Israel Pet Passport & Import Regulations
There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Israel 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 9.
To enter Israel, first your pet must be microchipped with an ISO 11784/11785 pet microchip that has 15 digits and is non-encrypted. If your pet's microchip is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant, you can bring your own microchip scanner.
Once your dog or cat is microchipped, it must be vaccinated for rabies no sooner than 31 days and no later than 12 months of entry. Note that Israel does not recognize 2- and 3- year vaccines.
Pets entering Israel from Oceania Countries**, Great Britain, Japan or Cyprus are exempt from rabies requirements; however, should be vaccinated once they enter Israel.
**Countries of Oceania include: Australia, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Tonga, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, American Samoa, Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Kiribati.
Rabies Titer Test
A rabies titer test (RNATT) is required no sooner than 30 days after the rabies vaccination for pets entering Israel from any country other than Oceania Countries**, Great Britain, Japan or Cyprus.
Samples must be processed at approved laboratories.
There is no minimum wait time to enter Israel after the titer test results are received.
The titer test is valid as long as your dog or cat's rabies vaccinations do not expire.
Dogs and cats who are entering Israel under the following conditions must have an import license:
- Unaccompanied pets
- Imports numbering more than two pets per person
- Pets who have been in their owner's possession less than 90 days
- Dogs classified as dangerous
All pets requiring an import license must enter Israel as air cargo.
Pet Health Certificate
A licensed veterinarian in the origination country must issue a pet health certificate for Israel within 10 days of entry. The certificate must be stamped (endorsed) by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. The health certificate must state that, at the time of examination, your pet did not exhibit any symptons of contacious or infectious diseases.
There is no limit as to the number of dogs and cats that you can bring to Israel; however the owner must obtain an import license. Notification must be provided a minimum of 2 working days in advance of arrival for those pets being imported under an import license and they must arrive in Israel as air cargo at Ben-Gurion Airport. The person or representative of the organization who will care for your pet during your confinement must be present at customs clearance.
Puppies and Kittens
Unvaccinated puppies and kittens entering Israel from Oceania, Great Britain, Japan and Cyprus can enter Israel at the age of 3 months, but they must be vaccinated within 5 days of arrival. Israel requires that puppies and kittens from other countries are vaccinated at 3 months and wait for 30 days, then get a rabies titer test prior to entering the country. Puppies and kittens from all other countries must be a minimum of 4 months and must be vaccinated for rabies 30 days and titer tested prior to entry.
All mixed breeds dogs will need their veterinarian note their lineage in the health certificate.
The following breeds or their crosses will need advance permission from the Director of Veterinary Services and Animal Health to enter Israel - American Staff Bull Terrier (Amstaff), Bull Terrier, Argentino Dogo, Japanese Tosa, Staff Bull Terrier (English Staff), Pit Bull Terrier, Brazilian Fila and Rottweiler. These breeds can be imported only if they are owned by a person over 18 years of age, are spayed or neutered and has resided with its owner for at least 18 months prior to entry. A muzzle must be worn at all times when in public.
Miniature Bull Terriers and American Bulldogs have additional requirements.
Exporting Pets Living in Israel
Cats and dogs departing Israel must be accompanied by a veterinary health certificate signed and approved by a government veterinary doctor who is employed by Veterinary Services. Health certificates completed by private doctors will not be accepted.
Your dog or cat older than 3 months of age must have proof of rabies vaccination at least 30 days prior to travel and not more than one year prior to travel. Dogs must also have a holding license issued by the local authority.
If the owner is not transporting the pet, it must grant his or her representative Power of Attorney to transport the pet.
Birds must have an import permit and health certificate to enter Israel. 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 Israel. 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 (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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