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.
Dogs and cats entering Israel from Oceania*, Britain, Japan and Cyprus, if not currently vaccinated, must be vaccinated within 5 days of entry.
Countries of Oceania include: Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Rabies Titer Test
A rabies titer test (RNATT) is required no sooner than 31 days* after the rabies vaccination for pets entering Israel from any country other than Oceana, Great Britain, Japan or Cyprus. Samples must be processed at approved laboratories. *If your pet received an annual booster vaccination and its previous vaccination was a one year vaccination and had not expired at the time of the booster, then 31 day wait does not apply. 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.
Pet owners entering Israel with less than 2 pets per person who have signed a declaration that they have owned their pet for less than 90 days are exempt from obtaining an import license. Note that the import of dangerous dogs will require an import permit. (see step #8)
The Veterinary Certificate for Israel must be completed within 10 days of entry and it must be stamped (endorsed) by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. If you are traveling from the United States this would be the State USDA office or the CFIA office if traveling from Canada. The health certificate must state that, at the time of examination, your pet did not exhibit any symptons of contacious or infectious diseases.
Your pet must enter Israel through one of the following ports of entry: Ben Gurion Airport, Haifa seaport, Ashdod seaport and Eilat seaport. Advance notice must be given to customs officials so a veterinary inspector can be available to inspect your pet. Pets can fly into Israel as checked baggage or as air cargo.
There is no limit as to the number of dogs and cats that you can bring to Israel; however if there are more than two dogs or cats then the owner must obtain an import license. Notification must be provided a minimum of 2 working days in advance of arrival for thos pets being imported under an import license and they must arrive in Israel as air cargo at Ben-Gurion Airport.
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 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 prior to entry.
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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