Import Papers for Importing Dog to Kuwait

Post by Mark

I just got back to the office after doing the import papers for my puppy Geo who is coming next month. I got to the ministry at 8:15AM and I was done with all my papers by 9, and this includes getting lost for 20 minutes trying to find the second place I had to go to. I have to say this was the quickest paperwork I have ever done.

Thanks to Nibaqs help, I was able to find the Public Authority for Agriculture and Fisheries Resources in Rabya on google maps. Once I got inside though it was super confusing. Too many signs and all in Arabic and all pointing to places I have no clue what they are about. I drove in a bit and then decided to stop at one of the dozens of shack like buildings spread out all over the place. I can’t believe how lucky I was because the shack I went into turned out to be the right one! There was a guy sitting at the reception desk, I went up to him and showed him my dogs health certificate and told him I wanted to import my dog. He went into his boss and came back out telling me I needed to go to the “seegil”. I had no clue what it was so the guy offered to come with me. We drove in my car a few buildings away and went into another shack, we told the guy at the desk there I wanted to import a dog, he took out a paper, filled it in and gave it to us. I then drove back to the first shack I went into, the boss signed the paper and told me I had to go to Rai behind Landmark and get the final import paper from there. And that was it!

I drove to Rai and got lost finding the place, finally I spoke to Nibaq on the phone and he told me where the place was but told me I would have problem finding parking. I got to the place and guess what, the parking was empty, I parked right in front of the main gate and went in. It took 10 minutes worth of paper work at this second place, some kind of government animal health center and I was done. The whole thing also cost me just one stamp worth KD2!

Such a weird experience, it felt tooo easy…

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18 comments, add your own...

  1. MiYaFuSHi says:

    Don’t count your chickens…..

  2. Mark says:

    Yeah I know. I will be cautious until I get my dog out of the airport.

  3. Kthekuwaiti says:

    Easy experience?

    You went to three different locations to get a 2kd stamp and a signature; It’s plain retarded to me.

    Easy = go to website, fill form, push enter.

    I know it is considered easy compared to other crap in Kuwait but its still a messed up system.

  4. moe says:

    well, i see it easy too..

  5. Mark says:

    lol yeah I mean its easy compared to the usual crap I usually have to go through to get something official done here

  6. Kleio says:

    I’ve had experience bringing pets into the country (for myself and most recently helping someone else bring 3 cats in). Getting the import certificate was easy (compared to usual stuff in Kuwait) – sure. But, when it came to getting her three cats OUT of the airport, it took three of us around 4 or 5 hours! The cats flew over in the cargo section of the plane so we had to go to the cargo area of the airport (which is practically all outdoors). The most incompetent people in the world work there, and we had to get about 200 signatures from about 20 different locations around the airport. I’m not saying that is necessarily what will happen in your case, but just to be safe set aside five hours of your day to expect to spend at the airport. And, try to be really nice to the guys at the entrance to the cargo area and maybe they’ll let you take your car through to make things quicker. At least the weather’s good now…it was August when I went! Anyway, good luck!

  7. Mark says:

    kleio i also heard that its gonna take me 2 to 3 hours to get it out of the airport. did you need to take any other papers with you or just the import paper? like i dont need to take a vaccination paper etc.. with me right?

    when i moved to kuwait i shipped my stuff and had to go pick them up from the cargo area. it was also august and it was really hot and it took forever for me to clear the stuff, so i know what u mean. but luckily its winter so it shouldnt be too hard on the dog.

  8. Kleio says:

    To be honest I can’t totally remember because it was a couple of years ago. The owner was coming into Kuwait on the same flight as the cats, and the reason I was involved was because by law she was only allowed to import two animals in her name so we put the third in my name (she was a new colleague). So I wasn’t really involved with the preliminary paperwork – but I had to be there to “claim” the third cat in cargo. From what I can remember all we had was the import papers, but if you have the vaccination papers take them along just in case, or ask at the place you got the import permit from.

    Yeah it’s good that it’s winter and the dog won’t suffer in the heat while he waits to get out. They don’t keep the animals indoors while they wait (they’re in an open warehouse) and the three cats, who were quite old, were visibly suffering in the extreme heat.

  9. moe says:

    ouch.. that’s bad! they have souls.. need better treatement even if they were animals.. people melt in summer in kuwait then what about animals..

  10. Moe says:

    I am amazed with the pain people go through for all these materialistic needs.Way to go.

  11. Hatsumi says:

    im going to be going over to kuwait with my dog. do i need to get the import papers before hand or can i get them when i arrive with the dog? ive been trying to find information on this and dont know where to start. i would appreciate any help. thank you. hatsumi

  12. Mark says:

    I beleive if you bring the dong with u on the same flight with the baggage u dont need any papers. Its only when you import the dog with cargo alone that u do.

  13. Hatsumi says:

    okay thank you very much. I’m still looking into the details of it! thanks for your time.

  14. Jhuniya Rizza VIernes says:

    We were planning to have my dog be shipped from the philippines ALONE. Shall I trust the agencies or the sites that movoes pets to different countries? Or if ever, what are the processes needed? :( Thank you

  15. landeni says:

    Hi Mark,

    Honestly, your website is a complete encyclopedia that anyone could get answers if he or she got lost. This’s a HUGE plus.

    Anyway, I’m going to have the same exact experience when I plan to travel with my cat from the USA to Kuwait. I think I am aware of most of the workpapers, but one question concerns me:

    How can I get the import permit paper while I’m in the USA? Do I need to be presented?


  16. Moe says:

    Good to hear but what if I don’t have the time to do that go the ministry of agricultural …. do you know anyone who would do such a service for a reasonable fee?? I heard Petzone use to do it but I went there a couple of days ago and they said they don’t do it anymore so if you know please let me know.

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