Guidance & Personal supervision

how do I move my pets

Veterinary preparation

essential for pets relocating overseas

Pet travel crates

wooden travel boxes or plastic travel kennels

Pet protection plan

complementary cover for your pets while in transit

Traveller Welcome Pack

products that will ease the pet’s journey

Kennelling

care and love while you are away

Global Paws is one of the most reputable pet travel companies worldwide and we were the first IPATA member in South Africa.


Our Company owner/director, Dean Emin, serves on the board of IPATA as regional director for Africa and The Middle East providing unparalleled access to all international pet travel developments as they occur.


SERVICES

PET TRAVEL & ANIMAL RELOCATION

What we transport?

Primarily we transport DOGS, CATS & BIRDS but we can assist you with the transportation of almost every animal... We are affiliated with Horse and Exotic animal transporters who we have carefully vetted and can ensure the same love and attention from them as we pride ourselves on at Global Paws.We are also experienced in the transportation of famous animals for television advertising.

How we transport:

BY ROAD

Our Animal Handlers will collect and deliver your pets in spacious and reliable air conditioned vehicles. We have a fleet of branded Toyota Quantum’s. Please see pictures below.

BY AIR

Your dedicated consultant will choose the most pet friendly airline and the most convenient route when booking your pet's flight. Your pets will be booked as manifest cargo which means that they will travel in the livestock hold below the passenger cabin - this area is dimly lit, heated and pressurized. Our Animal Handler will walk and water your dogs before booking them into their flight. All pets have to be booked for their flights several hours before their departure time.

Tip:

Please do not feed your animals a large meal on the day of departure; a small snack or treat is more suitable. This is because they will be in their travel crate for an extended period and will need to toilet at some point. A large meal equals a large toilet and this can lead to a very messy dog and travel crate. Alternatively your pet may constipate and if they have been fed a large meal this could lead to some discomfort. So please feed them well the night before and give your dog a long walk before our collection.

Now we all know how intuitive cats can be and they are famous for doing a disappearing act the on the day of collection or even the evening before, so please keep your cats securely closed in a room from the evening before scheduled collection so there are no last minute surprises


Local pet transportation within South Africa.

We can fly your pets to all the major airports or even transport by road if there is no airport at your destination. Domestic airlines request that your pet has an up to date rabies vaccination.

In the case of kennelling we also require feline or canine vaccinations to be provided. We run a loan travel box system between our two branches: Johannesburg & Cape Town.

We offer 3 types of service:

  • 1. Door to door: we collect pets from your residence - we then transport them by air or road – we then deliver them to their new home.


  • 2. Door to airport: we collect pets from your residence - we then fly them to your required city airport- then you collect your pets upon their arrival at the airport.


  • 3. Airport to airport: you deliver pets to the airport or to our kennels - then we fly your pets to required airport - then you collect your pets upon their arrival at the airport.


  • General Required documentation for CATS & DOGS:
    • Valid rabies vaccination (older than 30 days and younger than 1 year) – some local airlines and all reputable kennels require it.
    • Other vaccination – general Feline and Canine vaccinations are recommended and required if pet is going to be kennelled.
    Click to read more about Kenneling.

    International pet relocation, from and to any worldwide destination.

    We will tackle every pet shipment regardless of its complexity or bizarre destination. If we cannot get your pet into a required location it is because there is a special embargo or restriction, not because we don’t know how.

    Please note that flights for animals can only be booked approximately 10 days in advance, but the veterinary preparations and the communication with your consultant should be started weeks or months before your pet’s intended date of travel.

    We offer 2 types of service:

  • 1. Door to airport: we collect pets from your residence - then we fly your pets to the required airport - then upon their arrival at the destination airport you collect your pets and clear them through customs; All quotations are for this option unless a door to door service is required.
  • 2. Door to door: we collect pets from your residence - then we fly your pets to the required airport - then upon their arrival at the destination airport our agent will collect your pets and clear them through customs and deliver to their final residence; To receive a door to door quote please contact us.
  • General Required documentation for CATS & DOGS:
    • Import permit – not every destination requires it, but if it is required you or Global Paws on your behalf will obtain it from the country of your destination.
    • Microchip – it is required and has to be implanted before the Rabies Vaccination!
    • Valid rabies vaccination (older than 30 days and younger than 1 year – South African Export requirement) – required for every destination.
    • Other vaccination – general Feline and Canine vaccinations are recommended, but if there are other vaccinations that are required your consultant will inform you about it.
    • TITRE Rabies antibody blood test – more and more countries require TITRE test to be done 90 days in advance, check with your consultant for the detailed procedures.
    • Other Blood testing –often not required, your consultant will advise accordingly.
    • Health certificate – always required, your consultant will supply you with the correct health certificate and all information required will already be filled in.
    • AWB - your pet’s flight ticket – we will supply you with it few days before your pet’s departure.
    • All original documentation has to travel with the pet.
    Click to read Guidance & Personal supervision.

    Importing pets into South Africa

    Your dedicated consultant will advise you on the requirements and documentation needed to enter South Africa. We will apply for your import permit and upon arrival in South Africa we will meet the incoming flight and liaise with the state vet and customs officers to clear your pets into South Africa.

    We offer 2 types of service:

  • 1. Import assistance only - from a South African airport to your residence: upon arrival we meet the incoming flight, clear customs, (if quarantine is required: we will arrange the stay at the quarantine facilities) and then we will deliver your pets to your residence; All quotations are for this option unless you have different requirements, where we will tailor your quote.
  • 2. Full Export & Import services - door to door: our agent will collect your pets from residence at your origin - then the pets will be flown into South Africa - upon arrival we meet the incoming flight, clear customs, (if quarantine is required: we will arrange the stay at the quarantine facilities) and then we will deliver your pets to your residence; To receive a door to door quote please contact us.
  • Required documentation for CATS:
    • Import permit to enter South Africa – we will obtain it on your behalf
    • Microchip
    • Valid rabies vaccination (older than 30 days and younger than 1 year)
    • South African Health certificate, blood testing is not required for Cats
    • Quarantine is not required for Cats
    Required documentation for DOGS:
    • Import permit to enter South Africa – we will obtain it on your behalf
    • Microchip
    • Valid rabies vaccination (older than 30 days and younger than 1 year)
    • 5 Blood testing required (as per health certificate) It needs to be done within 30 days of shipment
    • South African Health certificate, including blood test results
    • Quarantine is required for dogs only from specific countries. Please check with your consultant if your dog will need to go into quarantine upon arrival in South Africa
    Click to read more Import requirements for cats and dogs into South Africa.

    Transiting pets via South Africa

    Johannesburg Airport - O’R Tambo (JNB) is a great transiting hub for pets travelling from African countries to their final international and African destination. O’R Tambo airport in Johannesburg probably services more airlines than any other African country hence its popularity.

    Transits have to be well planned. We need to know your routing and travel paperwork status to be able to supply you with the most effective service and an accurate quotation.

    We can offer 3 types of assistance:

  • 1. Import & Onward flight: this option is recommended for all the cats and dogs from non-quarantine countries. Upon arrival of your pets in South Africa we meet the incoming flight, clear customs and deliver your pets to our kennels for a warm meal and a cosy overnight before their onward flight. If required we can also arrange for health certificate to enter your final destination. In the next day or two we would book your pets onto their connecting flight to your final destination.
  • Required documentation:
    • Import permit to enter South Africa
    • Import permit to enter your destination country (if required)
    • South African Health certificate, including blood testing for dogs
    • Country destination Health Certificate (it can be done at the origin or in South Africa)
    • Complying with both country requirements: South African and destination.

  • 2. Transit, without the ability to leave the airport in South Africa: this option is recommended for all dogs that require quarantine upon entry into South Africa or dogs from non-quarantine countries that do not have the required blood testing done for South Africa.

    Upon arrival of your pets in South Africa we meet the incoming flight, clear customs and arrange for the onward flight to their final destination. Your pets are not allowed to leave the airport, but our animal handler will water and feed your pets. If state vet allows it, we will also walk your dogs.
  • Required documentation:
    • Transit permit to transit via South Africa
    • Import permit to enter your destination country (if required)
    • Destination Country’s Health Certificate (has to be done at origin)
    • Complying with destination country’s import requirements
    • South African Health certificate, including blood testing for dogs (only if destination country is a SADC country)

  • 3. Securing the transfer: this option is only for pets transiting via South Africa on one AWB and on the same airline.

    Upon arrival of your pets into South Africa we meet the incoming flight, water and feed your pets and if possible take your dogs for a walk before the 2nd leg of their journey.

    In this scenario, you do not have to comply with any South African requirements but you have to adhere to the requirements of your destination country.
  • Click to read Requirements for cats and dogs transiting through South Africa.