We are in the process of moving to Oman and exported our two dogs, Rahhal and Ramla on 30th December 2016. If you plan to migrate with your canine/feline family to the UAE’s neighbour, here’s what you need to do.
#1 – If they don’t have it already, get your pet/s microchipped.
#2 – Ensure your pets’ vaccinations are up to date. Rabies vaccine is mandatory, and this should be administered at least 30 days before travel, in fact more than 30 days before you go and see the government vet – see below.
#3 – Up to 30 days before travel, apply online for an export permit from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE). This can only be done, and paid for, ONLINE! Cost is 400aed for up to 5 pets.
#4 – Take your pet to be inspected by a Government vet – list on the MOCCAE website. I went to the one at Abu Dhabi Airport which is open 24/7 and was not busy on a weekday evening. They will scan your pet’s microchip then give you the export permit – the vet may give you the scanner and ask you to scan your pet in his presence. This should be done within the 30 day window before departure.
#5 – Take your pets to an approved vet who will check them out and issue a certificate of good health – this cost us 250aed per dog.
#6 – Load your pets into your car (cages not required for dogs) and drive to UAE border. I went to the Khatim Al Shikla border in Al Ain where you might not even have to leave your car. Show your export permit, get your own exit stamp on your passport and go.
#7 – Arrive at Oman border post – we went to Wadi Al Jizzi – get an entry visa stamped into your passport. Take the pets out of your car and proceed to Vet’s office which is the last building on the far right as you drive through. He will take a copy of your passport with visa stamp, plus the UAE export permit and the certificates of good health before issuing an import permit (40 OMR) plus an individual permit for each pet (20 OMR each). The vet looked at my dogs – didn’t actually go near them, I think the one who dealt with mine is a little nervous around canines – handed over the permit.
#8 – load animals back into car and go – your pets have now successfully been imported into Oman!
Now that is the easy bit – should be wish to export them from Oman it is a costly and much more complicated process with a long lead time! Oman is a high-risk country for Rabies and the UAE, together with the UK and a whole host of other countries require a blood test to be done 90 days before travel to prove the rabies vaccine is active/effective.
I have heard of people smuggling pets into Oman from the UAE, then repeating the process the other way; I think this is extremely inadvisable given the new requirement by the UAE for the blood test, which only came into force in October 2016.