Bringing Your Pet to Turkey

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Pets are an important part of our life and family. We want to take them with us wherever we go. If you are going to take your pet with you to another country, you should know the pet transportation procedures of that country. Turkey allows pets to be brought in from abroad.

There are some limits on the animals to be brought to Turkey from abroad. Therefore, it is useful to know the customs rules. The number and type of animals that can be brought with the passenger are limited to 2 dogs, cats, bird species and 10 aquarium fish. There are veterinarians assigned at the air, land, and sea gates to enter the country. Before the pet enters the country, the animals must be checked by veterinarians. It is another requirement that the pet must be brought with the passenger.

When the pet is brought in, the veterinary health report, vaccination certificate, and, if any, passport and identity document must be submitted to the customs administration. Dangerous animals such as Pit Bull, Terrier, Japanese Tosa, and Dogo, Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, and their hybrids are prohibited from entering the country.

A microchip is required for cats and dogs for identification. Numbered rings should be attached to the leg of poultry. Cats and dogs should have been vaccinated after they are 3 months old. For adult animals, there should be periodic revaccination. These vaccinations should be written on the passport or identity document. At least 30 days after the last rabies vaccine, a rabies antibody titration test is required. No retesting is required for animals with acceptable anti-rabies antibody titers on their passport and animals regularly vaccinated against rabies.

If the cat or dog is younger than 3 months, they must enter Turkey with their mothers, or the official veterinarian of the relevant country must declare a document indicating that the dog or cat has not been in contact with any wild animal and has not been in the same environment. Poultry can come from regions that are not restricted due to avian influenza.

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