Malta Pet Passport Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support
dogs and cats. Owners of other pets
should refer to item 12.
NOTE: A new Annex
IV form has been issued for all dogs, cats and ferrets
traveling to the European Union. If your pet's travel will
require that the form be completed by your veterinarian
after August 31, 2016, a new form must be used. The new
form is included in the pet passport package for Malta.
To enter Malta, your pet must first be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
A tattoo is an acceptable form of identification as long as it was given prior to July 3, 2011, is clearly visible and your pet's current rabies vaccination was administered after the tattoo was applied
If your pet is entering Malta from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country, it will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine. If your dog, cat or ferret has a current rabies vaccination but no microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted and wait 21 days before travel. Note that if you are traveling from the United States, the USDA will not endorse the Annex form (see step 5) until after the 21 day waiting period has expired.
Once you have 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 are met.
Rabies Titer Test
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 rabies titer test (FAVN) 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 no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering the United Kingdom from a high-rabies country. If you do not have 3 calendar months before traveling, your pet will be quarantined for the balance of time required to fulfill the 3 months.
Tapeworm Treatment - Dogs Only
Before your dog can enter Malta, it must be treated against certain tapeworms one to five days prior to entering the country unless your pet is entering directly from Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom or Norway. Your veterinarian must record the tapeworm treatment on the Annex form (see next step) before it is endorsed by the USDA if you are traveling to Malta from the United States.
Here is where the rules differ and depend on whether or not you or a legal representative of yours is traveling within 5 days of your pet's transport.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is traveling with or within 5 days of the pet. If this is correct, then your pet will travel under non-commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Malta from a country outside of the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Malta from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex IV form for Malta within 10 days of entry. (Note: new form is required if issued by a licensed veterinarian after August 31, 2016.) If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex IV form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office unless the Annex form is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military.This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)
You or your representative must sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport stating that your pet's transport does not involve the sale or transfer of ownership of your pet.
Traveling to Malta from another EU Member State:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- Have your veterinarian update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. An Annex IV form is not required for pets traveling to Malta from another EU Member State unless a rabies booster was administered by a veterinarian outside of the EU at any time after your pet received its microchip.
The owner or a legal representative of the owner is not traveling with or within 5 days of the pet OR the purpose of the transport involves a sale or transfer of ownership. If either of these is correct, then your pet will travel under commercial regulations as follows:
Traveling to Malta from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.
- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex I form within 48 hours of entry. If your pet is traveling from the United States or Canada, the veterinarian must be accredited by the USDA or CFIA respectively and the Annex IV form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office unless the Annex form is completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer or GS-0701 series civilian government veterinarian employed by the military. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 6 for transports of more than 5 pets.)
- Your pet must enter through an approved Border Inspection Post (BIP) at the international airport in Luqa. Notice must be given at least 3 days prior to arrival.
- All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Malta commercially from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets may only enter Malta commercially from these high-rabies countries and must have a titer test according to step #3 above.
Traveling to Malta from another EU Member State:
- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies.
- If your pet is traveling to Malta alone from another EU country, it must travel from a licensed premises which is registered with the governing authority in your EU country responsible for the import and export of pets. Your veterinarian must obtain and update an EU Pet Passport for your pet. Your pet's transport must be accompanied by an Intratrade health certificate completed within 48 hours of entry.
Pre Notification Form
A Prenotification Form from the Ministry of Sustainable Development is required to be filed at least 3 working days in advance.
Traveling with more than 5 pets
If you are traveling with more than 5 pets that are 6 months or older, unless you are going to a show or competition, your pets must meet the requirements as listed above (Annex I instead of Annex IV form), and have endorsement from the government agency that regulates the import and export of animals. If you are traveling to Malta from another EU country, you will also need to have an Intra Trade Certificate and register the movement on the TRACES system. If you are entering Malta from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 3 days notice of arrival.
Entering Malta by Air
Pets entering by air from outside the EU must do so at Border Inspection Post at Luqa.
Pets should enter Malta directly or transit through another EU Member State. If your pet transits through a high-rabies country, then a Transit Declaration will be required stating that your pet has had no contact with rabies-carrying animals and remained secured within the airplane or airport.
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.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens are not permitted to enter Malta. Puppies and kittens must be microchipped, then vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 12 weeks of age and wait at least 21 days prior to entering the country. Regulations in steps 1-5 will apply. Puppies from high-rabies countries must be at least 7 months of age.
The following breeds are not permitted to enter Malta: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. If you have a wolf hybrid or Savannah cat, then you must seek advice from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency before you travel.
All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Malta for another EU Member State 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, your veterinarian should do a Blood Titer Test at leat 3 months before you leave the country if you intend to return. Export permits may be required for non-accompanied transports.
There are no rabies requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to Malta from other EU states as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. However, pet rabbits and rodents imported to Malta from any other non-EU rabies-controlled country will be quarantined for 4 months.
Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents and rabbits 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 destination country.
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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