Iceland Pet Passport & Import Regulations
Iceland will quarantine cats and dogs for a period of 4 weeks when entering the country even though they meet the following requirements. Pets are admitted during a set three-day period each month, so pet owners must adjust their travel plans accordingly.
EU Pet Passports are not accepted in Iceland.
All requirements also apply to service and emotional support animals.
Your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 compliant pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, you can either bring your own microchip scanner.
After microchipping, your pet must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entering Iceland.
Dogs and cats who have remained in one of these rabies-free countries for 6 months prior to importation to Iceland do not have to be vaccinated against rabies: Australia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, New-Zealand, Norway (Svalbard not included), New Zealand or Sweden.
Dogs must have been vaccinated against Leptospirosis no less than 30 days and more than 6 months prior to entry. They must also be vaccinated against Canine Distemper, Contagious hepatitis and Parvovirus no less than 30 days and no more than 1 year prior to import to Iceland.
Dogs must also be tested for Brucella canis and Salmonella spp within 30 days of travel.
Cats must be vaccinated for Feline panleukopenia, Feline rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus no sooner than 30 days and no more than 1 year before import to Iceland.
Rabies Titer Test
If your dog or cat is entering Iceland from a country other than Australia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, New-Zealand, Norway (Svalbard not included) or Sweden, it will need a rabies titer test more than 30 days after the rabies vaccination. Blood samples must be processed by an EU-approved laboratory.
Between 5-10 days of travel, the Iceland Veterinary Certificate of Health and Origin is completed. We recommend that a USDA or CFIA licensed veterinarian complete the form and you have it endorsed by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada.
A special Import Permit by the Food and Veterinary Authority is required to enter Iceland with a pet. This permit is valid for a period of one year.
Ticks and Tapeworm Treatment
A ticks and tapeworm treatment administered within 10 days of travel is required for both dogs and cats prior to entering Iceland.
Entering Iceland by Air
A scanned copy of the health certificate and rabies titer test results must be sent to the Food and Veterinary Authority at least 5 days before import.
Pets must enter Iceland via KeflavÍk International Airport during business hours on days scheduled for quarantine admission. Advance notice must be given for dogs and cats arriving outside of normal business hours. Pets can arrive in the cabin, as checked baggage or as air cargo.
The District Veterinarian inspects all pets at the airport of entry upon arrival to Iceland and ascertains that they do not have any symptoms of infectious diseases, that import permits, all required certificates and a positive comment from the Chief Veterinary Officer of Iceland are on hand.
Your dog or cat must be transported from the country of origin to Iceland without coming in contact with other animals. If your dog or cat comes from a country without rabies, transport through a country with rabies is not permitted unless your dog or cat remains in the secure, international zone of the airport.
Whenever your pet travels to a foreign country like Iceland, it is always advisable to carry some form of identification indicating ownership of your pet.
Puppies and Kittens
If entering Iceland from countries which Iceland considers to be rabies-free (see step #2), puppies and kittens can enter at the age of 5 months. If entering from any other country, the minimum age is 7 months and your puppy or kitten must have been vaccinated for rabies and had a rabies titer test according to steps #2 and #3.
Some dangerous dog breeds and their crosses are prohibited from entering Iceland. They include: American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, TosaInu, Dogo Argentino (Argentine Mastiff) and Fila Brasileiro (Brazillian Mastiff). Wolf mixes are not permitted.
A temperment evaluation may be required for large dog breeds or those breeds that display aggressive tendencies.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Iceland. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination
If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. .
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To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given on PetTravel.com reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
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