Import animals for specific purposes

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About applying for a permit for temporary import or export of an animal for specific purposes

If you want to import/export animals temporarily into or  out of South Africa for specific purposes such as shows, exhibitions, competitions and stud mating/veterinary services, you must apply for and be granted an animal improvement permit from the Registrar of Animal Improvement.

You must also apply for a veterinary import permit from the Directorate of Animal Health and a veterinary health certificate from the exporting country.

You must apply 30 days before you import/export. 

What you should do

  1. Complete the application form: Application to import/export animals for certain purposes (shows).
  2. If temporarily importing an animal for stud mating/veterinary services purposes, you must have a certificate from a recognised registrar in the country from which you intend to import the animal. The certificate must indicate the DNA, blood type of the animal and the animal profile.
  3. You should provide a recommendation from the relevant South African Breeders’ Society specifically for landrace breeds.
  4. Pay the prescribed fee to the Director-General: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries by Electronic Fund Transfer Account, cheque or postal order made out to the Director General: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Standard Bank, Arcadia branch, account no: 011219556, branch code: 000845/ 010845. Ensure you obtain a receipt of payment. Reference must be your name and surname.
  5. You are responsible for bank charges as well as the Foreign Bank charges. The Department will not issue a permit if the full fee is not received.
  6. Payments can also be made at the offices of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries listed under contact details.
  7. In cases where you are applying on behalf of someone else, please make sure that you pay in the name of that person or company’s name.
  8. No application will be processed without proof of payment.
  9. Send the form and proof of payment  to The Registrar of Animal Improvement, Private Bag X138, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa or fax it to 012 319 7570/7425.
  10. Following receipt of the completed application form and proof of payment, an animal improvement permit will be issued and given to the Director: Animal Health for a veterinary import permit to be issued.
  11. After applying for an animal improvement import permit, you must apply for a veterinary import permit  from the Director: Animal health. For enquiries regarding a veterinary import permit please phone 012 319 7514.
  12. Animal Improvement will process your application form and issue you with a certificate and give it to the Directorate: Animal Health for your veterinary import permit to be issued.
  13. You must apply for a veterinary certificate from the Director: Animal Health.
  14. You have to present both the original permits to the veterinary officials at the port of entry together with a veterinary health certificate from the exporting country.

Note: Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant and no responsibility for any inconvenience will be accepted.

How long does it take

It will take 30 days to process your application.


Directorate Animal Production
Tel: 012 319 7424 / 012 319 7576 / 012 319 7590 / 012 319 7429 / 012 319 7434 / 012 319 7486
Fax: 012 319 7570/7425
Physical Address: Delpen Building, Cnr Annie Botha Avenue and Union Street, Riviera, Pretoria
Postal Address: The Registrar of Animal improvement Private Bag X138, Pretoria, 0001