Regulations changed February 19, 2015
Version date: February 19, 2015
ON FEBRUARY 19th, 2015, regulations changed for shipping pets to the UAE. The UAE "Ministry of Environment & Water" revised its list for exempt from RNATT testing countries.
Canada is now listed as a country that must have the RNATT test performed on pets prior to shipping to the UAE. That means that your pet must have a 15 digit ISO readable microchip implanted first, then a rabies inoculation (good for one year). It must be in this order so the rabies certificate has your pets microchip number on it. Then a minimum 21 days must elapse before you return to the vet with your pet to have blood drawn for testing; it is better to allow a full 30 days after rabies inoculation, before drawing blood, in order for the inoculation to read properly in this expensive blood test.
The blood is sent to a lab in Kansas for testing, and the results take between a month and six weeks to come back. If the results are not acceptable, the pet will need to be inoculated again, and another 30 days pass before the blood is drawn, and sent back to Kansas to wait for yet another month. Adequate RNATT test results are valid for one year only.