There are various options available to expats wishing to ship their belongings to Cape Town. They may choose to use either air or sea freight. Costs vary depending on the distance travelled, the volume of goods and the form of transport used.
Air freight is quick but expensive, while shipping by sea is slower but also cheaper. Some expats divide their belongings up according to urgency, transporting essentials by air and less essential, bulkier items by sea.
Shipping pets to Cape Town
To bring pets into South Africa, a valid import permit and veterinary health certificate is required. Vaccinations against rabies and microchip implantations are mandatory for both dogs and cats.
Without the required documentation, pets will be quarantined and released only once the necessary paperwork has been submitted. Expats should also be aware that dogs from certain countries are subject to a standard quarantine as a matter of course.
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Expat Health Insurance
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