Moving with my cats from Dubai to India

#1 Sep 13th, 2014, 20:26
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Hi all,

In about six months, we'll be relocating with our two cats from Dubai to India (Bangalore). Luckily, our family meets the criteria of the 2013 circular and our cats should be eligible to the NOC.

I'm currently gathering information about the process. I'll be posting there about the progress so it can benefit others. I will most likely work with an agent eventually but I prefer to understand the process and cost involved myself. This will help me check that the agent knows what they are doing and make sure they don't rip me off beyond reason.

Right now, I'm working on the following questions. If you know the answers to any question, please let me know!

IMPORTING PETS TO INDIA
- How much does the quarantine officer charge for NOC processing?
- How much does the quarantine officer charge for quarantine clearance on arrival and after 30 days?
- How long does it take to process a NOC?
- How long is the NOC valid for?
- Does the pet need to be presented to the quarantine officer for the final clearance, 30 days after arrival
- Does the pet vaccination book also need to be stamped by an official body in the country of origin?
- Does the Indian consulate need to attest all the required documents from UAE
- Who's a good agent in Bangalore and what's a reasonable price?

EXPORTING PETS FROM UAE
- How long is the export permit valid for?
- Does the cat need a "fit to fly" certificate from my regular vet before I take her to the Ministry of Environment and Water to obtain the export permit
- Which documents to I need to book the flight for my cat?
- How much does the MOEW charge to stamp the import permit?
- How much do airlines charge for pets travelling as "manifest cargo"
- Are Persian cats completely banned on Emirates airlines or does this apply only to summer months?

Here is what I know so far:

IMPORTING PETS TO INDIA
1) The pet owner must meet the criteria of the 2013 circular http://www.cbec.gov.in/customs/cs-ci...15-2013-cs.htm

2) The pet must be microchipped

3) The pet must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination should be at least 30 days old but not more than 1 year old.

4) The quarantine officer of the destination airport must deliver a NOC. The required documents for the NOC are:
- Heath Certificate filled by a government vet of the exporting country. In US, it would be USDA. In UAE, it's the ministry of environment and water. The health certificate form is called "Annexure II Animal Heath Certificate for Importation of Cats into India". There is a similar form for dogs. Both can be found on Jet Airways web site at: http://www.jetairways.com/EN/AE/Prod...thAnimals.aspx
- pet passport with vaccination details
- copy of ID and ticket of pet owner
I'm guessing the officer would also ask for a proof of transfer of residence, for example a letter from the Indian consulate.
The contact of the Bangalore airport quarantine officer can be found at http://www.bengaluruairport.com/airp...te=axi3ajr42_4

4) The quarantine officer must see the cat on arrival and issue a Provisional Quarantine Clearance Certificate

5) After 30 days, the quarantine officer must issuer a final qurantine clearance

EXPORT FROM UAE

1) The cat must travel as "accompanied luggage" (= checked in) or "manifest cargo". There is no company allowing the cat to travel from UAE to India in cabin. The main difference between the two modes is the way the pet is checked in, the cost and whether the owner has to be on board or not. The cats will be in the same location in the plane regardless of the chosen mode.

2) If the cat travels as "accompanied luggage", their travel is charged as excess luggage, considering the weight of the cat and the crate. The rate is 75 AED per kg with Emirates.

3) The cats crate must meet IATA requirements. For snub-nosed breeds (e.g. persians), it is recommend to go for one size bigger. Some airlines do not allow snub-nosed breeds at all!

4) The cat owner must obtain an export permit from the Ministry of Environment and Water (MOEW). The processing fee is AED 400 and the required documents are:
- Copy of the owners passport and Emirates ID card
- Any documents requested by country of import (I believe the vaccination book is all we need)
The pet need to be presented to the MOEW vet to obtain the export permit.
http://www.moew.gov.ae/en/our-servic...e-animals.aspx
#2 Mar 20th, 2016, 16:26
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Quick update on this thread - I successfully moved to India with the two cats in May last year. The paperwork was a bit daunting but working with an agent really helped and was worth every penny I spent on it. The most difficult part was synchronizing everything, the NOC is valid for a precise day and flight number, the export permit is valid only for a few days so everything had to be done at the exact right time but we made it! We flew to Bangalore first and then from Bangalore to Pune after a few weeks. The cats took in the trip remarkably well, they were quite stressed on their first flight but completely unimpressed on the second one. And they love Pune!
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Excellent job! Excellent information!
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#4 Mar 23rd, 2016, 13:26
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One more thing. My agents were Furry Flyer in India and Dubai Kennel and Cattery in Dubai. I highly recommend both. They were very professional and did not charge beyond reason. They were also transparent in their pricing (no surprises!).

I could have probably managed the UAE side myself but it would have added a lot to the last-minute stress of moving as none of the documents can be prepared well in advance.

There is no way I would have been able to manage the India side alone.
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Good you mention the agents. It is great to hear you had good experiences with FurryFlyers. Until now I only heard that they were very, very expensive, US$2,000 and upwards, so it would be helpful if you could share some more info on cost.
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The agent fee from Furry Flyers was about 20,000 Rs ($320) for two cats. This includes all the paperwork on the India side.

I'm sure the fee can go higher if they take care of everything: paperwork in the originating country, travel crates, booking of tickets etc. I believe it would also be more expensive if the cats were travelling as unaccompanied cargo, they travel alone, the airline charges them as cargo and you need special expensive wooden crates. Mine traveled as checked-in luggage, I traveled with them, I used regular travel crates and the airline charged them as excess luggage. I also did all the bookings myself.

The agent on UAE side cost me roughly $700. About half of that goes to UAE government fees to process the export permit and health certificate. I would have had to pay them even if I had not worked with an agent.

The best is to ask the agent for a detailed quote. I did that with Furry Flyers and Dubai Kennel and Cattery and was able to pick the best option for me and the cats. Their quotes were precise and there were no hidden costs.
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I plan to travel with my pets dubai to pune and back

Will this be too much of a hassle? Would I need the animal import/export formalities, because I will be travelling every three months?
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Why too much stress for your animals, is going to be very expensive and lots of hassle. For more info contact: PetFly: http://www.petfly.in/

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