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Bringing Pets
 
 
 

Cats and dogs may enter the Côte d'Ivoire without an import permit if they are travelling with their owners on the same flight. If the pet is travelling unaccompanied an import permit is required.

No quarantine or restriction on the importation of pets exists, but a veterinarian's certificate of rabies vaccination dated within one year of arrival and certificate of good health issued within 48 hours of their arrival in Abidjan should accompany the pet. Pets must be properly vaccinated and be free of contagious disease including rabies.

Do not schedule the arrival of unaccompanied pets on weekends, holidays, or after 7 pm, as the customs and transit agencies close at 8 pm. Pets arriving after normal working hours remain in the customs cargo shed until the next workday (the arrival of unaccompanied pets could be scheduled provided the shipping office could be notified 3-5 days before).

Pets under 6 months old should be accompanied, rather than send them as unaccompanied air cargo. A $20-$30 airway bill charge plus a $120-$130 transit company charge is levied on all pets entering Côte d'Ivoire as unaccompanied air cargo. To avoid a hefty accompanied baggage charge levied on a per kilo basis for the pet at the Paris Airport, employees should not break their journey in Paris but should travel straight (via Paris) to Abidjan.

Côte d'Ivoire requires the payment of a 44.28% customs fee, and a 18% value added tax (VAT) on all pets under six months old. Taxes are determined by the Côte d'Ivoire Government, based on the value of the pet, or on the bill of sale for the animal. The customs fee may be waived for diplomatic personnel, but the VAT must be paid by both diplomatic and non-diplomatic personnel.

 

 
 

 



 


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