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Traveling to Turkey with your pet


Foreigners are allowed to travel to Turkey with their pet provided they follow some particular proceedings. Find all related information in this article.

Procedures related to pet importation in Turkey are not very complicated. So you may be accompanied by your pet if you intend to travel there, whether for a short or long stay. But you are advised to inquire on these conditions before moving with the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in your home country, or with your carrier. You also have to be careful about your pet's travel conditions.


First of all, your pet has to pay a visit to the veterinary in your home country before traveling not more than 96 hours before the scheduled time of departure. You will then obtain a pet health certificate stating that the latter is fit to travel and that it does not suffer from any contagious disease. This document has to be produced on your arrival in Turkey, whether at the port, airport or at border control posts.

Cats and dogs

If you are importing a cat or a dog in Turkey, you are required to update the latter's vaccination certificate. In fact, your pet has to be vaccinated against hepatitis, leptospirosis, canine parvovirus, distemper and rabies. It also has to undergo a rabies vaccination test at least one month before the scheduled date of departure in order to determine its efficiency.

As regards cats, these have to be more than four months old to be authorized to travel to Turkey. Moreover, cats have to be vaccinated against viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, panleukopenia and rabies and undergo a rabies vaccination test.

Required documents

You are required to make sure that your pet can be identified although a passport or other identification document is not compulsory. Some documents, such as your passport, the pet's vaccination certificate and health card will have to be produced on your arrival in the country. Otherwise, your pet will be quarantined.

In case your pet is traveling to Turkey alone, you will have to apply for an import permit with the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture. Fees apply.


Dangerous dogs such as pit-bulls and tosas are not authorized to enter Turkey. You are advised to inquire on accepted animals with related authorities beforehand.

If you have more queries regarding pet import in Turkey, feel free to ask your questions on the Turkey forum

 Useful links:

Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
Ministry for EU Affairs – Animal transportation

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