Turkey Pet Passport & Regulations
Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 9.
Your pet cat or dog must be vaccinated for rabies between 30 days and 12 months prior to entry into Turkey.
Vaccination certificate reflecting all the routine vaccinations administered by your veterinarian should also accompany your pet.
Blood Titer Test
No sooner than 30 days after the rabies vaccination is given, your pet should have a Blood Titer Test with the sample processed in an EU approved laboratory. (Have your veterinarian scan your pet's microchip prior to the titer test.) Assuming acceptable results, your pet can enter Turkey 3 months from the date the blood was drawn and your pet will avoid quarantine. If you do not have time to complete the test or wait 3 months prior to entering Turkey, your pet will be quarantined at home until the 3 months is met.
A USDA (or CFIA) accredited veterinarian must then complete the Veterinary Certificate for Turkey for endorsement by the USDA or CFIA if traveling from the United States or Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the Governing Authority of your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms.
Turkey will accept an updated EU Pet Passport in lieu of a veterinary certificate.
If your pet enters Turkey with a titer test completed 3 months prior to entering the country, then it will not be subject to quarantine. If your pet does not have a titer test or 3 months has not elapsed since the titer test, then your pet will be home quarantined for the duration of the 4 month period. (one month wait after vaccination and three months after the sample is taken.)
Entering Turkey by Air
All domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of disease communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry to Turkey. If your dog or cat is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at your expense.
Two pets can enter per family tax-free as long as they don't arrive unaccompanied.
Puppies and Kittens
Puppies and kittens under 3 months of age can enter Turkey with its Mother who meets the requirements above OR with a health declaration obtained by an official veterinarian which states where the puppy or kitten was born and reared and that it is an environment where it has not been in contact with wild animals. Additionally, an endorsed veterinary certificate and health declaration stating that your pet is healthy enough to travel, is free of diseases communicable to humans and is free of internal and external parasites is required. The owner's passport should be available.
Turkey does not have any published list of banned breeds.
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 Turkey. 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. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITIES 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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