Importing Pet Animals into Turkey
Understand the import documentation required when moving pets to Turkey and the vaccinations required...
One person may take a maximum of two animals (cats or dogs) per entry into Turkey free of charge. Any more pet animals than that are considered as commercial movement and import procedures apply. A Control Document (SPS) issued by General Directorate of Protection and Control (GDPC) is required.
Healthy pets with proper documents are not quarantined in Turkey.
Preparations for travel to Turkey
Before departure, an animal and its import documentation and health certification must be prepared by an accredited veterinarian. If more than one animal is to travel, each requires its own health certificate. An animal must be clinically examined no more than 96 hours before travel and declared to be healthy and with no signs of contagious or infectious disease.
Turkey does not yet require pet animals to have identification to travel to or in the country, however ruling this is under review. It is recommended that any animal travelling across borders be identified by standard ISO-compatible microchip; some pet carriers will not transport an animal without this.
The following documents are required and all papers must be stamped by the Agriculture Department of the country of departure. Accompanying animals should have:
- International veterinary health certificate (also called an export certificate) issued by the vet before departure
- Vaccination certificates
- Identification card
Dogs must be vaccinated against:
- Canine Parvovirus
- Canine Distemper
- Rabies, administered at least one month prior to travel
Note: Dog breeds classed as "dangerous" may not be imported to Turkey. This includes the Pitbull Terrier and Japanese Tosa.
Cats should be over four months old and vaccinated against:
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia (FVRCP)
- Rabies, at least one month prior to travel
An animal's vaccinations must have been administered no more than six months and no less than 15 days before travel.
It is recommended that the pet animal travels on the same transport as the owner. If the animal is to travel unaccompanied, it is essential that it has an import permit; without this it will be refused entry. An import permit can be obtained from the Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs:
- Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Akay Cad No 3: Bakanliker
- Tel: (009) 0312 4174 176
Documents travelling with the unaccompanied pet must be legalised by the relevant foreign office authority in the country of departure after being completed by the vet, but before departure.
On arrival in Turkey
The health certificate issued by the vet of the exporting country must be produced on arrival at a border, seaport or airport. An inspection is carried out by the official veterinary doctors for identification, documentation and health. Entry permission is given to healthy animals with the correct documentation. The following documents are required at customs clearance:
- Copy of the pet owner’s passport
- Original rabies vaccine certificate provided by the vet or as entered into an up-to-date European Pet Passport
- Original health certificate provided by the vet
Live animals are imported through a MARA-designated customs gate. This is one that is jointly administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Undersecretariat of Customs. There are 29 such customs gates in Turkey, most being at sea and airports.
- For details on the non-commercial movement of pet animals: Click here (PDF)
- Information on control system for animal importation: Click here (PDF)