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Gibraltar Pet Passport & Import Regulations

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There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Gibraltar as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 11.

1.

Pet Microchip

pet microchip

To enter Gibraltar, 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.

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2.

Rabies Vaccination

pet microchip

If your pet is entering Gibraltar 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 not been vaccinated after it was fitted with a microchip, it will have to be vaccinated again after the microchip is implanted. Once you have entered Gibraltar, 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.

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3.

Blood Titer Test

Blood Titer Test

If your pet is entering Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar no sooner than 3 calendar months after the date the blood was drawn and avoid quarantine. This step is not required unless entering Gibraltar from a high-rabies country.

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4.

Health Certificate

pet health certificate

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 Gibraltar from a country outside of the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply. If entering Gibraltar from a high-rabies country, step 3 applies.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the Annex IV form within 10 days 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. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals. (see item 5 if you are traveling with more than 5 pets.)

Traveling to Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar 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.

No matter what country you are entering Gibraltar from, 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.

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 Gibraltar from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled country outside the EU:

- Regulations in steps 1 and 2 apply.

- A licensed veterinarian must complete the the bi-lingual version of 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 I form must be endorsed by the local USDA (United States) or CFIA (Canada) office. This form is good for transports of 5 or less animals.

- Your pet must enter through Gibraltar International Airport. Notice must be given 24 hours prior to arrival. 

- All dogs, cats and ferrets may enter Gibraltar commercially from a rabies-free or rabies-controlled countries. Dogs, cats and ferrets may only enter Gibraltar commercially from these permitted countries and must have a titer test according to step #3 above.

Traveling to Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar 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.

Including Andorra, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Vatican City
5.

Traveling with more than 5 pets

exporting more than 5 dogs or cats from Germany

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 Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar from a non-EU rabies-controlled or rabies-free country, you will need to enter through an approved Border Inspection Post and give 24 hours notice of arrival.

6.

Entering Gibraltar by Air

airplane

Due to regulations set by commercial airlines approved to fly animals to Gibraltar, pets must arrive as manifest cargo unless they are medically certified service animals or documented emotional support animals and your airline has a program that supports the transport of these animals in the cabin. Pets flying to Gibraltar should enter the country via Gibraltar International Airport (North Front Airport).

7.

Puppies and Kittens

Gibraltar puppy or kitten import

Special provisions exist for the movement between Member States of dogs, cats and ferrets which are under 3 months old into Gibraltar, please contact the Environmental Agency.

8.

Banned Breeds

Banned Dogs in Gibraltar

The following breeds or their crosses are banned from entry to Gibraltar: Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Fila Brasilero and Dogo Argentino.

9.

Exporting Pets

export pets from Gibraltar

All dogs, cats and ferrets leaving Gibraltar should 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 before you leave the country if you intend to return.

10.

Other Animals

rabbits turtles other animals

There are no requirements for other species of rodents, rabbits, birds, ornamental fish, intervebrates, amphibians and reptiles imported to Gibraltar from other EU states as well as Andorra, Switzerland, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway and San Marino; however pet owners of these animals are encouraged to contact the Environmental Agency prior to importation.

11.

CITES

CITES endangered turtle

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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