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USA to South Africa – International Pet Air Travel

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USA to South Africa - International Pet Transport Overview

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 of the 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
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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
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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
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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
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Completed by agent in the destination country.

Health

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

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