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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:

  1. Your pet will need an ISO 11784/11785 compliant 15 digit pet microchip implanted by your veterinarian. If your pet has a microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
     
  2. YIf your pet is entering Malta from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled 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 is implanted.
     
  3. If your pet is entering Malta from a high-rabies country, 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.
     
  4. Within 10 days of travel, an accredited veterinarian must then complete the bi-lingual Annex II for Malta 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.
       
  5. A copy of the Rabies Certificate and Blood Titer Test results should also be included for endorsement (if applicable).
     
  6. A Tapeworm Test is required for dogs between one and five days of entering Malta unless your pet is entering from Finland, Ireland, Malta or Norway.
     
  7. Unaccompanied pets traveling as manifest cargo will need a health certificate issued within 10 days of travel.  

This completes a passport for your dog, cat or ferret to enter Malta.

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**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 3 months 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:

Traveling with more than 8 pets: effective 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 II 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, London Manchester (pets accompanied by owners only), Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dublin.

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:

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.

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philip.womack1
still d oesent tell u how much.
Posted on 2013-04-29 12:27:43.0
nicole.minton
my cats may need a passport!
Posted on 2013-06-20 11:42:13.0
tracy.odwyer.7
Its really simple once they have the passport, but you will have to wait for the Rabies check and I think its usually about 6 months (well, it is for dogs) x
Posted on 2013-06-20 11:47:05.0
claire.asquith.12
I have been transfered with my company to malta and would really like to my cocker spaniel is it to late to do the rabies jabs etc?? I leave 30th july. Not had much notice at all. :-(
Posted on 2013-06-20 12:44:41.0

Your pet will need a 15 digit microchip and a current vaccination administered after the microchip was inserted. If your pet was not vaccinated prior to the microchip insertion, the vaccination must be done 21 days prior to entry. If your pet was currently vaccinated when the microchip was inserted, it will need a booster after the microchip is inserted, but the 21 day policy does not apply.
Posted on 2013-07-17 03:49:24.0
Alexie62
My poodle dog is microchipped years ago so if I do the Rabies 21 days prior and whatever else is explained above, is quarantine avoided? We are living in the UAE which I know does not have a high Rabies incident rate and my dog has been here for 7+ years. Thanks
Posted on 2013-07-26 15:37:43.0
lawrence.pisani
If a dog does not have chip and the vaccination wasn't given 21 days before his arrival what happen then?
Posted on 2013-09-06 05:30:24.0
john.aidney
I have someone in malta interested in buying two pointer pups off me is there an age they have to be before travelling
Posted on 2013-11-02 15:13:20.0
ian.garlandfalcons
Call Jean Pierre on 07879 992548
Posted on 2013-11-02 20:10:04.0
PetTravel
The puppies can enter Malta 21 days after they complete their rabies vaccination.
Posted on 2013-11-10 18:37:18.0
PetTravel
If a dog has a current rabies vaccination that has not expired, your veterinarian can insert the microchip, then revaccinate your pet. You do not have to wait 21 days prior to entry.
Posted on 2013-11-10 18:38:21.0
PetTravel
You wil need to insert a microchip, then vaccinate. If the Annex II form and a tapeworm test is done, your pet will not require quarantine.
Posted on 2013-11-10 18:39:46.0
luigi.cacciatore
PetTravel ... and a Titer test document declaring the level of Rabies is attached to the passport. Now Assuming you CANNOT vaccinate with Rabies a Puppy below the age of 3months + 21days before you can get the blood Sample and send to Lab + 1 Week for the Lab to answer to your VET this means a Puppy CANNOT travel before is somewhere around 4months old. (Is that correct ??)
Posted on 2013-11-28 08:56:42.0
PetTravel
Luigi Cacciatore That is correct, however, the time between the rabies vaccination and titer test is no less than 30 days. Not all countries will require the titer test. If traveling from a country with a low incidence of rabies or rabies free country, the test is not required anymore. If you need to see the lists, you can find them here: http://www.pettravel.com/passports_quarantine_rabies_rules.cfm
Posted on 2013-11-29 18:53:59.0
gaby.chagoyan
Hi, is Mexico a high rabies country? Or low as i read that requirements depend on this. Thanks
Posted on 2014-05-05 20:48:55.0
PetTravel
Hi Gaby - Mexico is a rabies controlled country, low incidence of rabies or Third Country by the UK. (different names for the same thing.)
Posted on 2014-05-07 03:48:50.0
coral.groblerbrowne
Is South Africa considered a risk?
Posted on 2014-07-19 16:29:02.0
PetTravel
Coral - yes, South Africa is considered a high-rabies country by the EU.
Posted on 2014-07-22 04:25:40.0
coral.groblerbrowne
Okay so what would be required? Rabies injection and certificate? Then when their blood tests are clear they don't have to be in quarantine?
Posted on 2014-07-22 07:25:44.0
lisamanso
My puppy is 2 months old and just had his 1st vaccination, he will get his 2nd one Mid August and then the third just before we enter Malta (September), we are travelling from Italy and the anti-rabbies vaccination can only be administered after 6 months old, does that mean that I cannot bring my puppy with?
Posted on 2014-07-31 20:05:12.0
PetTravel
Lisa - the UK requires that puppies be microchipped and fully vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to entering the country.
Posted on 2014-08-02 02:52:45.0
PetTravel
First microchip, then vaccinate for rabies (in that order but same vet visit is fine), then wait 30 days (not including the day of the vet visit), then your vet does a Blood Titer Test. Assuming acceptable results, your pet can enter Malta 90 days after the date the blood was drawn for the titer test. You will need an Annex II form completed within 10 days of entry as well. Details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/malta.cfm. If this is all done, then no quarantine will be required.
Posted on 2014-08-02 02:56:05.0
coral.groblerbrowne
PetTravel Thank you very much for your feedback. I have made a note of all the timelines.
Posted on 2014-08-02 07:42:42.0
jean.psaila.503
Hi, I intend to travel overland from the UK to Malta......I know that a pet passport and michrochip rabies injection ect is required and I shall arrange for them to be done. What will be required to board a ferry to France and then another to Malta? I wish to stay in Malta for 3 months and then return by plane. Will Air Malta allow my dog to stay with me in the aircraft as she is a Llasa Apso and weighs about 5kilos.
Posted on 2014-09-04 15:10:04.0
PetTravel
Hi Jean - you will need an EU pet passport completed by your vet with details on microchip and vaccination. You can use it to enter France as well as Malta. Air Malta does not fly pets in the cabin to and from the UK. Your pet should have a tapeworm treatment between one and five days of returning to the UK.
Posted on 2014-09-11 02:17:11.0
jean.psaila.503
Thank you very much for your reply but Im not quite sure as to what you mean regarding the tapeworm treatment......do you mean that I would have to go to a vet in Malta for his treatment before I left Malta to return to the UK?
Posted on 2014-09-11 10:22:23.0
PetTravel
Jean Psaila Jean - you will need a tapeworm treatment for entering Malta as you are doing so through France. If you are flying back to Malta and not entering any other country, then a tapeworm treatment is not required prior to re-enter the UK. Sorry for the confusion.
Posted on 2014-09-13 20:56:31.0
francesca.hall.94
do i need an eu pet passport if im traveling from Canada and or USA? I travel a lot for work, now i'm starting to bring my spitz with me! yay!
Posted on 2014-09-20 14:39:50.0
PetTravel
Hi Francesca - as a Canadian citizen, you cannot get an EU pet passport as they are issued only to residents of the EU. You will need an Annex II form for Malta as well as proof of microchipping followed by rabies vaccination. You will also need a tapeworm treatment. More details here and links to instructions and forms required here if you need them: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/malta.cfm
Posted on 2014-09-21 22:06:12.0
joseph.farrugia.7965
Why my cat has to wait 90 days after the test of rabies . is int to long . please explain because i really cannot understand .
Posted on 2014-09-22 16:36:03.0
PetTravel
Joseph - the 90 day test is only required when you are entering Malta from a high-rabies risk country. What country is your cat entering from?
Posted on 2014-09-25 02:48:47.0
joseph.farrugia.7965
Libya
Posted on 2014-09-25 17:11:49.0
PetTravel
Joseph G. Farrugia Joseph - yes, Libya is a high-risk country and the 90 day wait will apply. The reason for the 90 day wait is, if an animal contracts the rabies virus, it takes approximately 90 days for symptoms to show up. So, countries want to be sure that pets who may have contracted rabies prior to vaccination do not enter the country with the virus. It is a very serious disease as, once the symptoms show up, the disease is usually fatal.
Posted on 2014-09-26 04:15:25.0
joseph.farrugia.7965
thanks
Posted on 2014-09-26 18:54:22.0
leannalan.bartolo
hi i need to bring a puppy from uk to malta, what do i have to do? and also what are the fees? thanks
Posted on 2014-09-30 11:35:19.0
PetTravel
Your puppy needs to be microchipped and vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days prior to entering Malta. Puppies and kittens are generally vaccinated for rabies at 3 months. Your pup will also need an EU pet passport and a Pre-Notifiy of Arrival or Transit of Live Animals form. Email sue@pettravel.com if you need it.
Posted on 2014-10-02 03:17:51.0
jelena.rajak
hello , i need to bring 3 year old dog to Malta from Serbia, what do i have to do ? and what are the fees?
Posted on 2014-10-22 09:30:54.0
PetTravel
Jelena - if you are accompanying your dog to Malta from Serbia, you will need to follow this process: microchip your pet, then vaccinate for rabies (in that order, but same vet visit is fine). Wait 30 days and have your vet administer a titer test. Wait 90 days and you can enter Malta assuming acceptable results from the titer test. Have your vet complete the Annex II form for Malta within 10 days of travel. A tapeworm test between one and five days of travel is also required. You will need to fly into London on an approved airline. Your pet must travel as manifest cargo. Find details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/Malta.cfm.
Posted on 2014-10-25 04:15:53.0
roles.nat
Hi I wish to bring a 16 week old puppy from Portugal to Malta- with vaccinations , chip and rabies....is there quarantine ?
Posted on 2014-10-29 21:47:12.0
PetTravel
Natalie - as long as your pup was vaccinated no sooner than 3 months and after the chip was implanted, you will be fine to travel with your pup with an updated EU pet passport. Have your vet give your pet a tapeworm treatment between one and five days of entry to Malta.
Posted on 2014-11-01 13:45:03.0
Misplaced.Hoosier
Am I reading the new regulation (after Dec. 29, 2014) correctly? "Due to regulations of commercial airlines approved to fly animals to the UK, and as Malta has adopted UK reguations for pet import, pets must arrive as manifest cargo unless they are medically certified service animals or documented emotional support animals and the airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals in the cabin." Is this an end to flying into Malta from an EU country with our pet in the cabin?
Posted on 2014-11-06 12:05:40.0
PetTravel
Tom - if you are flying with your pet, the new regulations will not affect you with the exception of the export policies. The policy on flying pets in the cabin is that of the airline. We apologize for the confusion.
Posted on 2014-11-08 03:49:55.0
lucienne.attard.1
Hello, I am traveling with my cat from Belgium to Malta in cabin. Do I need to do her tapeworm treatment? How long before flying? And do I need a vet certificate? And again, how long before flying? thanks
Posted on 2014-11-12 13:54:41.0
PetTravel
Tapeworm treatment is not required for cats, just for dogs. You will need a veterinary health certificate to enter, you can use the EU Pet Passport if your vet can provide it.
Posted on 2014-11-13 19:23:03.0
aka.Cat
Hi, What is the procedure if I am relocating to Malta with my 2 cats from Thailand? Thank you
Posted on 2014-11-21 07:19:13.0

Hi….Ive had my 15 year old cat microchipped and rabies injection ON THE SAME DAY..is this OK? I still dont understand if he needs a rabies blood test or not as well, its not very clear on the formal government page? Thanks
Posted on 2014-11-21 17:37:07.0
PetTravel
Catherine - Malta has adopted EU regulations for the import and export of pets and the EU considers Thailand is a high-rabies country. You will need to have your cats microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies, then wait 30 days, then get a Blood Titer Test, then wait 3 calendar months before entering Malta. You will need an Annex II form completed by your vet within 10 days of entering. Details here: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/malta.cfm
Posted on 2014-11-22 04:24:01.0
PetTravel
Marion - it is ok to have the microchip implanted and the rabies vaccination at the same vet visit. The rest of the procedure depends on where you are entering Malta from. Read the instructions on this page and click on the rabies-controlled countries and high-rabies countries links and the process is pretty clear. We also have links on this page to clear instructions and forms required: http://www.pettravel.com/immigration/malta.cfm
Posted on 2014-11-22 04:26:08.0
aka.Cat
Thank you for your info and your help. Does that mean that if we follow all those steps the cats don't need to stay in quarantine in Malta? Thanks
Posted on 2014-11-22 04:55:54.0

Im coming from France..low anti rabies, the vet doesn't seem to think I need a rabies test for him…if she doesn't know I dont know who does?! Still waiting reply from Malta ????
Posted on 2014-11-22 12:05:48.0
PetTravel
Marion Tucker Marion - the rules state that, in order to enter another EU country, your cat must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies at least 21 days in advance of travel. It is clearly stated in their regulations. Malta has adopted these regulations as well.
Posted on 2014-11-24 04:31:27.0
PetTravel
Catherine Christie-Mutch Catherine - you are correct in that there will be no quarantine.
Posted on 2014-11-24 04:32:50.0

PetTravel Yes Ive understood the microchip and the rabies vaccination. Im now asking about the TEST which seems to apply to some countries but my vet here doesn't think it apples if I come from France?
Posted on 2014-11-25 10:16:38.0
pmartinturner
Hi we are planning a winter in Gozo, Malta 2015. what do my 5 dogs require to spend the winter with us??
Posted on 2014-11-27 18:22:36.0
PetTravel
Peter - the requirements depend on the country you are entering Malta from.
Posted on 2014-12-01 02:39:31.0
monika.wysskolb
Monika Wyss Kolb I have traveled to and from Malta several times with my small dog. For the import I needed an import license (last issued for the trip to Malta on Oct. 30 of this year). I will return to Switzerland with my dog next week and come back to Malta on January 2. Is there anything new or are procedures concerning the import licence the same as before?
Posted on 2014-12-12 17:17:03.0
maxineisabelle.buechter
Hi, we have booked tickets to fly with our 7 month old Teckel from Rome to Brussels in 20th of December and from Brussels to Malta on the 28th of December. She had a anti rabies jab on the 13th of November and a blood test on the 5th of December to measure her antibodies against rabies. We had to take her blood test to one of 3 labs in Italy and the result came back negative, she hasn't built up enough antibodies to reach a score of 0.5. We are so upset and don't know how to resolve this problem. Should we have another jab done, fly to Belgium and have another test done in Zbelgium but might risk one of us having to rebook tickets? Does this rule really still apply, as our vet seems to believe the law has changed. What shall I do to make sure we can take her with us? Please help! Thank you, on behalf of our Puppy Paloma
Posted on 2014-12-13 22:57:53.0
vlado.argirovski
Hi I am moving to Malta from Macedonia i and would like to take my dog with me. I assume that Macedonia is high list countiry (it was not in any of the listed country) so i want to do the test. My dog already have microchip and my question is where i can take the bood for analyse? It says approved laboratories? How would i know if the labaratory is approved or not? Thanks a lot
Posted on 2014-12-15 14:08:43.0
PetTravel
Hello Vlado - it may depend on when you are traveling as to whether the titer test is required. when are you planning to travel?
Posted on 2014-12-15 20:52:37.0
PetTravel
Maxine - if you are traveling within the EU, a titer test is not required. Your pup will need a microchip before the rabies test is administered and tapeworm treatment between one and five days of entering Malta. Get an EU pet passport.
Posted on 2014-12-15 21:02:01.0
vlado.argirovski
PetTravel \\hi again i am coming to Malta in august but i was planning to take my dog around Christmas time (first to find an apartment and settle down) but if the procedure is easier during summer i can come with her. Thank s again
Posted on 2014-12-15 21:05:22.0
PetTravel
Vlado Argirovski The rules for importing a dog or cat to the EU from Macedonia are changing as of the first of the year (we believe) and are trying to get confirmation on that. Will update the post.
Posted on 2014-12-16 03:01:25.0