mauritius pet relocation requirements

Navigating Mauritius Pet Relocation Requirements

Many foreigners relocating to Mauritius are often concerned about bringing their pets along and meeting the Mauritius pet relocation requirements. We, at TBI, have been assisting several foreigners in relocating to Mauritius, whether through investment in a business or property, through occupation, or through retirement. Our services extend to families, individuals, investors, entrepreneurs among others.

With over 10 years of working and living on the island, we provide assistance with all relocation-related matters, from finding a place to settle in or a property to invest in, choosing the right school, finding a pet relocation specialist, and others. This article explores the steps you need to take and matters you need to be aware of, to abide by the Mauritius pet relocation requirements. Get in touch.

Age Requirements

Mauritius pet relocation requirements mandate that puppies and kittens must be older than 7 months to be eligible for relocation. This age criterion ensures the maturity and readiness of the animal for travel and relocation. For those relocating from South Africa, ensure your pet has continuously resided in South Africa for 6 months.

Import Permit

An Import Permit from the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security is a prerequisite and must be obtained at least three months before your scheduled departure from the exporting country. Keep in mind that import Permits are subject to strict conditions, including the requirement that all pets arriving in Mauritius must come as manifest cargo only. Pets cannot be transported in the cabin or as excess luggage. Coordinates of a local broker for clearance purposes must be provided to ensure smooth processing upon arrival.

International Veterinary Certificate

When the animal arrives in Mauritius, it must be accompanied by all the original documents, including an International Veterinary Certificate issued by the Competent Authority of the exporting country. These documents must be endorsed by the competent authority and provide essential information regarding the pet’s health and vaccination history.

Microchip Compliance

Compliance with microchipping regulations is essential for pet relocation to Mauritius. The microchipping process must be completed prior to or concurrently with the rabies vaccination, aligning with Mauritius pet relocation regulations. It is recommended that microchip brands conform to the ISO standard for reliable identification.

Vaccination Protocols

In addition to rabies vaccinations, your pet must receive standard vaccinations to guard against prevalent diseases. Dogs should be vaccinated against canine distemper, canine parvovirus, infectious canine hepatitis, and leptospirosis. Dogs must also be tested and found free from Erlichiosis and Brucella Canis. Cats require vaccinations against feline enteritis, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus. Note that, all cats and dogs must be sterilised before entry into Mauritius, with no exceptions for pregnant females.

Navigating Import Restrictions

The list of prohibited breeds includes American Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, and Staffordshire Terrier, among others.

Post-Arrival Quarantine and Health Certification

Upon arrival in Mauritius, your pet will undergo a minimum quarantine of 5 days. Additionally, your pet must be accompanied by a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, affirming compliance with the Mauritius pet relocation requirements. This certificate, obtained within 48 hours of departure, should also confirm treatment against ectoparasites. Additionally, once in Mauritius, make sure to register your dog with the Mauritius Society for Animal Welfare (MSAW) to fulfil local regulatory requirements.

For further assistance or inquiries, consider reaching out to relevant authorities or seeking guidance from professional pet relocation services specialising in Mauritius pet relocation requirements. Contact us to get in touch with our most preferred pet relocation specialists.


What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
  • We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
  • TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for moving to Mauritius.
  • We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
  • We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
  • We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
  • If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
  • We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
  • The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
  • We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.

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