Nobody enjoys separation from their furry friends for too long. Importing an animal to Mauritius is challenging. 2Futures can introduce you to experts who will help you through the process.

Bear in mind that if you wish to move with your pet, you must have an import permit. Your pet will be quarantined on arrival in Mauritius. It is vital that you do thorough research in advance to ensure that you are fully compliant with government regulations when the time comes to move your pet.

You can apply for an import permit for your dog or cat from the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Division of Veterinary Services. You must do this three to six months before departure, depending on where you are travelling from. Your pet must be microchipped. All vaccinations must be up to date.

What you need:

  1. A motivation letter specifying the purpose of the arrival in Mauritius. If you are a noncitizen, enclose a copy of your resident permit /occupation permit. Also state the length of your proposed stay.
  2. A certificate of sterilization of your dog or cat.
  3. A copy of its vaccinations book.

Once your permit is granted, all information about the import of your dog or cat and required treatments and tests will be sent to you. You will only get the permit if all conditions are met, there is space at the kennel or cattery at the Quarantine Station and you have paid required fees.

You need to alert the abovementioned office about the arrival of your cat or dog at least four days in advance. Provide the time of arrival and flight number by email or phone. Make sure you or a representative or broker are there to receive the animal and to complete customs formalities.

Banned breeds

There are several dog breeds not allowed on the island. This list includes the American Pit Bull Terrier, Alaskan Malamute, American Staffordshire Terrier, Blue Nose Pit Bull, Red Nose Pit Bull, Boerboel, Bull Mastiff Cane Corso, Doberman Pinscher, French Mastiff and Japanese Tosa. Check to make sure that your dog is among those breeds that will be granted an import permit if all prescribed conditions are met.

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