Pets, and cats in particular, are fondly loved by most Turkish people, who prove incredibly caring to street animals. In large cities, you will find veterinary clinics and pet food or toys retailers at every corner. Accordingly, taking care or your furry or feathery friends will not be much of a challenge once you are settled.
However, bringing your pet to Turkey from abroad to will require you to follow specific procedures.
General entry requirements
Whether you are entering Turkey for a short or a long stay, you are allowed to bring a total of 2 pets (cats, dogs, or birds) or 10 aquarium fish with you.
All pets are required to carry an identification device — a microchip for cats and dogs, a ring for birds.
On arrival, you will be asked to present the Turkish border control services with a certificate of health (one per pet) guaranteeing that your animal is fit to travel and that it does not suffer from any contagious diseases. The certificate should have been established by an official, government-certified veterinary in your home country, 2 days prior to the scheduled time of departure at the latest.
Turkish border services will also have your pet examined by a local official veterinarian to double-check its good health.
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If your pet does not fall within the aforementioned species, do not hesitate to reach out to the Turkish Embassy or Consulate of your home country for further information before moving.
Do not forget to check you chosen transportation carrier’s policy on pets. Here are for instance the applicable rules with Turkish Airlines.
Cats and dogs
Additionally, cats and dogs should have an updated vet passport or an identification card, including, for animals aged over 3 months, the dates of the latest vaccinations against rabies. Note that both cats and dogs have to undergo a test assessing the efficiency of anti-rabies vaccination at least one month before the scheduled date of departure.
A few dog breeds (Pitbull terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) are considered dangerous by the Turkish authorities and are prohibited from entering the country.
It is really important that you comply with all the legal requirements listed above. Otherwise, your pet will be quarantined. The whole process may sound like a bit of a hassle… But it is just a minor inconvenience when you remember that Turkey is a paradise for pets!
Pets travelling alone
In case you wish to bring more than two pets or can not travel with your pet, you will have to apply for an import license with the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture before shipping your pet.
A more pricey alternative (that may ultimately be more comfortable for your pet) is to contract your pet’s journey to a specialised company that will attend to the whole process on your behalf.
Pet transportation Turkey www.evcilhayvantasima.net
International Pet and Animal Transportation Association www.ipata.org
Animal Airlines www.animalairlines.co.uk
Animal Couriers www.animalcouriers.com