Pet Passport Malta
Regulations for taking a pet dog, cat or ferret to Malta from a
rabies free country OR A
country with a low incidence of rabies*:New
pet import regulations for the EU in effect on December 29, 2014.
Malta does not quarantine healthy pets (cats, dogs and ferrets) from the above countries having resided there for the preceeding six (6) months that meet the following requirements in this order:
- Your pet will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit
implanted by your veterinarian.
If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can
bring your own
- YIf your pet is entering Malta from a rabies-free or
country, it will need a rabies vaccination no sooner than 21
days** prior to entry and not more than the expiration date of the
manufacturer of the vaccine. If your
dog, cat or ferret was not vaccinated after it was fitted with a
microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip
- If your pet is entering Malta from a
your pet must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies (in that
order). After waiting 30 days, a Blood Titer Test must be
administered (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip
prior to the titer test.)Samples must be processed at approved
laboratories. Assuming test results within acceptable limits, your
pet can enter Malta 90 days after the date the blood was drawn and
avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Malta from
a high rabies country.
- If you or your representative are traveling with your pet, an
accredited veterinarian must then complete a bi-lingual
Annex IV for Malta
within 10 days of entry
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are entering Malta from another EU country, then
have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your pet.
- If you or a legal representative are not traveling within 5 days
of your pet, an accredited veterinarian must then complete a
Annex I for Malta
within 48 hours of entry
for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United
States or Canada. If you are entering Malta from another EU country,
then have your veterinarian update an EU Blue Pet Passport for your
pet. See additional commercial transport rules below.
- A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days
of entering Malta unless your pet is entering from Finland, Ireland,
United Kingdom or Norway.
- A Prenotification Form from the Ministry of Sustainable Development is also required.
This completes a passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Malta.
**Once your pet has entered Malta, a 21 day waiting period is not required for subsequent visits, provided rabies boosters are kept up to date,
and the other
entry requirements listed above are met.
Puppies and Kittens: Unvaccinated puppies and kittens under 12 weks of age are not permitted to enter Malta. Rabies vaccinations must not be administered prior to 12 weeks of age.
Banned Breeds: the following dog breeds are not permitted to enter Malta: American Pitt Bull Terrier, Tosa Inu, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.
Effective December 29, 2014: If your pet is entering Malta by air from outside of the EU and you are unable to travel on the same flight as your pet, you will need to sign a declaration confirming that you do not intend to sell or transfer ownership of your pet. You must show evidence of your travel within 5 days of your pet´s movement.
Effective December 29, 2014: If you are not traveling within 5 days before or after your pet or if you are intending to sell, re-home or change ownership of your dog, cat or ferret, then your pet's transport will be considered a commercial transport, and it will need to meet the following requirements:
- Your pet must originate from another EU or rabies-controlled country.
- All requirements listed above must be met. (Annex I form instead of Annex IV form)
- Your pet must be accompanied by an Intra Trade Certificate.
- If your pet is entering Malta from another rabies-controlled country, it must enter through a Border Inspection Post approved to clear live animals, and notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival.
- If your pet is entering Malta from another EU country, 24 hours notice must be given to the local Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency office serving the destination
Traveling with more than 8 pets:
December 29, 2014, if you are traveling with more than 5 pets over 6 months of age, unless
you are traveling to a show or competition, your pets must meet the
requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), travel
from a registered premesis, use a licensed transporter, register the
transport on the TRACES system, and also enter Malta through a Border Inspection Post
(if you are traveling from outside of the EU).
When arriving in the United Kingdom by air, all pets, with the exception of service animals, must do so by manifest cargo on approved airlines. Approved Border Posts for arrival by air are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Edinburgh.
If your dog or cat is entering Malta from the Malaysian Peninsula, it may not enter the country unless it is accompanied with a certificate issued by the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services which confirms the following:
- Your pet has had no contact with pigs within 60 days of export.
- Your pet has not been residing in an area where any case of Nipah disease has been confirmed in the 60 days previous to export.
- Your pet has a negative result on a blood test taken within 10 days of export and analyzed by a laboratory approved for testing Nipah viruses
Exporting Pets from Malta: effective December 29, 2014, all dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Malta must be microchipped, vaccinated for rabies (in that order) and wait 21 days before leaving the country. If you are planning to take your pet on a trip to a country with a high incidence of rabies and returning to Malta, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test before you leave the country.
Failure to comply with these regulations will mean that your pet will be refused entry or returned to the country of origin or placed in quarantine, all at the expense of the person responsible for your pet.
Inspection: All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease
communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to
Malta. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a
licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Other Animals: 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 Malta. 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 (CITIES). You will need to apply for additional permits
if this is the case. Search their database.
Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES regulations. Read more about CITIES.
Veterinary Certificate: All countries have unique veterinary certificates. This form may differ from the veterinary certificate issued by veterinarians in the United States. (APHIS 7001) It is an essential part of the cat or dog passport.
The information published here is a guideline for pet owners importing their pet to Malta. Further detail on import permits (if applicable), costs, tests and procedures are available at minimal cost at PetTravelStore.com if you need them. We also stock all the equipment and accessories you will need for traveling with your pet. Same day shipping until 4:00 PM EST.GOT QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS??? You can post them directly to our Facebook page, blog, forum or just enter them below. We will respond as soon as we can.