Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.

Flying with Your Dog to Dubai – What You Need to Know

Rachel Poli Author
May 5 ·
flying with your dog to dubai

Flying somewhere with your dog on an airplane isn’t an easy task. It’s doable, but there’s a lot of research involved and many requirements for you and your pup to meet. So, if you’re planning on bringing your furry friend to Dubai, then here’s everything you need to know about flying with your dog to Dubai.

Talk To Your Veterinarian First

The first thing you’ll want to do is talk to your vet. You’ll want to make sure that your dog will be able to fly comfortably. The vet will be able to help you decide if your dog is physical and mentally prepared for flight.

If not, it might be best to find a different transportation method, such as a cruise or a ferry. On the other hand, you can leave your dog at home. For instance, you can leave them with a well-trusted professional dog sitter or a family member.

However, sometimes you might not have a choice to leave them behind (depending on your reason for going to Dubai and how long you’ll be gone for).

If your dog is ready and healthy enough, your vet can ensure they’re up to date on their vaccinations to meet the requirements for the airline and Dubai. 

Every airline has different requirements. So, be sure to do your research beforehand so that you can discuss with your vet what your dog will need to board the plane and make their way to a new country.

For example, your dog may need the following:

  • Blood tests
  • Health certificates
  • Microchips (for identification)
  • Permits
  • Vaccinations

Remember, some of these requirements may change from time to time. Also, the conditions will depend on where you’re headed and how old your dog is. 

Requirements For Your Dog To Enter Dubai

Not only will you need your passport, but your dog will need a passport, too. Your pup needs a valid UAE pet import passport within 30 days of arriving in Dubai.

In addition, your furry friend will need the following:

  • A microchip with a 15-digit, non-encrypted ISO number (if their microchip doesn’t comply, you can bring your microchip scanner)
  • UAE pet import passport
  • Health certificate (endorsed by the USDA or the CFIA)
  • Various vaccinations
  • Treatment of internal and external parasites

Some of the vaccinations your pup will need may be the following:

  • Rabies
  • Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)
  • Canine Parvo Virus
  • Infectious Canine Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis

Luckily, Dubai doesn’t require pets to be put into quarantine upon arrival. As long as your dog gets a healthy check-up visit from the vet and has all the things they need to enter the country, you’ll be fine.

However, there are a few other rules to keep in mind. In addition to both of you have a passport, remember that you can only fly with up to two animals per person.

Also, puppies under 27 weeks old from high-risk rabies areas are not allowed into Dubai. In addition, puppies under 15 weeks old are too young to fly and enter the country. 

How Your Dog Will Fly

When flying with your dog to Dubai, there’s only one way your pup can travel on the plane. They must be in the cargo hold.

Even if you have a small dog breed, they’re not allowed to carry-on luggage or sit in the cabin with you. 

The only exception to this is if your dog is a service animal. However, they must comply with the service dog rules and regulations.

Luckily, the International Air Transport Association says your pet might be more comfortable in the cargo hold. It’s dim and quiet, so if your pup has anxiety, it might be more soothing for them to be in there.

In addition, dogs are only allowed to enter Dubai Mondays through Thursdays. Upon arrival, the dog will need to be checked in by customs. This process may take several hours, so you’ll want to plan accordingly. 

Banned Dog Breeds In Dubai

When in Dubai, dogs must be leashed and muzzled at all times when they’re in public. Unfortunately, some breeds are not allowed into Dubai at all.

These “bully” breeds include the following:

  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • The American Staffordshire Terrier
  • American Bully
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Brazilian Mastiff (Fila Brasileiro)
  • Argentinian Mastiff (Dogo Argentino)
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Canario Presa
  • Boxer
  • Mastiff mixed breeds
  • Japanese Tosa mixed breeds
  • Any mixed breeds of the listed purebreds

Your Dog’s Comfort Comes First

Flying on an airplane is scary for most humans, let alone dogs who don’t understand what a plane is, how it works, or where they’re going.

You’ll want to work with your vet to ensure that your dog is fully prepared. Also, since dogs are only allowed in the cargo hold on a flight to Dubai, you’ll need to make sure that’s the best option for your pup.

For example, if they have separation anxiety from you, being in the cargo hold may stress them out further. So, it might be a good idea to keep them home with a family member, just in case.

Here are some tips to ensure that your dog is prepared to fly:

  • Purchase plane tickets that have as few layovers and connections as possible
  • Choose arrival times to avoid extreme heat or cold
  • Train your dog to get used to their carrier
  • Discuss any anxiety needs with your vet beforehand
  • If your dog goes into the cabin, check-in as late as possible
  • If your dog goes into the cargo hold, check-in as early as possible
  • Walk your dog before your flight and immediately after arrival
  • Avoid food and drink a few hours before the flight

These tips will help reduce stress for your dog, and they’ll also keep them as healthy as possible.

For instance, the hottest months in Dubai are between June and August. So, if you’re going to travel in the summer, the best option is to arrive in the evening so that the weather is cooler for your dog.

Overall, you want to aim to keep the flight as safe and positive as possible for your pup. First, however, you need to keep up with the country and state you’re entering and the airline’s requirements.

Should You Fly With Your Dog to Dubai?

If your dog can handle flying, they’re healthy, and they meet all of the requirements to get on the plane and enter Dubai, then yes. You can your furry friend can have a nice trip together to Dubai. 

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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