moved cross country and had our dog relocated by Pet Porters. Jelena and Jen were great! Communication was frequent and helpful. Our dog was safe and happy and we loved getting pictures and updates as he road tripped to our new home. Their boarding facility is clean and spacious and we would definitely hire them again for help transporting or boarding our pup!

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July 30, 2022

A truly incredible service for people moving intercontinental and unable to move their pets themselves. Excellent communication the entire way and door-to-door delivery.

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Laura Fewell
5.0
July 7, 2022

Highly recommend! The owners are very trustworthy and caring, and always send cute and funny photos of our 4 fur babies having fun!

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Gary Tiedemann
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July 6, 2022

We had been dealing with American airlines to transport our two larger dogs to El Salvador from Miami and I had a bad feeling about to situation. With our flight leaving in a week I found The Pet Porters online. I was put in touch with Jen on the Thursday, morning a week before our flight and by the end of the day she had the girls booked on a flight landing two hours after us in El Salvador. I can't thank her and her crew enough. I highly recommend them. Gary and Yvonne, Bonita Springs, FL.

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June 27, 2022

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When I moved from California to Texas, I sent my pets, Turbo and Duke, to Texas ahead of me. They stayed at The Pet Porters' beautiful location in Crowley. Jelena gave me updates and was very accommodating when I had to extend their stay. I had enough to worry about with my move, but I didn't have to worry about Duke and Turbo at all. The Pet Porters were excellent.

C Kemp November 21, 2022
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The team at pet porters could not have been more helpful. My dog moved from Dallas to Sweden in September 2022 and even tho we had a few hiccups with the airline petporters looked after us all. Kept me up to date during my dogs flight, took him in as one of their own during boarding and overall lovely. Recommend 10/10. Thank you!

Emilia Almkvist November 11, 2022
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Aloha, When you have a family of 6 (yes-six!) Aussiedoodles heading to Oahu from Texas, you MUST use the professionals at Pet Porters to navigate Hawaii’s stringent pet transport program! Jen and her team coordinated the entire process with minimal delays and even boarded our clan until airlines opened up for pet travel…… after nine weeks apart (waiting onTiters and temps to drop), we were reunited and the family is whole again! Mahalo Nui Loa and Thanks for the ride- Luna, Dida, Mercedes, Shadow, Leo and Kona

Joseph Pizzimenti October 27, 2022
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Couldn’t have been happier to have worked with the Jelena from the Pet Porters! Our 11yo pitbull mix made it well to Germany and is enjoying his new home. We highly recommend working with the Pet Porters, saved us a lot of stress!

Hervé Fehrenbach October 4, 2022
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When my brother decided to move to Australia from Los Angeles one of his biggest concerns was his Bernice, his cat. We looked at many different pet courier services and decided on Pet Porters. We could not be happier with our choice. Jelena was with us at each stage, solving problems, keeping us in the loop and following through on the dozens of details. Now Bernice is here with us after a long process and journey, she has settled in beautifully and Phil is very happy!

Greg tzinberg September 28, 2022
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We moved cross country and had our dog relocated by Pet Porters. Jelena and Jen were great! Communication was frequent and helpful. Our dog was safe and happy and we loved getting pictures and updates as he road tripped to our new home. Their boarding facility is clean and spacious and we would definitely hire them again for help transporting or boarding our pup!

Becky & Jarom Wren August 1, 2022
google

A truly incredible service for people moving intercontinental and unable to move their pets themselves. Excellent communication the entire way and door-to-door delivery.

Caleb Sherstad July 30, 2022
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Highly recommend! The owners are very trustworthy and caring, and always send cute and funny photos of our 4 fur babies having fun!

Laura Fewell July 7, 2022
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We had been dealing with American airlines to transport our two larger dogs to El Salvador from Miami and I had a bad feeling about to situation. With our flight leaving in a week I found The Pet Porters online. I was put in touch with Jen on the Thursday, morning a week before our flight and by the end of the day she had the girls booked on a flight landing two hours after us in El Salvador. I can't thank her and her crew enough. I highly recommend them. Gary and Yvonne, Bonita Springs, FL.

Gary Tiedemann July 6, 2022
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The Pet Porters are amazing! Your pets are in great hands with them! They are professional, kind and knowledgeable. I really appreciated all of the updates and photos along the way and could relax knowing my pets were safe and in very capable hands. Highly recommend!

Amy Romero June 27, 2022
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It’s absolutely wonderful to have a company such as this to help with my relocation Thank you Pet Porters

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The best friend your loved pet(s) will ever have. I've been using The Pet Porters to take care of my fur babies for about 4 years and would never use anyone else!!! The Pet Porters is the real deal - if I could give 100 stars, I would.

Jennifer Holtan May 21, 2022
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Jelena was outstanding! She is warm, friendly, funny and very knowledgeable about dogs. She transported our dog Miles from LA to Chicago, which took four days. She sent the most incredible photos of Miles at different sites across the country and kept in touch with us via text every few hours. We felt so comfortable with her taking care of Miles and we would absolutely recommend her. He had the best time! In fact, she is taking Miles on his next trip in a few months.

samantha wolinsky May 12, 2022
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Pet Porters moved my pet from Texas to Colombia and they were able to make the process simple and a nice experience for my dog. They took care of all the paperwork necessary and kept me informed during the whole process. Their local agents were also awesome, and we're able to accommodate to all my needs. I will definitely repeat with them if I have the need in the future. Thanks

We had a wonderful experience with Jelena and her team. I would highly recommend them to anyone making a complicated international move. They took care of every detail competently and quickly and were very reassuring throughout the entire process (we were completely stressed about the whole thing, and we really appreciated their calm and level-headed advice and quick responses to emails and messages). Thanks Jelena and team, we appreciate you very much!

Vanessa Peters April 21, 2022
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The pet porters went out of there way to make our move easy. .... my pups are very important and they were lucky to have the pet porters help the fly and travel safely to Germany. I would recommend the pet porters to anyone in a second. Thanks pet porters more than you know!!!

Devon Bullock January 22, 2022
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Our dogs were absolutely spoiled by this cross country transport. We received multiple texts a day with updates and pictures from various sites and play time. Our dogs saw Graceland, an Air & Space museum, and the Grand Canyon! The 2,700 mile trip was safe and fun. It also helps that the price was 20% less than the bigger company our relocation service directed us to.

Mike Brown January 13, 2022
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Helped us get our 75 pound staffy mix from Houston, Texas to Milan, Italy. Was very involved with the process and felt comfortable shipping him here! I would plan for the final quote being more than the initial just based on different circumstances that can happen.

Jazmin Zayas December 8, 2021
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If you need help moving your dog, I highly recommend The Pet Porters. We recently moved internationally and needed to get our two large dogs overseas. Jelena took care of all the details and made the trip as smooth as possible. Neither of my dogs had ever traveled like this before and they were treated like royalty. Through out the trip, i received photo updates about how they were doing and constantly knew were they were. Moving is stressful on it's own, add in moving dogs and I was overwhelmed. The Pet Porters took away all that stress and made it feel effortless. I highly recommend them!

Erin OLeary November 22, 2021
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Jelena was incredibly helpful and very responsive throughout the entire process. Our vet almost messed up in the end but Jelena sorted it all out.

Mannan Qazi November 17, 2021
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